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New additions to Leeds Building Society’s senior management team

Leeds Building Society has strengthened its leadership team by appointing three new senior managers.

The three appointments are promotions of existing colleagues:

  • Nikki Marsh - Chief Communications and Digital Officer;
  • Andrew Mellor - General Manager – Enterprise and Treasury Risk;
  • Alison Port - Chief Strategy Officer.

Welcoming the new appointments, Leeds Building Society Chief Executive Peter Hill said: “As part of our strategy to be Britain’s most successful building society we have added three new roles to our senior management team.

“Nikki, Andrew and Alison have all made a significant impact in their current roles and will contribute further to the wider Society agenda, leading on digital and brand, enterprise risk management, and strategy respectively.”

Nikki joined the Society in January 2013 as Head of Marketing and Ecommerce and her career has spanned all areas of the marketing and communications mix, from a B2C and B2B perspective, with 20 years spent in the private sector both agency and client side, as well as five years at the Department of Work and Pensions, heading up marketing, customer management and digital services. She is formally-qualified through the Institute of Direct Marketing.

Since joining the Society, Nikki has led its rebrand and digital development and in her new role as Chief Communications and Digital Officer will continue to develop the marketing and digital strategy, as well as taking responsibility for the corporate and internal communications agenda.

Andrew has worked at Leeds Building Society since May 2013 and was initially responsible for Treasury Risk oversight. During the past 12 months, his responsibilities extended to include more of an enterprise-wide focus, with oversight of Operational Risk and Information Security. In his new role, Andrew will continue to focus on developing the risk infrastructure of the Society to ensure the business is well positioned to continue to be successful in an ever increasing regulated control environment.

Andrew has previously worked in consultancy and assurance roles for a big four accountancy firm and has held various senior compliance positions in the Building Society and Banking sector. His qualifications include an MBA, ICA Diploma in Compliance, CII FPC & AFPC, and IFS CeMAP.

Alison joined the Society in June 2013 as Head of Strategy, after spending a number of years within the strategy team at Aviva plc, based in York. Alison is a Fellow of the ICAEW and represents Leeds Building Society at the Payments Council, the UK’s collaborative body for the Payments Industry.

Since joining the Society, she has guided the ongoing development of the Society’s mission and strategy. In her new role as Chief Strategy Officer, Alison will continue to oversee the development of the Society’s longer-term strategy, as well as taking responsibility for the Society’s legacy portfolios.


Notes to Editors

Pictures of Nikki Marsh, Andrew Mellor and Alison Port are available - please contact the press office on 0113 225 7903.

Leeds Building Society has won four awards for innovation in the past 12 months, including being named ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the Moneywise Magazine Mortgage Awards 2014 for its Welcome Mortgage. This allows borrowers to pay 0% interest for the first few months of their term so they can free up cash to help them settle into their new home.

The Society scooped the ‘Mortgage Innovation Award’ and was named ‘Most Innovative Personal Finance Provider’ at the Moneynet Personal Finance Awards 2014, and also received the ‘Innovation Award (Lenders)’ at the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards 2015, in addition to being named ‘Best Intermediary Lender’ for the second consecutive year and receiving the award for ‘Best Use of Technology (Lenders)’.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.1bn (as at 30 June 2014). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.