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
Graham Michael Berville, Non-Executive Director
Graham was appointed to the Board in October 2018 as a Non-Executive Director and stands for election at the 2019 AGM.
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=, a Trustee at Nest Corporation, 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.
Phillip Alexander McLelland, Chairmen of the Board Risk Committee
Phillip was appointed to the Board in November 2016 as a Non-Executive Director and was elected at the 2017 AGM.
Phillip is Chair 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 and Provident Financial and is currently the Finance Managing Director at the British Business Bank plc. He has proven commercial, finance and treasury skills and considerable experience.
Phillip appreciates the value and relevance of mutuality in today’s environment. He has worked in the mutual sector for many years and firmly believes Furness Building Society’s focus on its members 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.
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 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 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.
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.
Andrew Paul Haywood, Non-Executive Director
Andy was appointed to the Board in April 2018 as a Non-Executive Director
Andy has an MBA through The Open University and possesses in depth
Andy has held Executive roles with N Brown PLC as Chief Operating Officer
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 member’s interests are central to the culture of the organisation.
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.