Stephen Doherty | Influence 100
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Stephen Doherty 

Group Head of Corporate Relations 
Barclays 
UK

 

 

 Affable, open and incisive, Doherty joined Barclays in mid-2012 as the bank struggled to get to grips with a succession of reputation crises, coinciding with the departures of the chairman and the CEO in the midst of an interest rate manipulation scandal.

But joining an organisation at rock bottom (in reputational terms) had its advantages. Doherty, who was previously the communications chief at Diageo, has since helped guide Barclays towards a more enlightened view of corporate reputation, advocating for behaviour rather than just words and building a strong communications function at the bank. 

In 2018, he was promoted from head of corporate comms to the newly-created role of group head of corporate relations, with additional responsibility for government relations, as well as its citizenship function, the brand, insight and sponsorship team (including Barclays’s high-profile sponsorship of the Premier League), and the events, roadshows and hospitality division. This year, with events slowing to a halt, Barclays, like all banks, has the additional communications challenge of showing it is supporting personal and business banking customers through emergency funding and payment breaks.

Before joining Barclays, Doherty worked agency-side at Cohn & Wolfe for four years, as well as at Weber Shandwick and Edelman, after an early career in politics.