The Board of Directors
Robin Ashton - Chairman
Appointed: Chairman March 2013 and independent non executive director in April 2011
Skills, competence and experience: Robin is a Chartered Accountant and spent his executive career in retail financial services and has developed skills and experience, across a broad range of areas, in particular, credit, treasury, audit and accounting.
As Chair, he is responsible for overseeing the performance of the Board of the Society. He is a strong supporter of the building society sector and the mutual business model, which plays an important role in UK financial services. Robin is also Chair of the Nominations Committee.
Other roles: Robin is the Senior Independent Director of Shawbrook Group plc and its subsidiary Shawbrook Bank Ltd.
Richard Fearon - Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: Chief Executive Officer in February 2019 and Executive Director in 2016
Skills, competence and experience: Richard started his career at Oliver Wyman & Company and spent 10 years at Lloyds Banking Group in senior roles in the mortgages and savings businesses before joining the Society in 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer.
Richard has an excellent understanding of product development to meet customer needs, as well as strong strategic and commercial skills.
As Chief Executive Officer, Richard has responsibility for developing and proposing the Society’s strategy, objectives and plans, and maintaining the Society’s business model and culture.
Other roles: Richard is a member of the UK Finance Mortgage Product Board and a member of the Business in the Community Yorkshire & Humber Advisory Board.
Annette Barnes - Independent non executive director
Appointed: February 2019
Skills, competence and experience: Annette joined the Board in February 2019, having over 30 years' experience within financial services.
Prior to joining the Society, Annette was most recently CEO at Lloyds Bank Private Banking Ltd and Managing Director of Wealth & Mass Affluent for Lloyds Banking Group. Her background in operations, technology and customer experience, combined with her recent board and regulatory experience, will further strengthen our Board.
Annette is a member of the Society's Board Risk Committee.
Other roles: Annette is a non executive director at GlobalData plc.
Iain Cornish - Independent non executive director
Appointed: January 2019
Skills, competence and experience: Iain joined the Board with over 30 years' experience working in financial services and was Chief Executive of Yorkshire Building Society between 2003 and 2011. During 2007/8, Iain was Chairman of the Building Societies Association. He has also held a number of non-executive posts, was a Treasury Select Committee Special Advisor and independent director for the PRA and he also chaired the Financial Services Authority Practitioner Panel.
In addition to significant experience of the sector, Iain has relevant Risk and Audit Committee experience.
Iain joined the Board on 1 January 2019 and is a member of the Society's Audit Committee and Board Risk Committee.
Other roles: Iain is the Chairman of St James Place plc and a Trustee and Treasurer of Macmillan Cancer Support.
David Fisher - Independent non executive director
Appointed: March 2012
Skills, competence and experience: David has 30 years' experience within financial services, beginning his career with Halifax Building Society.
Prior to joining the Society, he was Chief Executive of Sainsbury's Bank and he also undertakes a number of advisory roles. During his career, he has developed a wealth of knowledge in retail financial services and has strong understanding of risk management, pensions and human resources.
As Chair of the Board Risk Committee, David's responsibilities include safeguarding the independence of the compliance and risk functions. David is also a member of the Society's Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee.
Other roles: David is a non executive director at P2P Global Investments plc.
Andrew Greenwood - Chief Risk Officer
Appointed: January 2015
Skills, competence and experience: Andrew joined the Board as Chief Risk Officer in 2015. He started his career as a solicitor in private practice and has worked for the Society since 1998 in a variety of legal, compliance and risk-focused roles.
He has developed extensive experience of working in a highly regulated environment. His skills and experience enable him to lead the Risk Division, which comprises a number of specialist teams.
Andrew is responsible for the overall management of the risk control framework of the Society, which includes co-ordinating and managing principal risks and risk appetite.
He reports directly to the Board Risk Committee and attends all of the Society's management risk committees.
Gareth Hoskin - Independent non executive director
Appointed: November 2015
Skills, competence and experience: Gareth has gained extensive experience acquired over his 30 year career in UK and international financial services, as a director of Legal & General plc and CEO of its International Division, and previously as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse.
With effect from 1 January 2019, Gareth was appointed as Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director.
As Chair of Audit Committee, his responsibilities include safeguarding the independence of the Internal Audit function and he is the Society's Whistleblowing Champion. Gareth is also a member of the Board Risk and Remuneration Committees.
Other roles: Gareth is a non executive director, Trustee and Audit Committee Chair of Diabetes UK Services Ltd, a non executive director of Saga Plc and Advisor to the Board of Green Park Partners Ltd.
John Hunt - Independent non executive director
Appointed: April 2015
Skills, competence and experience: John began his banking career with Yorkshire Bank, in Leeds. He has held senior posts in a number of major UK and international banks and was a founder member of the Global Credit Data Consortium.
His areas of particular specialism fall within credit and treasury risk management. John is a member of the Board Risk Committee.
Philip Jenks - Independent Non Executive Director
Appointed: March 2012
Skills, competence and experience: Phil has over 40 years' experience in the financial services and mortgage industries. He has worked as a consultant for various organisations, including the Government, on housing-related projects. Phil has developed a strong understanding in these and other specialist areas including credit, technology and conduct risk management.
Phil is a member of the Board Risk and Nominations Committees.
Other roles: Phil is a non-executive director of Recognise Financial Services Limited.
Lynn McManus - Independent non executive director
Appointed: September 2017
Skills, competence and experience: Lynn joined the Board in September 2017 bringing over 20 years' experience within Financial Services.
She has worked within finance, risk, HR and communications and her most recent role was at Clydesdale Bank, where she was a member of the Executive Team. Lynn is a Chartered Management Accountant.
Lynn is the designated non executive for workforce engagement and a member of the Audit Committee.
With effect from 1 January 2019, Lynn was appointed as Chair to the Remuneration Committee. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the development of, and implementation of, the Society's remuneration policies and practices.
Other roles: Lynn is a director of Kane LMMG Ltd
Karen Wint - Chief of Staff
Appointed: November 2012
Skills, competence and experience: Karen was appointed to the Board in 2012 with over 30 years of experience within financial services. She is a chartered banker and has held senior roles within the Commercial and Operations Divisions.
As Chief of Staff, Karen is responsible for ensuring that the Society has the right people to deliver great service and value to our members. She is also responsible for the Society’s forthcoming relocation to the new Head Office premises, as well as providing support to the Chief Executive Office across a number of focus areas.
Karen is Chair of the Operational Resilience Committee and is the executive accountable for meeting the Society's targets under the Women in Finance Charter.