Joined Board: 2016
Responsibilities: Member of Risk and Nominations Committees.
Previous Experience: Operated at Director/CEO level for the last 15 years in both plc and private businesses in the UK and internationally, CEO of St James’s Place plc, CEO of Virgin Direct (secondment), Director of Henderson Investors plc.
Other directorships: Appointed by the Cabinet Office in 2012 to Chair the Employee Benefit Trust of My CSP Limited. Chairman of My CSP Limited, Vice Chairman at British Ski and Snowboard Limited, Non-Executive Director of Coutts & Co and Chairman of Equiniti Financial Services Limited.
What I bring to the board: 30 years’ experience in commercial and financial services including two and a half years as Non-Executive Director of Skipton Financial Services Limited.
In what ways are you helping to make a difference? Supporting and challenging management to ensure they have the right plan for the Society and are best positioned to deliver by bringing my experience and independent views to bear.
What is your ambition for the business? To see the business actively expand in a way in which it can help members to have safer and secure financial futures in what is a constantly changing pensions, savings and lending landscape.
What makes you tick? Making a positive difference to whatever I’m doing. My aim is always to try and leave things I’m involved with in better shape than when I arrived!
What does Skipton mean to you? I wholeheartedly support the mutual model because there’s no room for disagreement as to who’s at the heart of what we do – the present and future members and our employees who serve them.
Beyond work: Married to Karen and we have three grown up children. We live in Shepperton with our two dogs. We are keen travellers and I remain a keen cyclist and skier. Born and bred in Liverpool, I continue to follow Liverpool Football Club.