Board Members

Chris Michael Harrison, Chief Executive

Chris joined the Society in April 2017 as Chief Executive and has made a positive impact in many areas of the business since joining Furness Building Society.

Chris is Chairman of the Executive Committee and Assets and Liabilities Committee and as the Chief Executive attends all Board Committees.

His previous roles include President and CEO of Assurant Solutions Europe and CEO of LSG Lifestyle Services Group.

He believes strongly in mutuality which underpins the Society’s community values and positive social contribution the Society can make.

Colin Stewart Millar, Chairman

Colin 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 was re-elected in 2017.

He is Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

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 strong supporter of the building society sector and the role it plays in meeting people’s important financial needs

Phillip Alexander McLelland, Non-Executive Director

Phillip was appointed to the Board in November 2016 as a Non-Executive Director and was elected 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 Furness Building Society’s focus on member value will ensure it continues to be successful in the future.

Susan Jane Heron, Marketing and Sales Director

Sue 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 Sales Director.

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 Furness Building 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, Chairman of Board Risk Committee

Andrew 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 was re-elected at the 2017 AGM.

Andrew is also a member of Furness Building Society’s Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee.

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, Chairman of the Audit Committee

Nic 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 and 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 Manchester University 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 is also a Governor at the Royal School Manchester.

Nic believes Furness Building Society with its firm commitment to independence and mutuality will continue to be successful for the benefit of its members.

Kim Susan Kearney, Vice Chairman of the Board

Kim 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 Nominations Committee.

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 Furness Building Society’s focus on putting members interests at the heart of what we do.

Matthew Jon Dobson, Finance Director

Matthew was appointed to the Board in January 2017 as Finance Director and was elected 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 Furness Building Society’s heartland and is delighted to join a Society which is committed to its mutual status.

Kim Louise Rebecchi, Non-Executive Director

Kim was appointed to the Board in March 2016 as a Non-Executive Director and was elected at the 2017 AGM.

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

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 communities.

Pamela Adele Mawson, Chief Risk Officer

Pam 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 Committee.

Pam has a BSc (Hons) degree in Financial Services and Associateship from the University of Manchester and a Diploma in Financial Services Management.

Pam joined Furness Building 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.

 

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