The Board

Meet the board to find out more about the people driving our business forward.
Phil Moorhouse

Phil Moorhouse

Chairman

Phil has been the Society’s Chairman since the 2013 AGM. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

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Andrew Haigh

Andrew Haigh

Chief Executive

Andrew became the Society’s Chief Executive in May 2015 having joined the Board as Chief Operating Officer in January 2014.

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Stuart Miller

Stuart Miller

Customer Director

Stuart joined our Society as Customer Director in 2017. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds the Customer Experience Professionals Association qualification for senior business leaders.

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David Samper

David Samper

Chief Financial Officer

David joined the Society in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer.

An accomplished strategic leader with over 20 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, David has held  senior roles across a number of multinational organisations in the UK and abroad, including  RBS, Ulster Bank, and most recently at Sainsbury’s Bank as its interim Chief Financial Officer. He has led complex acquisitions and driven transformational change, whilst consistently delivering core commercial outperformance.

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Patrick Ferguson

Patrick Ferguson

Strategy, Planning and Risk Director

Strategy, Planning and Risk Director Patrick joined the Society’s Board in February 2014; before this he was the Society’s Group Risk Executive for almost four years.

He has extensive experience in risk management, including conduct risk and regulatory compliance, in addition to financial reporting, planning, and budgeting. He has 17 years’ experience in the building society sector and has held the posts of Finance Director, General Manager, Finance and Head of Strategy and Planning. He qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

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David Buffham

David Buffham

Non-Executive Director

David has spent most of his career at the Bank of England. He held a wide variety of banking and other roles, including the post of Bank of England Agent for the North East. There he was responsible for reporting to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee on the region’s economy and explaining policy to key stakeholders in the North East.

He brings this knowledge and experience to the fore as a member of the Group Risk Committee, Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is a Director of both Newcastle Strategic Solutions Limited and Newcastle Systems Management Limited. He is an experienced Non-Executive Director and is a Director of Zytronic PLC, William Leech (Investments) Limited and The William Leech Foundation Limited.

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John Morris

John Morris

Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director

John is the Society’s Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and brings to the Society a significant amount of experience of both the banking and building society sectors.

He worked for several years as Director of Finance for the Retail Banking Division at HBOS. Prior to that, he held senior posts at Halifax (Halifax Building Society and then Halifax PLC) as General Manager and Leeds Permanent Building Society where he held the post of General Manager Finance. He also worked at KPMG where he started his accountancy career. He is a member of the Group Risk Committee and the Nominations Committee, and is Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

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Ian Ward

Ian Ward

Non-Executive Director

Ian has extensive experience in financial services and was Chief Executive of Leeds Building Society for 16 years until his retirement in 2011.

He is a non-executive director of the Charter Court Financial Services Group PLC and its subsidiaries (which include Charter Savings Bank), where he chairs both the Remuneration and Nominations Committees. He is also a member of the Risk and Audit Committees.

He has been a non-executive director of Newcastle Building Society since 2013 and chairs both Newcastle Systems Management Limited and Newcastle Financial Advisers Limited. He is also a member of the Group Risk Committee.

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Karen Ingham

Karen Ingham

Non-Executive Director

Karen has an extensive customer services background within the consumer sector and is extremely people and customer focused.

Her roles have included Head of Service and Customer Experience Director. She also spent 18 months as HR Director in the construction industry and started her career with 18 years in Financial Services at the Co-operative bank. Karen is a member of the Chief Customer Officer Forum. She is also a Director of Newcastle Strategic Solutions Limited and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

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Bryce Glover

Bryce Glover

Non-Executive Director

Bryce Glover is a highly experienced director who has operated at Executive Committee and Board level in a number of leading UK financial services businesses.

The majority of his career has focused on corporate and commercial banking.  He was managing director of Commercial Banking at A & L / Santander, before joining Nationwide Building Society in 2009 as director heading its Commercial Division, where he managed a £22bn commercial lending portfolio and the Society’s business savings accounts.  He was Nationwide’s Corporate Affairs Director from 2014 to December 2016.

Bryce is Chairman of the Society’s Group Risk Committee.

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Anne Shiels

Anne Shiels

Non-Executive Director

Anne is an HR professional with extensive Executive and Board level experience, across a broad range of sectors including retail, financial services, telecommunications., manufacturing and FMCG.  

Most recently she held Executive roles at Hallmark Cards and Lloyds Banking Group/HBOS. She is also an advisor to the education sector, with a passion for creating closer links between business, education and community. 

Anne is a member of the Society’s Audit Committee, Nominations Committee, and Remuneration Committee.

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Mick Thompson

Mick Thompson

Non-Executive Director

Mick spent 21 years as a Partner and nine years as Office Senior Partner at KPMG Newcastle, where he was responsible for driving growth and expansion.

He has worked with companies and organisations across a broad range of industry sectors, including housebuilding, social housing, education, engineering, charities and ļ¬nancial services.

He is a Trustee of Greggs Foundation Charity; Trustee of NUFC Foundation Charity; Trustee of Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust; Regional Treasurer of The Lord’s Taverners Charity and a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Newcastle University Business School.

Mick is a member of the Society’s Audit Committee.

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Adam Bennett

Adam Bennett

Non-Executive Director

Adam joined the Board after the Society’s AGM in April 2019 and also became a member of the Group Risk Committee at the same time.

One of the UK’s leading lawyers with more than 30 years’ experience, Adam specialised in advising building societies and other financial mutuals on corporate, constitutional, governance and regulatory issues.

He spent 36 years at Addleshaw Goddard where he led the practice’s successful Financial Mutuals Department. He has advised on Rules of Building Societies, and on corporate governance, including compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, the powers and statutory and fiduciary duties of directors.

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