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Gary Hoffman

Chair of the Board

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Appointed to the Board - April 2018

Committee membership
Chair of the Board and the Nominations & Governance Committee, and member of the Remuneration and Non-Executive Director Remuneration Committees.

Experience
Chief Executive of Hastings Insurance Group which he led through flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Chair of Visa Europe having served on the boards of Visa for 17 years. Extensive experience in retail financial services including lending, deposit taking, credit cards and insurance. A 26-year career with Barclays Bank, where he undertook roles as Group Vice Chair, Chief Executive for UK retail banking, Chair of UK Banking and Group CEO of Barclaycard. Served as the Chief Executive of Northern Rock following its nationalisation.

External appointments
Chair of the Premier League and Chair of Monzo Bank.

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Steve Hughes

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

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Appointed to the Board - April 2020

Committee membership
Chair of the Non-Executive Director Remuneration Committee.

Experience
Global chartered management accountant with over 15 years’ experience in senior and board-level roles within financial services. Group Finance Director followed by Chief  Executive Officer of Principality Building Society, Finance Director of Lloyds Banking Group plc’s general insurance business, including the integration of Lloyds TSB plc and HBOS plc. Early career experience in automotive, retail and consumer goods sectors. Established experience in developing strategy, people leadership and development, operational management and large scale transformation.

External appointments
Non-Executive Director on the main board of UK Finance. Chair of the audit and risk committee of UK Finance. Member of BSA council.

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Iraj Amiri

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Appointed to the Board - June 2018

Committee membership
Chair of the Board Audit Committee and member of the Board Risk Committee.

Experience
Partner with Deloitte for over 20 years, leading its national internal audit group and serving clients in the financial, retail and public sectors. Global Head of Internal Audit for Schroders Plc for over 10 years. Carried out numerous reviews of major financial institutions including banks, building societies and insurance companies. Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a past Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and was a member of the Internal Audit Task Force of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales for a number of years. Member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee at the Financial Conduct Authority.  

External appointments
Chair of the Audit Committee at Development Bank of Wales Plc and Non-Executive Director at Aon UK Plc.

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Catherine Doran

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Appointed to the Board - August 2016

Committee membership
Member of the Board Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Experience
Previously Chief Information Officer of Royal Mail plc responsible for devising and delivering the IT strategy to support the business transformation agenda. Director at Network Rail Limited, leading a company-wide transformation programme. Other senior roles including BT, NatWest and Capital One.

External appointments
Non-Executive Director of Clearbank.

 

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Peter Frost

Chief Customer Officer and Executive Director

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Appointed to the Board - November 2012

Committee membership
None.

Experience
Over 30 years’ experience working in the UK retail financial services sector, including serving as Operations Director of UK Retail Operations at Barclays Bank. Non-Executive roles at Vaultex and Intelligent Processing Solutions. Chief Customer Officer, responsibile for managing our day-to-day operations including our Customer Operations and Branch Network.

External appointments
Governor and Vice Chair of Little Heath Primary School, Coventry.

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Jo Kenrick

Senior Independent Director

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Appointed to the Board - November 2017

Committee membership
Chair of the Remuneration Committee. Member of the Nominations & Governance Committee and Board Audit Committee.

Experience
Early career at Mars confectionery, Pepsi, and Asda, followed by executive roles at Camelot Group PLC, B&Q plc and Homebase Limited. CEO of Start, a Prince of Wales charitable initiative. Previous Board member at Principality Building Society.

External appointments
Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Non-Executive Director at Safestore Holdings plc and for Pay UK, Chair of PayM and of the Current Account Switch Service.

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Shamira Mohammed

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Appointed to the Board - May 2019

Committee membership
Member of the Board Audit Committee.

Experience
Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience within the financial services sector. Currently Group Chief Accounting Officer at Athora, an insurance and reinsurance group focused on the pensions and insurance market. Previous Executive roles at Aviva Plc and Phoenix Group plc including Finance Director for the Phoenix Life Division and Finance Acquisition Director.

External appointments:
Group Chief Accounting Officer, Athora.

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Brendan O'Connor

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Appointed to the Board - January 2021

Committee membership
Member of the Remuneration Committee and Board Risk Committee.

Experience
Over 35 years’ experience at Allied Irish Bank including Head of their Global Treasury Services, Head of Corporate Banking International and Head of Business Banking. Most recently on the AIB Group leadership team as Head of Financial Solutions Group before becoming CEO of AIB UK plc in 2015.

External appointments
Non-Executive Director for Ford Credit Europe Bank plc.

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Martin Stewart

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Appointed to the Board - September 2018

Committee membership
Chair of Board Risk Committee, member of Board Audit Committee and Nominations & Governance Committee.

Experience
Wide-ranging experience wihtin the financial services sector. Director of Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions at the Bank of England and Head of UK Banks and Mutuals at the Financial Services Authority (now Financial Conduct Authority). Ten years in various senior roles at Yorkshire Building Society.

External appointments
Non-Executive Director of Northern Bank Ltd (Danske Bank UK), Advisory Board Member of OakNorth Bank plc and a visiting professor at the London Institute of Banking & Finance.

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A fond farewell

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Peter Ayliffe

Deputy Chair of the Board

Peter joined the Society in May 2013 as a Non-Executive Director and is Deputy Chair of the Board. After eight years on the Board, he has decided to retire and wanted to share some final thoughts about his time here: 

 

 

“We’ve never lost sight of the fact that we’re owned by our customers, and that it’s our responsibility to put their interests first.”