Board Members


Mike joined Furness Building Society in March 2016 as interim Chief Executive Officer.

Mike’s qualifications include a MBA from Henley Business School. Mike also brings a wealth of experience from the financial sector from his previous roles including interim Chief Executive of the Saffron Building Society, and previous roles at Norwich Union Life and Origen Financial Services.

Mike is also Chairman of the ALCO Committee and the Pension Committee.

Steve Pryer


Steve, aged 54, was appointed to the Board in January 2004 as an Executive Director.

Steve has worked for the Society since 1993 and was the Society’s Finance Director before being promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in 2009 and is currently Operations and IT Director.

Prior to joining the Society, Steve gained significant finance related experience working for an American oil company and a very large American bank. Steve’s business qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree, an MBA and three coaching qualifications, in addition to being a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Born in Barrow-in-Furness, Steve is a Director of the Marsh Street Arches and Garden Community Interest Company.

Steve is a member of the Society’s Corporate Planning Committee and the Assets and Liabilities Committee. He is also a Director of both of the Society’s active subsidiary companies, Furness Financial Advisers Limited and Furness Mortgage Services Limited.


Colin Miller


Colin, aged 69, was appointed to the Board in September 2006 as a Non-Executive Director and was elected as Chairman of the Board following the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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 marketing information company, supplying marketing data to companies and trade organisations throughout the world.

Colin is a member of the Society’s Audit Committee and Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

Kim Kearney


Kim, aged 59, was appointed to the Board in September 2011 as a Non-Executive Director.

Born in London, Kim graduated with a degree in mathematics and embarked on a career in IT, starting as a programmer at BAE and progressing to roles managing major systems initiatives for companies such as WH Smith and CGU. More recently, Kim moved into general management in insurance, as Director of Product Management and then Director of Broker Operations at Norwich Union and then a senior IT role for RSA in the City of London. In 2006, Kim and her husband moved to a small farm in the South Lakes. Although now retired from farming, Kim still runs a small business producing knitting yarns.

Kim is the Society’s Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. Kim is also a Director and Chairman of the Society’s financial services subsidiary company, Furness Financial Advisers Limited. She is also a member of the Nominations Committee.

Sue Heron


Sue, aged 52, was appointed to the Board in June 2015 as Marketing and Sales Director.

Sue has worked for the Society since 1995, starting her career in Lancaster Branch before moving to Head Office to hold management positions within Furness Direct and the Compliance function and was appointed by the Board to the role of Secretary in August 2008, a role which she held until April 2015.

Sue is a member of the Society’s Corporate Planning Committee and the Assets and Liabilities Committee.

Andrew Haigh



Andrew, aged 62, was appointed to the Board in January 2014 as a Non-executive Director.

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, having been a partner for 20 years prior to his retirement in 2008. He specialised in IT, risk management and audit within retail financial services and worked extensively in the Building Society sector.  He also led KPMG’s Financial Services practice in the North of England for 3 years and the IT advisory practice for 2 years. Andrew is currently Chairman of an NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrew is Chairman of the Society’s Risk Committee. He is also a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Nic Gower


Nic, aged 56, was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as a Non-Executive Director.

Nic is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a BSc Hons degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester. For many years Nic was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he specialised in Audit, holding leadership positions in audit quality and risk management. Nic is currently a Director of Seashell Trust – a charity working for the benefit of children and young adults with severe and complex learning disabilities.

Nic is the Chairman of the Society’s Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Committee.


Kim was appointed to the Board in April 2016 as a Non-Executive Director.

Kim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (IFS) and her business qualifications include a post-graduate Diploma in Financial Services.  Her last executive role was as Sales and Marketing Director for Leeds Building Society and a main Board director.  She worked for the Society for 28 years holding a number of senior positions.

Kim is a member of the Society’s Remuneration Committee and the Board Risk Committee.


Pam, aged 45, was appointed by the Board to the role of Group Secretary in July 2015.

Pam was born in Barrow-in-Furness and has worked for the Society since 1988, starting her career as an underwriter in the mortgage department and has since held various supervisory and management roles in both the mortgage and savings areas. In addition to her role as Group Secretary, Pam also manages the Risk, Compliance and Audit Functions.

Pam holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Financial Services and Associateship and a Diploma in Financial Services Management and the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice.

Pam is a member of the Society’s Risk Committee, the Corporate Planning Committee and the Assets and Liabilities Committee. She is also Secretary to the Board of Furness Financial Advisers Limited.


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