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Meet the Directors

 

Non Executive Directors

 

Rachel Court, Chair

 

Rachel worked as a Senior Executive of Yorkshire Building Society for almost 23 years.  During her career at the Yorkshire, she fulfilled a broad range of roles, including responsibility at various times for intermediary mortgage sales, mortgage product development, HR, operations and customer service.  She acquired substantial Board level experience and worked closely with the Remuneration Committee as well as serving as a member of the Board Risk Committee and also chairing the Board of Yorkshire Guernsey Limited. 

Rachel is the independent Chair of the NHS Pension Board and a Non Executive Director on the Boards of Invesco Perpetual Life Limited and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  She is also Chair of a Charity, PRISM, which offers alternative educational provision to young people excluded from mainstream education as well as being a Governor of Calderdale College.  She also serves as a magistrate.

Rachel was co-opted onto the Board in November 2014 and is Chair of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

 

Richard Goddard, Non Executive Director 

 

Richard is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in financial services.  Richard worked at KPMG as a senior audit manager.  In 1993, he joined the Co-operative Bank where he developed robust, effective financial control and led the finance team through two significant mergers.  During his career at the Co-operative Bank, Richard was an Executive Director and also served as a Non Executive Director at its joint venture, Unity Trust Bank.  Richard also provides finance and risk advice to small and medium sized financial organisations outside the building society sector through his company RCG Business Consultancy Ltd.

Richard was co-opted onto the board in 2011 and is Chair of the Board Risk Committee and Pension Trustees Committee.  He is also a member of the Nominations Committee.

 

John Leveson, Non Executive Director

 

John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and worked in the Building Society sector for over 36 years, the last 17 years as an Executive Director and latterly Deputy Chief Executive of a regional building society. During his career he was responsible at various times for marketing, sales, product development, HR, IT, mortgage underwriting, customer services, legal services and internal audit. In addition to serving on a building society group board he has also served on and chaired the boards of subsidiary companies involved in estate agency, financial planning and car finance. John is also a governor of Queen Elizabeth School, a coeducational selective grammar school in Penrith and is manager of the GB and NI Transplant Cycling Team.

John was co-opted onto the board in May 2015 and is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Board Risk Committee.

 

Keith Abercromby, Non Executive Director 

 

Keith has a 30 year executive career in retail banking and insurance including the Halifax, Clerical Medical, Aviva and Liverpool Victoria - spending the last 5 years as one of the founding directors of the innovative mortgage lender, Castle Trust.

During his career at the Halifax Keith was employed at board level in a wide range of roles including chief executive of its life insurance and investment businesses and the executive responsible for risk and products in retail. At Aviva, Keith was the finance director of its UK life insurance companies – Norwich Union, General Accident and Commercial Union – before being appointed group finance director by Liverpool Victoria.

Recognising the opportunity to provide enhanced consumer choice in the mortgage market led Keith to the role of finance director and chief risk officer of Castle Trust from the outset as it went from conception through authorisation to a successful and profitable innovative mortgage business.

Having operated in both mutuals and FTSE 100 companies, Keith understands the opportunities and challenges that they both offer. His commitment to the mutual sector is long standing having started his career as an actuarial consultant to a range of mutual life assurers, 11 years with the Halifax and most recently as Liverpool Victoria’s Finance Director. Only by keeping its members’ interests central to what it does, will a mutual be truly successful.

Keith was co-opted to the Board in March 2016 and is Chair of the Board Audit Committee and a member of the Board Risk Committee.

 

Jane Kimberlin, Non Executive Director

 

Jane is an internationally experienced Board Chief Information Officer/Information Technology Director.  She has a strong personal acumen and has a successful track record in designing and delivering strategic and digital solutions for financial services.

After over 25 years in Chief Information Officer/Information Technology Director roles, Jane is now focusing on non-executive roles and consultancy under her own company ‘Creaton Consultants’, in addition to voluntary roles encouraging children and adults to have a successful career in IT.

Since 1983 Jane has been a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and in 2008, became a Member of the Information Technologists (Livery) Company as well as being granted the Freedom of the City of London.

Jane has the diversity and breadth of knowledge which will enhance the existing Board skills, especially with regards to financial solutions and leading edge technology.

Jane was co-opted onto the board in November 2016 and is a member of the Board Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee.

 

Colin Kersley, Non Executive Director

 

Colin began his career with Midland Bank in 1975 (bought by HSBC in 1992).  Throughout his career Colin has held numerous senior roles in Commercial, Corporate and Retail, including UK Head of Wealth and Premier and his final role as Chief Executive Officer of M&S Bank plc.

Whilst he possesses an in-depth knowledge and experience of management and leadership skills, Colin also has a proven track record of successful strategic implementation and business growth in an ever more demanding regulatory environment.

Colin’s belief that good team leadership and hands on approach to management bring increased standard, motivation and performance resonates with the success of Leek United.

Colin was co-opted onto the board in December 2016 and is a member of the Board Audit Committee and Nominations Committee.

 

Executive Directors

Kevin Wilson, Chief Executive 

 

Kevin has significant experience in the financial services sector.  After a successful career in sales management in the banking and financial services sector, he joined Leek United Building Society in 1994.  His initial responsibilities at Leek United included the development of the highly successful financial advice service before joining the Board, in 1998, as Sales Director with responsibility for the financial advice service, marketing, general insurance as well as our branch network.  

Kevin was appointed to the role of Chief Executive in 2005 and has led the Society through a period of unprecedented change in the financial services industry.  Kevin is a member of the Nominations Committee, Management Risk Committee and Asset and Liability Committee and also attends the Board Risk Committee, Board Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.

 

John Kelly, Operations Director

 

John started his career in accountancy and after obtaining a degree in Accounting & Financial Management, he secured a job at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC),

Following a brief stint living and working in New Zealand, John returned to the UK and took the position of Strategy & Business Development Manager with Britannia Building Society before moving to the Co-op Bank, firstly as Financial Projects Director and then Director of Strategy.

John has brought with him a wealth of experience in executive-level strategy development and business planning including the management of a successful bit for a £4.5bn retail savings business and the design and implementation of a £100m+ start-up property investment company.

Prior to John’s position of Operations Director being made permanent in January 2017, he had actually joined Leek United during the autumn of 2016 in the role of Interim Operations Director.  He regularly attends the Board Risk Committee and Board Audit Committee.

John is also a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee, Management Risk Committee and Chairs the Change Management Committee and Product Governance Committee.

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