Ian Ward

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

He was previously vice-chairman and senior independent director of the Charter Court Financial Services Group PLC and its subsidiaries from 2015 until 2019, and following its acquisition by OneSavings Bank, a director of that company until May 2020. Ian was also 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 was appointed Senior Independent Director in July 2020. Ian is chairman of Newcastle Financial Advisers Limited and is a member of the Society’s Group Risk Committee.

As a Board Director he provides ongoing and valuable strategic input and knowledge to the business, while his previous experience within the NHS has proved helpful in bringing non financial services thinking to the Board.