Wednesday 19 June 2019 7:00 am

Metro Bank and Network Rail bosses voted among most popular by staff

Metro Bank staff have backed their boss Craig Donaldson in a list of the UK’s most popular chief executives.

Despite Metro Bank’s tough start to the year, chief executive Donaldson came third in recruitment firms Glassdoor’s top 50 CEOs list with a 98 per cent approval rating from employees.

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Water company Anglian Water’s chief executive Peter Simpson topped the table with a 99 per cent approval rating from his staff.

Anglian Water was also recently awarded the industry top prize; water company of the year.

Donaldson offered to step down earlier this year after the bank admitted that a swathe of commercial loans had been wrongly classified and should have been among its “risk-weighted assets.”

But the board refused his resignation, backing him to continue and steady the ship through a successful £375m capital raise last month.

Network Rail boss Andrew Haines, who replaced Mark Carne in May 2018, was second also with a 98 per cent score.

Just two women made the list – water company Severn Trent’s boss Liv Garfield in 40th and car hire firm Enterprise’s Pam Nicholson in 41st place – down from six in 2018.

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg was fourth, while Siemens boss Juergen Maier was fifth.

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“Today’s job seekers are looking for leaders who share their values and will empower them to bring their full selves to work,” Glassdoor president Christian Sutherland-Wong said.

“More and more, we’re seeing top chief executives make decisions to shape the culture of their organisations to help recruit and retain quality talent, which has a direct correlation to fuelling business success.”