Mr. Herbert Wigwe, FCA

Mr. Wigwe started his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand Associates, an international firm of Chartered Accountants. He spent over 10 years at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc where he managed several portfolios, including financial institutions, large corporates and multinationals.
He left Guaranty Trust Bank as an Executive Director to co-lead the transformation of Access Bank Plc in March 2002 as Deputy Managing Director. He was appointed Group Managing Director/CEO effective January 1, 2014 and served in that capacity till May 2022. He was subsequently appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Bank effective May 2022.
Mr Wigwe is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Management Programme. He holds a master’s degree in Banking and International Finance from the University College of North Wales, a master’s degree in Financial Economics from the University of London and a B.Sc. degree in Accounting from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). Mr Wigwe is the Chairman of The Access Bank (UK) Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company Plc; FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange; Shared Agents Network Expansion Facilities Ltd and Agri-Business/ SME Enterprises Investment Scheme. He is also a member of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

Professional Experience

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Appointment Date

Board Committee Membership

May 2022 - Date
Non-Executive Director, Access Bank Plc

June 2007

Fellow, The Institute of Credit Administration

Effective May 2022

Member-Board Human Resources and Sustainability Committee

January 2014-May 2022
Group Managing Director
Access Bank Plc


Chairman, Access Bank UK

November 2004
Honorary Member of Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria

Member-Board Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee

March 2002-December 2013

Group Deputy Managing Director, Access Bank Plc

May 2001

Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA)

Member-Board Risk Management Committee

December 1999-February 2002

Executive Director, Guaranty Trust Bank

September 1996

MSC Financial Economics, University of London

Member-Board Digital and Information Technology Committee

May 1999 – Dec., 1999

Group Head – Institutional Banking Group , Guaranty Trust Bank, (Deputy General Manager)

October 1, 1990 – Sept 1991

M.A. Banking and Finance, University College of North Wales

Member-Board Technical Committee on Retail Expansion

May 1996 – May 1998

Group Head: Energy Group, Guaranty Trust Bank (Assistant General Manager)

October 1989

Associate of Chartered Institute of Accountants of Nigeria (ACA).

November 1991 – May 1996
Corporate Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank
(Deputy Manager -Manager)

September 1983 – June 1987

B.Sc. Accountancy (2nd Class Upper Division)

University of Nigeria Nsukka, Enugu Campus

Sept 1989 – Sept 1990

Credit Analyst, Kapital Merchant Bank, Lagos

July 1988 – Sept 1989

Audit Trainee-
Coopers and Lybrand – Chartered Accountants

Sept 1987 – July 1988

Graduate Assistant, Coopers and Lybrand Associates Limited, Lagos