Colin Stewart Millar
Colin, aged 70, was appointed to the Board in September 2006 as a Non-
Executive Director. He was elected Chairman of the Board following the
2014 AGM and stands for re-election in 2017.
He is Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the
Colin has a degree in Industrial Economics from the University of
Nottingham. His early career was in brand marketing with Unilever,
principally in the UK but he also worked for a time in Japan and East Africa.
Subsequently he was a General Manager with Birmingham Midshires and
Yorkshire Building Societies and Marketing Director with The Mortgage
Corporation. For 14 years he then owned and ran a company supplying
marketing data to companies and trade organisations throughout the world.
Colin is a Trustee of St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.
Colin is a strong supporter of the building society sector and the role it
plays in meeting people’s important financial needs.
Michael Terence Kirsch
Mike, aged 55, joined the Society in March 2016 as Interim Chief Executive
and has made a positive impact in many areas of the business during his
year with the Society.
Mike is Chairman of the Executive Committee and ALCO and as the Chief
Executive attends all Board Committees.
Mike has an MBA from Henley Business School. He is an experienced CEO
having held this role with a number of regulated Financial Services firms
including being the CEO of Alico, Origen Financial Services and AWD Chase
de Vere, as well as a Director of Aviva Life. Prior to joining the Society, Mike
was the Interim CEO of the Saffron Building Society.
Mike joined the mutual sector early in his career at Britannia Building
Society and has over 30 years’ experience in financial services in a range of
disciplines. He believes strongly in mutuality which underpins the Society’s
community values and positive social contribution the Society can make.
Phillip Alexander McLelland
Phillip, aged 50, was appointed to the Board in November 2016 as a Non-
Executive Director and stands for election at the 2017 AGM.
Phillip is a member of the Audit Committee and attends ALCO.
Phillip has a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from Loughborough University
and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
He is currently the Finance Director of the consumer credit division of
Provident Financial. He has proven commercial, finance and treasury skills
and considerable experience.
Phillip fully appreciates the value of mutuality, having worked in the sector
for many years, and firmly believes the Society’s focus on member value
will ensure it continues to be successful in the future.
Susan Jane Heron
Sue, aged 53, was appointed to the Board in 2008 as Group Secretary before
a promotion to Executive Director in June 2015 to the role of Marketing and
Sue is a member of the Executive Committee and ALCO and a Director of
the Society’s subsidiary companies.
Sue holds a Diploma in Financial Services and has held a variety of
positions within the Society during her career, within the Branch Network,
making a success of the Furness Direct distribution channel followed by a
number of years as Head of Risk and Compliance.
Sue began her career with the Society in 1995 at Lancaster Branch before
moving to Head Office and has seen first-hand the role the Society plays in
the communities of the Branch and Agency networks and the commitment of
the Board to remain independent and mutual. Sue is keen to ensure the role
of the Branches and Agencies in their local communities remains a key focus.
Andrew John Haigh
Andrew, aged 63, was appointed to the Board in January 2014 as Non-
Executive Director. He was elected as Senior Independent Director and
Chairman of Board Risk Committee following the 2016 AGM. Andrew stands
for re-election at the 2017 AGM.
Andrew is also a member of the Society’s Nominations Committee and
Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a BA
(Hons) degree in Economics and Accounting. He spent most of his career
in senior positions at KPMG, specialising in IT, risk management and audit
within the retail financial services industry and extensively in the building
society sector. Following 20 years as partner he retired in 2008.
Andrew is also a Director of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Andrew was pleased to join the mutual sector which performed strongly
during a challenging period for the financial services industry.
Nicholas John Gower
Nic, aged 57, was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as a Non-Executive Director.
He was elected as Chairman of the Audit Committee following the 2016 AGM.
Nic is also a member of the Society’s Board Risk Committee.
Nic is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a
BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester. He
spent most of his career as a partner with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP,
specialising in audit and risk management.
Nic is also a Director of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust and a Director of Seashell Trust, which is a charity working for the benefit of children and young adults with complex learning disabilities.
Nic believes the Society with its firm commitment to independence and
mutuality will continue to be successful for the benefit of its members.
Kim Susan Kearney
Kim, aged 60, was appointed to the Board in September 2011 as a Non-
Executive Director. She was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Board following
the 2016 AGM.
Kim is also Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the
Kim has a degree in Mathematics and has a wealth of experience following
a career in IT. As well as managing major systems initiatives for large
Corporate organisations, Kim has also held senior general management
roles in the Insurance industry, including a large mutual company. In
retirement, Kim enjoys running a small business producing yarns from her
small farm in the South Lakes.
Kim fully appreciates the value of mutuality and the Society’s focus on
putting members interests at the heart of what we do.
Matthew Jon Dobson
Matthew, aged 40, was appointed to the Board in January 2017 as Finance
Director and stands for election at the 2017 AGM.
Matthew is a member of the Executive Committee and ALCO. Matthew also
attends Audit Committee and Board Risk Committee.
Matthew is a qualified accountant and holds a BA Hons (Cantab). He
has gained over 15 years banking experience in senior roles across
both treasury and finance functions. His previous roles have included
Directorships at Barclays and more recently he held the position of Head of
Debt Capital with Williams and Glyn Treasury.
Matthew grew up in the Society’s heartland and is delighted to join a
Society which is committed to its mutual status.
Kim Louise Rebecchi
Kim, aged 50, was appointed to the Board in March 2016 as a Non-Executive
Director and stands for election at the 2017 AGM.
Kim is a member of the Board Risk Committee and Remuneration
Kim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and she holds a post
graduate Diploma in Financial Services. She worked at the Leeds Building
Society for 28 years, most recently as the Sales and Marketing Director as
an Executive member of the Board.
Kim is also a Director for Redmayne Bentley Stockbrokers LLP and Business
and Enterprise Finance Ltd.
Kim joined the mutual sector almost 30 years ago and is a strong supporter
of mutuality and the benefits which can be offered to members and local
Pamela Adele Mawson
Pam, aged 46, was appointed as Group Secretary to the Board in July 2015 and accepted the role of Chief Risk Officer in July 2016.
Pam is a member of the Board Risk Committee, the Executive Committee and ALCO and a Director of the Society’s subsidiary companies. Pam also
attends Audit Committee, Nominations Committee and Remuneration
Pam has a BSc (Hons) degree in Financial Services and Associateship
from the University of Manchester and a Diploma in Financial Services
Pam joined the Society in 1988 and having held a variety of managerial
roles, is proud to work for a regional building society where members
interests are central to the culture of the organisation.