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New signature for BoE notes

Sarah John, the Bank of England’s new Chief Cashier, whose signature will occur on all future issues of the bank, including the new Turner £20. (Image courtesy and © Bank of England)

On the last day of April, the Governor of the Bank of England announced the appointment of a new Chief Cashier and Director of Notes: Sarah John. She will take up the role on June 1.

In making the announcement, the Governor observed: “Bank notes play a central role in public life and are a crucial part of the Bank’s mission to maintain monetary stability. I am delighted that Sarah will be leading this area as the Bank’s thirty-third Chief Cashier. She will bring a wealth of experience to our work to issue the polymer £20 featuring J.M.W. Turner and to research new bank note technologies, as well as the future of bank note demand.”

John joined the Bank as a graduate from Cambridge in 1999. Over the past 19 years, she has undertaken a wide variety of roles in relation to monetary policy, financial stability and markets. Most recently, she was Head of Sterling Markets Division. It will be John’s signature that will appear on all future issues of the bank, including the new £20.

The outgoing Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, has been promoted to Executive Director for Banking, Payments and Financial Resilience.


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