Keith Leach has worked in banking for over 30 years, beginning his career at Lloyds Bank before moving to The United Bank of Kuwait (now Ahli United Bank) then ABC International Bank before his move to Al Rayan Bank last year.
Keith started work in Islamic finance in the mid 1990's starting the first Shariah compliant home finance programme designed for the UK Muslim community. This led him to become a founding member of the UK Government's working party established to help the UK provide Islamic financial services on a level playing field with the conventional banking sector. Keith's involvement led to changes to the way Stamp Duty was levied for Shariah compliant transactions in the UK. Since this time Keith launched the Alburaq Shariah Compliant mortgage while at ABC as well as an innovative savings product which linked returns to a basket of Shariah compliant shares. More lately Keith has specialised in commercial property finance, funding a number of high value property purchases in the UK for investors from the Middle East region.