Joined Board: 2012.
Responsibilities: Chairman of Audit Committee and member of the Nominations Committee.
Previous experience: Group Finance Director of John Lewis Partnership, Royal Mail Group, Britannic Assurance Group & Prudential UK Group. Member of Accounting Standards Board 2005-11 and the CBI Economics Committee 2001-12. 15 years of Non-Executive Directorships of listed companies in the UK and USA. Chair and Director Trustee and Governor of a number of UK charity and pension funds.
Other major directorships: Non-Executive Director of AO World plc, The People’s Operator plc, Enterprise Inns plc and Member of the Competition and Markets Commission.
What I bring to the Board: Chartered Accountant with 40 years experience as a financial professional, 20 years as an Executive Board member across various customer facing industries, including financial services and 15 years as a pension fund Trustee, with 9 years as Chair.
In what ways are you helping to make a difference? As a finance practitioner, I can relate to what the teams I oversee are trying to achieve, and offer the wider perspective and experience which will help them to do so.
What is your ambition for the business? For it to achieve its ambition of consistently delighting its customers.
What makes you tick? I believe businesses are about people. By employing the right ones, then nurturing and challenging them, you ensure success.
What does Skipton mean to you? A Yorkshire-based organisation with a strong and unique culture, it helped shape the mutual movement over 160 years ago and continues to bring important diversity to the marketplace.
Beyond work: A trained physicist, I like to travel and develop my interests including art and culture.