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Society appoints new Chair

6th June 2016

LEEK United Building Society has appointed a new Chair to its Board of Directors. 

Rachel Court succeeds Peter Kerns, who announced his retirement at the Society’s recent 2016 Annual General Meeting.  

First co-opted onto Leek United’s Board as a Non-Executive Director in November 2014, Rachel, 49, has served as a member of the Risk Committee and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.  “Leek United has a very strong role and reputation within the communities it serves, and I’ve very much enjoyed getting involved and contributing to the work of the Society,” she said. “ I see my new role as taking Leek United forward from strength to strength during what will undoubtedly continue to be challenging times for the financial services sector.” 

Rachel has extensive experience from both within and outside the financial services industry, including almost 23 years working at Yorkshire Building Society, where she acquired substantial Board-level experience as a Senior Executive responsible for Customer Service and HR.

Since leaving the Yorkshire, she has been appointed to a number of non-executive directorships, including Invesco Perpetual Life Ltd and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She is the independent Chair of the NHS Pension Board and Chair of voluntary organisation PRISM, which offers alternative learning opportunities to young people excluded from mainstream education.  

Rachel also serves as a magistrate.

Born and raised in West Yorkshire, Rachel lives in Halifax with her two teenage sons, and enjoys walking and singing in her spare time.  

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