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Ian Ward

Non-Executive Director

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 and 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 Chair 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.