Sixty Second Interview - Marjorie Strachan

Majorie Strachan RBS

Marjorie Strachan is Head of Inclusion at RBS and is responsible for driving the banking group’s diversity agenda. She is the subject of our latest 60 second interview.

Her latest project sees RBS supporting the British LGBT Awards – the UK's biggest gay event that recognises those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGBT community.

More information about the awards can be found at

Q - How long have you been in the industry, and what is your current job title ?

I've worked in various change management/performance optimisation roles for nearly 25 years and currently lead RBS' inclusion agenda.

Q - Did you have a mentor and, if so, who ?

No but I would like one.

Q - Are you by nature a pessimist or an optimist ?


Q - Which business leader do you admire the most and why ?

Steve Jobs. He is not afraid to challenge the status quo to deliver great results. An innovator… with a huge brain and a huge heart.

Q - What's the biggest lesson you have learned in your career to date ?

Support your team to be successful and you'll be successful, too.

Q - What's your favorite business quotation or life motto ?

'Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman' - George Soros. We all need to think about that now and again!

Q - What's the best business book you've ever read ?

Emotional Intelligence: Daniel Goleman.

Q - Why is it important for RBS to support the British LGBT Awards ?

We are a bank that is determined to make a difference; for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. And we can't do that unless we value difference. Supporting these awards is a way of demonstrating we are a bank that wants everyone to feel welcome - regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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