Senior Management

  • Dr. David Thuku

    Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

    A career banker with over 25 years of experience, David has literally earned his stripes. Starting off as a management trainee at Standard Chartered in 1990 and navigating through senior management roles in marketing, investment management, project management, product and sales innovation, risk management, branch management, training & competency development and business re-engineering. His last role at Barclays Bank included serving as the Head of Secured Lending, Head of Business Banking and Retail Director at Barclays Bank Seychelles.

    He joined Family Bank in January 2013, taking on the role of Director, Retail Banking. He is credited with introducing and refining structures that championed the bank’s drive towards customer centric initiatives. David, who has just completed his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Liverpool, UK, believes that the foundational business relationships and knowledge that Family Bank has built over the years, with its customers provides the bank with the social license to operate and a pragmatic framework for a growth that is fueled by customer centrism. He cites integrity, accountability and fidelity to structures and systems as critical enablers for sustained success of the bank.

    Before embarking on a career in Banking, David trained as a teacher at Kenyatta University where he earned his first degree, Bachelor of Education, B.Ed (Sciences). He credits his early training for his fervent belief in mentorship and coaching. He constantly challenges people to dream beyond their own imagination as he believes anything is possible with focus, purposefulness and resilience. David also holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Nairobi, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Singapore and a Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching (UK).

  • Ms. Rebecca Mbithi

    Company Secretary and Director Legal Services

    Rebecca was appointed Company Secretary & Head of Legal in January 2015.

    She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Masters in Business Administration from United States International University. She is a Certified Public Secretary and a Certified Public Accountant.
    Rebecca has over fourteen years’ experience in legal and Company Secretarial practice both as an advocate and also at top management level in two large organizations. She served as Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs in Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd for four years before joining Rift Valley Railways as the Company Secretary and Legal Counsel for five years. She has vast experience in corporate governance and has served in the Corporate Governance and Standards Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries Kenya.

  • Charles Kimani Njuguna

    Chief Finance Officer

    Charles Kimani is an experienced business leader with over 20 years work experience in the Financial Services industry spanning across the East Africa region. Prior to joining Family Bank in November 2017, Charles held various senior management positions at Old Mutual Group and GT Bank. He has been instrumental in spearheading strategic direction and the realization of sustainable long-term growth with immense expertise in mergers and acquisitions, business turnaround, strategy development, as well as financial and risk management. Mr. Njuguna holds a Master in Business Administration (Finance) and is also a CPA(K) and CPS(K) holder

  • Godfrey Kamau Kariuki

    Chief Operations Officer

    Godfrey, a seasoned banker with over 25 years’ experience, joined Family Bank in September 2017 as the Chief Operations Officer. Prior to joining Family Bank, Godfrey served as the Head of Operations at Ecobank Kenya Limited for over 2 years where he is credited for leading transformations in cash management, branch management as well as trade, treasury and card operations. Godfrey has also held various senior roles at Barclays Bank in Kenya, Egypt and Seychelles including: Head of Operations, Senior Project Manager, Manager Corporate Operations and Manager Documentation and Securities Centre among others.

    Godfrey holds a Master of Business Administration from the Institute of Technology, Australia, and has also undertaken various training and development programs in management, leadership and banking including Managing Managers for Results, Business Lending Fundamentals Programme, and Omega Performance (UK), to single out a few.

  • James Karinga

    Head of Credit

    James Karinga joined Family Bank in October  2007 as a Credit Manager. He rose through the ranks to become the Head of Credit where he is tasked with offering departmental strategic leadership.

    Karinga was instrumental in the strategy formulation and development of SME banking unit from inception to the current levels where it is a strategic unit within the Bank.  Prior to that he had  developed the Asset Finance product from the ground-up, propelling its growth to a KES 9 billion loan book over the period he was Head of Asset Finance.

    He has also been instrumental in developing a  robust and  clear credit framework to support the  lending function of the Bank.

    Karinga holds an MBA in Strategic Management from University of Nairobi and a Degree in Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from the same University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA K).

    He is uniquely positioned to offer 16 years of progressive experience in commercial banking, with senior-management accountabilities in Asset Finance, SME, Banking and Overall Credit Management.

  • John Wachiuri

    Head of Audit

    John Wachiuri joined Family Bank as the Head of Audit in 2016 from Bank of Africa where he was the Head of Internal Audit. He has over 15 years of experience gained from an expansive career spanning from Equity Bank where he worked as an Internal Auditor, a Finance Officer at Credit Bank, a lecturer in Finance, Accounting and Auditing at Strathmore University, a Senior Internal Auditor at the East African Development Bank based in Uganda and the Head of Internal Audit at the Competition Authority of Kenya. He previously served as Head of Audit at Family Bank Limited.

    Wachiuri has been involved in setting up risk and compliance departments, designing internal audit departments using risk based methodology whilst offering valuable recommendations and strategic insights to Management and Boards of the organizations he has worked in especially in the improvement of internal controls, enhancing enterprise risk management and cost efficiency.

    Wachiuri is a holder of a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) majoring  in Finance from the United States International University and a Bachelors of Education Degree (Business Studies and Economics) from Kenyatta University.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya, a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is currently pursuing the Certified Public Secretaries (CPS) designation. Besides, he is an active member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), and also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Wachiuri is an accredited Integrity Assurance Officer by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and is also a designated trainer of trainers in Corporate Governance by the Centre of Corporate Governance.

  • John Ndugi

    Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking

    John Ndugi, a seasoned banker with over 15 years experience, was appointed the Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking in January 2017.

    John started his career at Family Bank Ltd as an Operations Officer, moving up to different functions in Customer Service, Credit, Branch Operations and Branch Management.  Prior to this appointment, John was a Regional Manager where he oversaw the business growth and performance in Mount Kenya Region and Nairobi North Region.

    Mr. Ndugi is a holder of a Master of Banking and Finance (Micro-finance Option) from Moi University, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Business Administration) from Daystar University. He is also Certified by the International Coaching Federation (IFC) as an Engagement and Productivity Coach (CEPC).

    Over the course of his career he has also attended numerous trainings covering Leadership, Client Relationship Management, Credit Management, Performance Management and Marketing of Financial Services.

  • Nancy Njau

    Head of Retail Banking

    An astute banker with over 15 years experience, Nancy Njau is the Head of Retail Banking. Nancy joined Family Bank in 2002 as a graduate clerk and has risen through the ranks, having worked in various branches and capacities across the network. Appointed into the position in 2017, she previously served as the Regional Manager for Nairobi Central with an overall oversight mandate for growth of the 21 branches constituting the Region.

    Nancy holds a Masters in Business Administration in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting) from Kenyatta University and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management. In addition, she is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA-K) and a trained Executive Leadership Coach. She has attended numerous courses on Performance Management, Credit Management, Transformational Leadership, Customer Service, to name a few.

  • Elijah Kariuki

    Head of Human Resources

    Elijah Kariuki is a HR specialist and a seasoned banker with over 11 years’ banking experience. He was appointed Head of Human Resources in October 2018. He started his career at Family Bank Ltd as an Intern in the ICT department in October 2007, he rose through the ranks in different functions as ICT Officer, Operations Officer in Trade Finance, HR Officer, Senior HR Officer, HR assistant Manager, HR Manager to Senior Human Resource Business Partner. Prior to this appointment, Elijah was the acting Head of HR.

    Elijah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Kenyatta University. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management and a certificate in counselling both from the college of Human Resource Management.

    Over the course of his career he has also attended numerous trainings covering Leadership, People Management, Labour Law, Performance Management and many more. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Nairobi. He is a full member of the Institute of Human Resource Management Kenya (IHRM).

  • Julius Mbugua Ng’ang’a

    General Manager - Family Bank Insurance Agency

    Julius holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics Major) degree from Egerton University and is a member of the Insurance Institute of Kenya (IIK). He is also pursuing a Diploma in Insurance from College of Insurance. He has over 15 years extensive experience in insurance Underwriting, Product Development, Marketing & Business Development both personal and corporate lines.

    Prior to joining the bank, Julius worked for Equity Insurance for 10 years where he oversaw successful implementation of bancassurance business. He has also worked for blue chip composite underwriters namely British American Insurance Company (Britam) handling corporate lines and Insurance Company of East Africa (now ICEA-LION) handling personal lines and is fully conversant with all technical aspects of General & Life insurance.