The Board of Directors
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 most 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. and Non-Standard Finance plc. I am married with three children and my interests include reading and motorsports.
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, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, 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.
Having joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in January 2013, I bring a strong consumer and marketing perspective to the role. I am also a member of the Conduct Risk and Remuneration Committees. 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 over 25 years and am Chief Executive Officer of a leading UK media agency, Omnicom Media Group UK. Outside of work I enjoy swimming and have two children. I also support Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Future Dreams charities.
I am delighted to have joined the Board in February 2014. I am a member of the Risk and Audit Committees. I am currently Group Chief Information Officer at Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd. Prior to this I was a senior executive at Barclays Bank within operations and technology. Having spent over 20 years in financial services, I am proud to have joined 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.
I joined the Board in March 2012. I chair the Board of the Staff Pension Scheme as well as chairing the Risk Committee. I am also a member of the Credit and Remuneration Committees. I started my financial services career with Halifax Building Society 24 years ago. Prior to joining 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.
I am proud to work for the Society, and joined the Board as Risk Director in 2015. I started my career as a solicitor in private practice and have worked for the Society since 1998, in a variety of legal, compliance and risk-focused roles. My role is to lead the Risk Division, which comprises a number of specialist teams that monitor key risks in the context of business activities. I live near York with my wife and two young children.
I joined the Board in March 2012. I chair the Society’s Credit Committee and I am also a member of the Society’s Risk and Conduct Risk Committees. I have almost 40 years’ experience in financial services, with extensive knowledge of mortgages and savings. I am Chairman 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 mutual and am proud to be a director where the focus is on getting things right for members. I am married with three children and outside of work l enjoy walking, going to the theatre and watching sport.
I have spent my career in retail and financial services, and for the last 12 years in the mutual building society sector, joining the Society in 2012 as Finance Director. I have held senior roles at Barclays Bank and Skipton and Scarborough Building Societies. My role at Leeds Building Society is to ensure the Society remains financially secure, and is able to fund continuing growth and investment for the benefit of our members. As a member of the Executive Committee I lead the Society’s Finance, Treasury and Strategy teams and I am Chairman of the Assets and Liabilities Committee. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing squash and cycling.
I joined the Board in 2010 and am the Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director. I chair the Remuneration Committee and I am a member of the Audit, Nominations and Assets & Liabilities 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 Chairman 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.
Having spent my career in the financial services sector, I joined the Board in 2008. I hold a number of directorships and am also a member of the HM Treasury Audit Committee. I serve on the Society’s Audit and Assets & Liabilities 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. Abhai will be retiring from the Board at the 2015 AGM.
I joined the Board in 2009 and chair the Society’s Conduct Risk Committee. I am a member of the Executive and Assets & Liabilities Committees. My role is to lead the Distribution & Marketing Division to ensure we continue to deliver outstanding personal service to our members. This includes making sure we support the aspirations of our borrowers and savers, deliver competitive products and provide long-term value to our members. Outside work I am an active Rotarian involved in local community and charitable activities. I am married with two children and enjoy walking, sailing and watching Leeds Rhinos.
I am Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Risk and Credit Committees. I have been on the Board since 2008. I am proud to work with such a highly regarded 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. I am a Director of the Homes and Communities Agency for England and a member of the Audit Committee of the Department for Communities and Local Government. Outside work, I am a keen reader and love music.
I have been Operations Director since late 2012. My 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 updating how we do things to meet new customer expectations in a rapidly changing world. I am a member of the Executive, Conduct Risk and Credit Committees. I am a Chartered Banker and enjoy walking and spending time in the Yorkshire Dales.