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Phil has been the Society’s Chairman since the 2013 AGM. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
He is the Chair of Newcastle Strategic Solutions Limited and a Director of Newcastle Systems Management Limited. He has held a number of senior Board positions, including that of Managing Director (UK) of Northgate PLC, which he held for more than seven years; this followed six years as Finance Director.
He was Vice Chairman of Cumbria Partnership NHS foundation trust for four years. Phil brings 37 years of business experience to the Society’s Board. His skills and expertise were recognised recently when he was awarded ‘North East Non-Executive of the Year 2015’ at the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards.
Andrew became the Society’s Chief Executive in May 2015 having joined the Board as Chief Operating Officer in January 2014.
He has a track record in transforming and developing businesses, with more than 30 years’ business experience and over 20 years in the mutual sector. He has held leadership roles as both an Executive and a Non-Executive Director. As the former Chief Executive of Engage Mutual Assurance, he led the organisation for over 10 years, through a period of sustained growth and innovation.
Andrew gained his strong customer focus through his early career in marketing and customer service roles with British Airways, Barclays and National & Provincial Building Society. An advocate of mutuality, he was previously Chairman of Mutuo, an independent organisation that promotes the development of new and existing mutuals to Government. Andrew recently joined the Board of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.
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.
Stuart has more than three decades' customer service experience in the financial services sector, including with Virgin Money, RBS International, and NatWest. He is responsible for ensuring Newcastle Building Society members receive a stand out experience, whether across its branch network, via telephone or online.
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.
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 Society’s Group Risk Committee, Nominations Committee, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Interim Chairman of the Audit Committee.
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 Stakeholder Committees. He is also a member of the Risk and Audit Committees. Ian was Senior Independent Director of Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust and a member of its Audit & Finance Committees for six years until September 2018. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Newcastle Building Society since 2013 and chairs both the Newcastle Systems Management Limited and Newcastle Financial Advisers Limited Boards. He is also a member of the Society’s Group Risk Committee.
Karen has an extensive customer services background within the consumer sector and is extremely people and customer focused.
She is currently Senior Operations Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Expedia Inc. after moving from Virgin Media in 2017. She has previously held roles in other organisations as Customer Service Director, Head of Service and HR Director. Karen started her career with 18 years in Financial Services at the Co-operative Bank. She is a Director of Newcastle Strategic Solutions Limited and a member of the Society’s Remuneration Committee. Karen also plays an active role within the North East Chamber of Commerce and is a member of techUK.
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 Bryce’s career has focused on corporate and commercial banking. He was Managing Director of Commercial Banking at Alliance and Leicester and 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. He is a Director of Recognise Financial Services Limited. Bryce is Chairman of the Society’s Group Risk Committee.
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 adviser to the education sector, with a passion for creating closer links between business, education and community. As a fully qualified and sought after Executive Coach with her own consulting business, Anne works with Chief Executives and Senior Level Leaders. Anne is a member of the Society’s Audit Committee and has recently become a member of Remuneration Committee.
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 ﬁnancial 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.
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.