Robert East 

Chair of the Board, Nominations and Non-Executive Remuneration Committees.

“In 1976, I joined a branch of Barclays as the office junior. Since then, I have worked in many roles and have learned that well-led and motivated people will give great service to, and do the right thing for, customers. I really believe in this. I joined Skipton because it has the same ambition. I feel proud to chair Skipton Building Society because of its history, values, the importance it has for our members and the dedication of our people.”

Robert joined the Board in 2011, bringing more than 40 years’ experience in banking in the UK and internationally. He brings in-depth knowledge of building and leading financial service businesses. During his 32 years at Barclays Bank he was Chief Risk Officer of Absa South Africa amongst other roles. He also led the restructuring of the Cattles Group, becoming its Chief Executive in 2010 until completion of its wind down in 2019. He’s Chair of Vanquis Bank and a Non-Executive Director of Provident Financial plc and Hampshire Trust Bank plc.

Board of Directors: Robert East
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