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Board members

Peter Ayliffe

Deputy Chairman

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Peter Ayliffe joined the Board as a non-executive director in May 2013. He is a member of the Board Risk Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Peter was president and chief executive officer of Visa Europe from March 2006 to September 2013. Prior to joining Visa Europe, Peter spent over 30 years in retail banking and for the last two of those years was a main board director at Lloyds TSB with responsibility for the UK retail bank. He has also been a member of the board of Investors In People (UK) and Visa International and president of the Chartered Management Institute. Peter is currently chairman of Monitise and a trustee of the charity Pennies.

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Roger Burnell

Senior Independent Director

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Roger Burnell joined the Board as a non-executive director in 2008. Roger is the Society's Senior Independent Director, is Chairman of the Board Risk Committee and Chairman of the Board Audit Committee, and a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Roger is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years' senior executive and non-executive experience. He worked for several businesses within the Thomson Travel Group before becoming group chief operating officer and has also been chairman of a number of businesses and senior independent director of  the Thomas Cook Group.

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Andy Deeks

Product, Marketing and Strategy Director and Executive Director

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Andy Deeks joined the Board as Product, Marketing and Strategy Director in April 2017 and is responsible for the Society’s product proposition, customer communications, digital channel and strategy.

Andy initially joined the Society in 2004 and has also several years’ experience as a management consultant, working across many UK retail banks, building societies and insurers.

A graduate of the University of Nottingham, he also holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and has over twelve years’ experience in financial services.

 

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Catherine Doran

Non-executive Director

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Catherine Doran joined the Board as a non-executive director in August 2016. She is a member of the Board Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Catherine is an experienced IT executive who has worked for regulated businesses for 30 years, latterly as chief information officer of Royal Mail from 2011 to 2015. Previous posts have included six years at National Westminster Bank, most recently as head of department, retail services; three years as chief information officer of Capital One; two years as chief information officer, BT Retail; and five years at Network Rail rising to director of corporate development. Catherine is also a non-executive director at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. 

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Michele Faull

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

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Michele joined the Board in April 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. A Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Michele has a number of years’ senior director-level experience in financial services.

Michele was previously Group Risk Director at Nationwide Building Society. Prior to that she served as Director for Financial Reporting & Tax at Nationwide and beforehand undertook senior finance roles at Aviva, ICL and PwC. 

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Peter Frost

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director

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Peter Frost joined the Board in November 2012 as the Society's Chief Operating Officer and has responsibility for all aspects of the Society's operations, including IT and Change. 

A graduate of Liverpool University, Peter has over 25 years' experience in financial services. Prior to joining the Society, Peter worked at Barclays Bank where he was operations director for the UK retail bank. Before this he had a number of positions at Woolwich Building Society and Woolwich plc. Peter has also held a number of non-executive directorships including roles at Vaultex and iPSL.

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Ian Geden

Non-executive Director

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Ian Geden joined the Board as a non-executive director in 2008. Ian is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He is also a member of the Board Risk Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Ian has over 40 years' experience in the financial services sector, primarily in the mutual sector, including NFU Mutual where he was chief executive before retiring at the end of 2008. Ian was also vice chairman of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and chairman of the Association of Mutual Insurers. Ian is Chairman of Faraday Underwriting Limited.

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Alasdair Lenman

Non-executive Director

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Alasdair Lenman joined the Board as a non-executive director in November 2016. He is a member of the Board Audit Committee and Board Risk Committee.

Alasdair began his career at Mars where he qualified as an accountant, before moving to Centrica. His financial services experience started with the move to Lloyds TSB in early 2006, initially as the finance director of the insurance division before moving to a general management position.

He then transferred into retail banking where he was finance director, initially for mortgages before assuming responsibility for all retail products, through the financial crisis and the HBOS integration. He joined BGL Group in 2012 becoming chief financial officer, before leaving in 2016 to take up his current role as group chief financial officer of specialist property development lender Wellesley Group.  

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Mark Parsons

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

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Mark Parsons joined the Board as Chief Executive in July 2014. Mark is also chairman of the Non-Executive Directors' Remuneration Committee.

Mark was previously chief financial officer for retail and business banking at Barclays Bank. Mark worked at Barclays for eight years, having joined as managing director of the home finance division of the UK retail bank. He later served as deputy chief executive of the UK retail bank.

Mark is a graduate of Sheffield University and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. His career spans 30 years in retail financial services, having worked at Abbey National and PwC prior to Barclays Bank, in leadership roles covering finance, products, branches and personnel. He has previously served as deputy chairman of the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

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Ian Pickering

Chairman

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Ian Pickering joined the Board as a non-executive director in 2005 and was appointed Chairman of the Board on 1 January 2013. He is also Chairman of the Nominations and Governance Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee, and the Non-Executive Directors' Remuneration Committee.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Ian is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held a number of executive and non-executive directorships. He started his career as an auditor, working principally in financial services. He then spent 20 years in senior positions in the engineering industry, including at the Dennis Group and Manganese Bronze Holdings.

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