Robert East 

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

“In 1976, I joined a branch of Barclays in South East London, first as the office junior and then as a cashier. Since then, I have worked in many varied roles in financial services, seeing some of the best and some of the worst practices. This time has taught me that well-led and motivated people will give great service to, and do the right thing for their customers. I really believe in this. I joined Skipton because I saw a business with the same ambition and one where I could use my experience to help it deliver that ambition both now and in the future.”

“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. Our focus for the changing times ahead will be to help more people secure homes, save for their life ahead and support their long-term financial well-being.”

Robert joined the Board in 2011, bringing more than 40 years’ experience in, and understanding of, retail and commercial banking in the UK and internationally. He brings in-depth knowledge of financial services, risk management and leadership, helping develop the Society’s strategy and ensuring it remains financially strong. During his 32 years at Barclays Bank he was Chief Risk Officer of Absa South Africa amongst other roles. He’s also had other leadership roles in retail and commercial banking, and took leadership of Cattles Limited’s restructuring from 2009 and became its Chief Executive in 2010 until completion of its wind down in 2016. He’s a Director of Welcome Financial Services Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Hampshire Trust plc.

Board of Directors: Robert East
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