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Anna Cross

Chief Finance Officer, Barclaycard

What was your first job, and what did it teach you?

I worked as a cleaner. It taught me not only the value of money but also how many people judge and treat others (badly), even whilst knowing nothing about them.  

Why did you want to work for Barclaycard?

Having spent a large part of my career in retail and retail banking, I’ve worked with many brands from grocery products to fashion and now financial services. I’m really excited to be part of a business whose brand is synonymous with credit cards.

What do you love most about your job?

As CFO, you really do sit at the heart of the organisation. I can see the wider context of the business and have a chance to get involved in many many things.

Rick Vassell

What’s your motto?

Work hard as a collective. As a team, we stand and fall together.

Tell us something surprising.

I come from a very large family, and have 48 first cousins.

What do you do in your spare time?

When I’m not in Canary Wharf, I live in North Yorkshire. That gives me the opportunity to be outside in fabulous countryside, so weekends see me walking, cycling or horseriding with my family.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

“Go out on a skinny branch.” That means taking a risk, stretching yourself, and making progress!

Rick Vassell