The Board of Directors

  • A portrait of Robin Ashton

    Robin Ashton

    I joined the Board as a non-executive Director in April 2011 and became Chairman in March 2013. In my role as Chairman, I attend a number of Board Committees. I am a strong supporter of the building society sector and the mutual business model, which plays an important role in UK financial services. I am a Chartered Accountant and spent my executive career in retail financial services. I am also a non-executive Director of Shawbrook Bank Ltd. I am married with three children and my interests include reading and motorsports.

  • A portrait of Peter Hill

    Peter Hill

    I joined the Society in 2001 as a Senior Manager and was appointed to the Board, as Operations Director, in 2006. I became Chief Executive in 2011. My role is to lead the Society’s Executive Team; set the tone in respect of the Society’s culture; develop strategy, and deliver a balanced business performance in the long term interests of our members. I am an active contributor to the Leeds and Yorkshire business community, a member of the Council of Mortgage Lenders Executive and Chairman’s Committees, Deputy Chairman of the Northern Association of Building Societies and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I am married with two sons at secondary school.

  • A portrait of Philippa Brown

    Philippa Brown

    I joined the Board as a non-executive Director in January 2013 and bring a strong consumer and marketing perspective to the role. I am also a member of the Group Risk Committee. Putting the interests of the members at the heart of the business provides a strong point of difference and one of the reasons why the Society has been so successful. I have been employed in marketing and advertising for 25 years and am Chief Executive Officer of a UK leading media agency, Omnicom Media Group UK. Outside of work I enjoy swimming and have two children. I also support Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Childline.

  • A portrait of Susan Cooklin

    Susan Cooklin

    I am delighted to have joined the Board in February 2014. I am currently Group Chief Information Officer at Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd. Prior to this I was a senior executive at Barclays Bank Plc. within operations and technology, having spent over 20 years in financial services. I am proud to be joining a mutual organisation where the interests of members are core to our business. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and swimming.

  • A portrait of David Fisher

    David Fisher

    I joined the Board in March 2012. I am a member of the Assets and Liabilities, Remuneration, Credit Committees and a Pension Scheme Trustee. I started my financial services career with Halifax Building Society 24 years ago. Prior to joining the Leeds Building Society I was Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s Bank. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to return to my mutual roots and to join a Board totally committed to mutual status. I hold a number of other Directorships and advisory roles. Outside of work, I am married with two daughters. I am a keen runner and completed my first marathon in 2012.

  • A portrait of Philip Jenks

    Philip Jenks

    I joined the Board in March 2012 and am a member of the Society’s Credit, Risk and Conduct Committees. I have almost 40 years’ experience in financial services and have extensive knowledge particularly of mortgages and savings challenges to benefit members. I am a non-executive Director at Chartercourt Financial Services Group and work as a consultant for a number of organisations including the Government on housing related projects. I fully appreciate the importance of mutuals and am proud to be a director where the focus is on getting things right for customers. I am married with three children and outside of work l enjoy walking, going to the theatre and watching sport.

  • A portrait of Robin litten

    Robin Litten

    I joined the Society in 2012 as Finance Director having spent my career in retail and financial services and for the last 12 years in the mutual building society sector. My previous roles include Deputy Finance Director at Barclaycard, Finance Director at Barclays Private Banking, Group Finance Director and Chief Executive at Scarborough Building Society and Chief Commercial Officer at Skipton Building Society. As a member of the Executive Committee I lead the Society’s Finance, Treasury & Strategy teams and I am Chairman of the Assets & Liabilities Committee. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing squash and cycling.

  • A portrait of Les Platts

    Les Platts

    I joined the Board in 2010 and I am Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Conduct Risk Committees. I am a Chartered Accountant and was the Senior Partner for Deloitte in their Leeds office. The Society, with its proud history and firm commitment to mutuality, is a very strong part of the Leeds business community. I am also a director of an investment administration business and Honorary Treasurer of Lancashire County Cricket Club. I am married with two children and outside of work I support the NSPCC.

  • A portrait of Abhai Rajguru

    Abhai Rajguru

    I joined the Board in 2008 having spent my career in the financial services sector. I hold a number of directorships and am also a member of the HM Treasury Audit Committee. I serve on the Society’s Audit, Assets & Liabilities and Group Risk Committees. I am proud to be a member of the Board of the Society, which, as a mutual, has remained focused on delivering value to its members. Much of my time outside work is taken up by my young son, and I also enjoy music, films and motorsports.

  • A portrait of Kim Rebecchi

    Kim Rebecchi

    I joined the Board in 2009 as Sales & Marketing Director, having worked for the Society since 1988. As a member of the Executive Committee I lead the Society’s Distribution, Product Development and Marketing teams and I am Chairman of Headrow Property Services and the Conduct Risk Committee. Outside work, I am an active Rotarian and also enjoy family time, walking and sailing.

  • A portrait of Ian Robertson

    Ian Robertson

    I joined the Board in 2008 and am a member of the Audit, Group Risk and Credit Committees. I am proud to work with such a highly regarded local institution and to help further enhance its reputation as a leading example of the benefits of mutuality. I was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 2004/5 and I am Chairman of the Advisory Audit Board of the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body and a Director of the Homes and Communities Agency for England. Outside work, I am a keen reader and love music.

  • A portrait of Bob Stott

    Bob Stott

    I joined the Board in 2008, following my retirement as a director of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2011. I am a member of the Society’s Remuneration and Nomination Committees and I Chair the Trustee Board of the Staff Pension Scheme. I hold five other directorships and I am also a Trustee and Chair of the YCCC Charitable Youth Trust. Mutuality for me means that our endeavours can be focused entirely on our members. I enjoy spending time with my family and I follow most team sports.

  • A portrait of Karen Wint

    Karen Wint

    I have been Operations Director since late 2012. My current responsibilities are to ensure that we have the right people, processes and technology in place to continue to deliver great service and value to our members. That includes changing how we do things to meet new customer expectations in a rapidly changing world. I am a member of the Executive Committee and Conduct Risk and Credit Committees. I sit on Leeds City Council’s Housing & Regeneration Board and am a Chartered Banker. I enjoy walking and spending time in the Yorkshire Dales.