Stuart Purdy

Non-Executive Director, Chair

Joined the Board in November 2019. Member of the People and Culture Committee. Experienced non-Executive and Executive Director skilled in developing businesses and implementing strategic growth plans in financial services companies. Stuart leads an effective Board, promoting inclusive discussion while allocating appropriate time and ensuring all relevant information is presented to it. He also leads on the development and embedding of the Society’s culture, with responsibility for the implementation and oversight of the Board’s induction, training and professional development.

Janet Bedford

Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director

Joined the Board in August 2014. A Qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience of the financial services sector. Janet is responsible for the financial management and controls operating within the Society. This includes management of the allocation and maintenance of capital, funding and liquidity, treasury management, the integrity of the Society’s financial information and its regulatory reporting, including all internal stress tests. Janet is also responsibility for the management and oversight of technology within the Society.

Karl Elliott

Chief Executive

Joined the Board in August 2017. A business leader with over 25 years’ experience of delivering successful strategic and organisational change for financial services mutuals. Karl has overall day to day responsibility for all aspects of the Society’s performance, including financial, regulatory, risk and people management.

Mike Heenan

Non-Executive Director

Joined the Board in 2012. Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee and member of the Risk Committee. Qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive knowledge of the building society sector. Mike provides a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector and the Society’s legacy lending, ensuring continued careful management of the legacy commercial mortgage book.

Mark Marsden

Risk Director

Joined the Board in November 2014. Experienced risk and compliance professional with 18 years retail lending and deposit taking experience. Mark is responsible for defining and overseeing implementation of the Society’s credit and operational risk management arrangements (including as Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Data Protection Officer), and providing regular risk reports to the Board. Mark has also taken on responsibility for managing the financial risks associated with climate change.

Esther Morley

Non-Executive Director

Joined the Board in January 2020. Member (and since November 2020, Chair) of the Risk Committee. Member of the Audit and Compliance Committee. In addition to the Risk Committee advising the Board on the Society’s overall risk appetite, tolerance, strategy, and overseeing performance against key risk indicators, Esther is also responsible for safeguarding the independence, and oversight of the performance, of the risk function.

Richard Pattinson

Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director

Joined the Board in September 2011. Member (and for part of the year Chair) of the Risk Committee. Member of the Audit and Compliance Committee. Richard has almost 40 years’ banking experience covering treasury and risk management. Richard also ensures the independence, autonomy and effectiveness of the Society’s policies and procedures on whistleblowing.

Sue Symington

Non-Executive Director

Joined in 2013. Chair of the People and Culture Committee. Member of the Risk Committee. Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. Provides human resources and employee development experience. Facilitates the functions of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees, and their focus on strategic matters relating to Society colleagues, including succession planning, reward, learning and development and performance management. The Committee helps to ensure the Society's culture aligns with its strategy, purpose, mission and values.

Karen Wint

Non-Executive Director

Joined the Board in February 2021. Karen has over 30 years’ experience in the building society sector, having been responsible for technology, customer services, operational resilience, change delivery and human resources, most latterly as an executive director of Leeds Building Society.

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