Stuart Purdy

Non-Executive Director, Chair

Joined the Board in November 2018. 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 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 responsible for the management and oversight of technology within the Society.

Oliver Laird

Non-Executive Director

Joined in February 2022. Member of our Audit & Compliance and Risk Committees. Oliver is an experienced chief financial officer with significant public and private sector experience, including retail financial services and time as a member of an audit committee. Currently undergoing induction with a view to becoming Chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee (subject to regulatory approval).

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.

Sue Symington

Non-Executive Director

Joined the Board in 2013. Chair of the People and Culture Committee. Member of the Risk Committee. Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. Provides experience in Human Resources and Personnel Development. Sue facilitates the discharge of the functions of the Remuneration Committee and the Nominations Committee. She leads the Committee’s focus on those strategic matters which relate to the employment of all colleagues in the Society, particularly in relation to Succession Planning, Reward, Learning & Development and Performance Management. The Committee provides oversight that the culture embedded in the Society is aligned to its strategy, purpose, mission, and values.

Karen Wint

Non-Executive Director

Joined the Board in February 2021. Chair of the Risk Committee. Member of the Audit and Compliance and People and Culture Committees. 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 recently as an executive director of Leeds Building Society.

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