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Robert East

Joined Board: 2011.

Responsibilities: Chairman of the Risk Committee and member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees.

Previous experience: 32 years with Barclays Bank including as Chief Risk Officer of Absa South Africa and other leadership roles in retail and commercial banking. Leadership of Cattles Limited restructuring from 2009.

Other directorships: Chief Executive of Welcome Financial Services Limited and Non-Executive Director of Hampshire Trust plc.

What I bring to the Board: Extensive experience in, and understanding of, retail and commercial banking in the UK and internationally over 40 years.

In what ways are you helping to make a difference? Adding insight to the Board and value to our members through my deep knowledge of the industry, focus on customers, and risk management and business leadership experience.

What is your ambition for the business? To see it continue to grow and evolve successfully so that it gives great service to our members both now and for generations to come.

What does Skipton mean to you? An enduring mutual society, which helps people fulfill their ambitions by enabling them to save securely for their future and buy their own homes.

What makes you tick? My family and friends, the communities where I live and do business, and doing things that are interesting and challenging, which make a difference to people.

Beyond work: Married with two grown up sons, I enjoy collecting wine, watching Chelsea Football Club and Northampton Rugby Club, spending time with friends and walking with my wife and two border terrier dogs, Archie and Tilly.

Board of Directors: Robert East
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