Leadership Team


Sarwar Hossain

Executive Director

Sarwar joined SBUK as a CEO and the Executive Director in 2015.

Sarwar has been with SBL since 1984 gaining experience in Trade Finance, Credit and Operations. Thereafter, participated in senior management roles for over 10 SBL branches. Prior to his current position Sarwar was the CEO of Sonali Bank Ltd, India operations for 5 years.

Sarwar enjoys traveling the world with a good book.

Steven Boult

Executive Director

Steve joined SBUK as a Chief Risk Officer and an Executive Director in December 2016.

Previously he held the position as the Head of Risk & Compliance at Bank of Beirut (UK) Ltd and has gained over 30 years of experience in the financial industry.

Catch Steve cruising down the streets on his motorbike.

Kazim Ather

Head of Foreign Trade

Kazim joined SBUK as the Head of Finance in 1994.

Kazim has had over 30 years of experience in Trade Finance and has previously worked for BCCI and in International Trade. Prior to his career in the Trade Finance sector he was a business person in Bangladesh.

Kazim enjoys cricket and is a great supporter of the Bangladesh national cricket team

Peter Kerr

Senior Head of Finance

Peter joined Sonali Bank (UK) in July 2018 as the Senior Head of Finance.

Peter has been in the Finance industry for over 20 years. Prior to his current position he has worked for Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Royal Bank of Canada.

Peter is a family man who enjoys days out with his children.

Khaledur Rahman

Senior Operations Manager

Khaledur joined SBUK in September 2016 as the Senior Operations Manager.

Previously Khaledur held a position as the Senior Principal Officer at Sonali Bank Limited in Dhaka and a Fund/Treasury Manager at Sonali Bank Limited, India. Over the years he has carried out a number of roles in varies departments such as remittance, International Trade Finance, Foreign Currency Control and AML.

Khaledur enjoys watching movies and spending time with his family.

James Tewes

Chief Technology Officer

James joined SBUK in 2017.

James has 20 years of experience within technology. Over the last 10 years he has focused on technology specifically for the banking sector and was appointed CTO for Sonali Bank at the start of 2018. Prior to banking James built up his experience across a diverse range of industries, including oil/gas, sports, manufacturing and shipping.

James is a sports enthusiast and enjoys motorbike track days.

Board of Directors

Mahmud Hussain

Non-Executive Chairman

Mahmud joined SBUK as Chairman in December 2017. Previously he has worked for Citi Group (in Tokyo & London) as a Director heading the risk structuring and assessment division. Mahmud has also worked for Deutsche Bank & Nikko Salomon Smith Barney in Tokyo.
In the last few years he has founded financial organisations including an Asset management Company, a Merchant Bank and in 2015, a Bangladesh Bank licensed Financial Institution.

Obayed Ulla Al Masud

Non-Executive Director

Obayed joined Sonali Bank Limited as CEO in August 2016. Prior to this Mr. Masud held the position of Managing Director at Karmasangsthan Bank from October 2014 to August 2016 and has also carried out various senior positions at Argrani Bank.

Fazlul Haque

Non-Executive Director

Fazlul joined Sonali Bank (UK) Ltd as a Non-Executive Director in May 2018. Currently he holds a position as the Director of Sonali Bank Ltd. Fazlul also works for the Government of Bangladesh Finance Ministry where he is involved in Regulations and Policy formation which includes Trade Finance.

Sarwar Hossain

Chief Executive Officer

Sarwar Hossain has held the position of CEO and Executive Director at Sonali Bank (UK) Limited since May 2015. Prior to this he was CEO of Sonali Bank Ltd, India Operations, India, from 2011 to 2015.

Steven Boult

Executive Director

Steve Boult joined Sonali Bank (UK) Limited as Chief Risk Officer and Executive Director in December 2016. Prior to this he held a position as the Head of Risk & Compliance at Bank of Beirut (UK) Ltd from December 2014 to December 2016. Steve has also worked for various foreign banks and global investment banks in similar roles.

Paul Johnson

Non-Executive Director

Paul joined Sonali Bank (UK) Ltd as a Non-Executive Director in January 2017. He has over 27 years of experience in the finance sector. Paul is an Operational and technical expert including as a CIO advising of a blockchain based Fintech financial service Company and as a COO of an Insurance Brokerage. He has also held COO and CIO positions at Aldermore Bank, GMAC and Lloyds Bank.