Board Members

Chris Harrison

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. Chris is Chairman of the Executive and Assets & Liabilities Committees and is a member of the Nomination Committee and attends the Remuneration Committee.

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.

Chris has a strong vision for the Society and this together with the high performance culture he continues to develop is key to driving a sustainable future for our customers.

Graham Breville

Graham Michael Berville, Chairman

Graham was appointed to the Board in October 2018 as a Non-Executive Director. Graham is an experienced Director, having worked in executive and non-executive roles across a broad range of regulated financial services companies for over 30 years.

He has a sound understanding of governance, risk and conduct requirements. Graham has a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the University of Southampton.

He is currently Chair of the With Profits Committee at LV=, Chair of Keycare Insurance and Chair of Yorkshire Cancer Research. Graham is a strong supporter of the Mutual sector having worked with six different Mutual financial services firms during his career and his contribution to the Board is highly valued.

Phil McLelland

Phillip Alexander McLelland, Chairmen of the Board Risk Committee

Phillip was appointed to the Board in November 2016 as a Non-Executive Director. Phillip is Chairman of the Board Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees and also attends the Assets & Liabilities Committee.

Phillip has a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from Loughborough University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

He has held a number of Directorships and senior finance roles including Finance Director at UK Asset Resolution, Provident Financial and the British Business Bank plc. He is currently Finance Director Calisen plc. He has proven commercial, finance and treasury skills and considerable experience. Phillip has worked in the mutual sector a number of times during his career and firmly believes Furness Building Society’s focus on its members will ensure it continues to be successful in the future.

Sue Heron

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 and Assets & Liabilities Committees 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 and that the digital experience for customers is improved to enable customers to choose how they use our services for their convenience and circumstances.

Nic Gower

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 and Nomination Committee.

Nic was appointed Senior Independent Director and Whistleblowing Champion in April 2018. 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. As the Society’s longest serving Board member Nic’s valuable experience and insight continues to be highly respected by all Directors.

Conrad O'Donnell, Finance Director

Conrad joined the Society in 2018 as Head of Finance and in 2019 he was promoted to Finance Director. Conrad will be standing for election for the first time at the 2020 AGM. 

Conrad is a member of the Executive Committee and ALCO and also attends Audit and Board Risk Committees. Conrad is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Sheffield.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, spending over 10 years at KPMG and followed by more than 10 years in senior positions in financial institutions including Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and BNY Mellon. 

Conrad enjoys working for a building society that is committed to its mutual status and supports the communities it serves. Conrad’s financial management skills are important to the Society’s continued long term sustainability success.

Kim Rebecchi

Kim Louise Rebecchi, Non-Executive Director

Kim was appointed to the Board in March 2016 as a Non-Executive Director. Kim is the Society’s Vice Chairman and chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Nomination 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, Business and Enterprise Finance Ltd and Cynergy Bank Ltd. Kim joined the mutual sector over 30 years ago and is a strong supporter of mutuality and the benefits which can be offered to members and local communities.

Her experience in the Building Society sector and financial services market is important to the Board and valued by the wider management team.

Andy Haywood

Andrew Paul Haywood, Non-Executive Director

Andy was appointed to the Board in April 2018 as a Non-Executive Director. Andy is a member of the Board Risk and Remuneration Committees. Andy has an MBA through The Open University and possesses in depth experience across Retail and Commercial Banking.

Andy has proven skills and experience in technology and business change, digital channels, operations and business transformation. Andy has held Executive roles with N Brown PLC as Chief Operating Officer (CIO) and was responsible for technology at The Cooperative Group and Boots.  He is currently the CIO for Yorkshire Water.

Andy provides a level of skill and experience in relation to the complex areas of information technology and change management which is important to the Board and our future success.

Pam Mawson

Pamela Adele Mawson, Chief Compliance Officer & Group Secretary

Pam was appointed as Group Secretary to the Board in July 2015 and accepted the additional new role of Chief Compliance Officer in November 2017. Pam is a member of the Executive and Assets & Liabilities Committees and a Director of the Society’s subsidiary companies. Pam also attends the Audit, Board Risk, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. 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 customers’ interests are central to the culture of the organisation.

 

Keith Bevan

Keith Bevan, Chief Risk Officer

Keith was appointed as Chief Risk Officer to the Group in April 2018. Keith attends the Board, the Board Risk Committee, the Audit Committee, the Executive Committee and ALCO. Keith also chairs the Society’s Credit Risk and Management Risk Committees. Keith is a Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries and holds an MBA from the Open University and a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from Leicester University.

Keith joined the Society in 2018 having held a variety of risk management and consultancy roles within the Insurance Sector. Keith is also a Non-Executive Director of a local Housing Association and is pleased to support the local community.

Peter Rodgerson

Peter David Rogerson, Non-Executive Director

Peter joined the Society in October 2019 as a Non-Executive Director and will be standing for election for the first time at the 2020 AGM.  Peter attends the Board Risk and Remuneration Committees. 

Peter has held senior roles in Virgin Money where he was Director of Mortgages and Strategic Planning.  He was also a Non-Executive Director of Mortgage Brain Limited. 

Previously Peter spent over 16 years at Alliance & Leicester where he held a number of senior positions.  Peter has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies & Marketing and has worked in financial services for over 30 years where he has extensive strategic, commercial and general management experience and he is also a Trustee of a housing charity and the UK’s busiest foodbank. 

Passionate about the building society sector, Peter believes that everybody has the right to own a realistic home of their dreams and building societies were formed to make that a reality, which reflects our purpose and vision.

 

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