The UK branch of Silicon Valley Bank has appointed of Patrick Flynn as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for UK and EMEA.

Based in London, Flynn will be responsible for managing the bank’s operations, client service, tech and vendor management for SVB in the UK and across Europe.

He will report to Erin Platts, Head of EMEA and President of the SVB UK Branch.

As a specialist in technology, operations, frontline services and business change management, Flynn will focus on developing, implementing and executing the strategy for the day-to-day operations of SVB across EMEA and the UK to streamline systems, improve processes and better serve the bank’s clients and employees.

He brings to the role over 20 years of experience in financial services, having most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Santander Corporate and Investment Bank where he was responsible for Middle Office, Governance Operational Risk and Compliance, Business Management and Change, Technology and Operations.

At Barclays Investment Bank he held the role of Chief Operating Officer of Global Finance Risk Solutions. He has also held senior operational roles at Nomura and Lehman Brothers.

Flynn started his career in the British Army as an Aircraft Engineering Officer where he served in a variety of front line and staff roles. He holds a BEng in Electronic Systems Engineering as well as an MBA from Cranfield University.

Flynn said: “In these particularly challenging times, supporting innovators and investors in the innovation economy remains as important as ever. I am excited to be joining a fantastic team at Silicon Valley Bank to help drive growth and scalability to the operational capabilities enabling the solutions that we provide to our clients across the UK and EMEA.”

“We are delighted to have Patrick join our team,” said Erin Platts, Head of EMEA and President of the SVB UK Branch: “Patrick has an incredible wealth of experience across the banking industry in managing operations at the highest level and we are pleased he has chosen Silicon Valley Bank for the next stage of his career, particularly at a time when we are very much open for business, scaling fast and investing in our people, platform and market presence to support our clients.”