Barclays Wealth & Investment Management (Barclays W&IM) has named Kathleen Britain as its new head of charities.

Based in London, Britain will be tasked with overseeing the strategy and proposition for the unit’s UK-based charity clients.

Previously, Britain was head of citizenship for UK and Europe at Barclays, with responsibility for heading the development of the regional shared growth ambition strategy. She also served in leadership roles at Barclays’ real estate team.

Prior to joining Barclays in 2005, she served in the wealth management arm in New York and San Francisco at Wachovia Bank.

At present, she works as a trustee of Stop the Traffik, National AIDS Trust and the Stephenson Academy, where she is also a school governor.

Barclays W&IM UK private banking CEO Dena Brumpton said: “Having spent several years working closely with the not for profit sector, Kathleen has the experience and credibility to lead the charities proposition at Barclays. She brings with her an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing the sector that is crucial in order to support our clients to achieve their financial objectives and deliver the best solution for them.”

"With over 60 years of presence in the sector, the Charities team has strong nationwide coverage with specialist support to manage 700 charity relationships.”