Joined Board: 2013.
Responsibilities: Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Risk and Nominations Committees.
Previous experience: 19 years with Mars Inc, Group Marketing Director of Lloyds TSB 2003-6, Chief Marketing Officer of Yell Group 2006-11.
Other directorships: Non-Executive Director of St Ives plc, Non-Executive Director of Trinity Mirror Group plc and member of Henley Business School Advisory Board.
What I bring to the Board: A passion for maintaining a strong connection in the boardroom between the customer and commercial agendas.
In what ways are you helping to make a difference? I have broad cross sector experience in customer-centred businesses, including some time in retail banking, and I am committed to helping Skipton in its aspirations to do a great job for its customers.
What is your ambition for the business? I can't better a recent comment by Group Chief Executive David Cutter, in which he said he wanted the Society to ‘become a beacon for the sector’.
What does Skipton mean to you? It is a strongly customer-centred business which is emerging from the global financial crisis of recent years to offer something really quite special for its members.
What makes you tick? Getting to the heart of big issues and making a difference.
Beyond work: Married with three daughters. I come from the North East and despite living "down south" for 30 years, I am still a supporter of Middlesbrough Football Club.