The Board of Directors
Robin Ashton - Chairman
Robin joined the Board as a non executive director in April 2011 and became Chairman in March 2013. As Chairman, he is responsible for overseeing the performance of the Leeds Building Society Board. Robin is also Chairman of the Nominations Committee. He is a strong supporter of the building society sector and the mutual business model, which plays an important role in UK financial services. Robin is a Chartered Accountant and spent his executive career in retail financial services. He has developed skills and experience, across a broad range of areas, in particular; credit, treasury, audit and accounting. Robin is a senior independent director of Shawbrook Group plc and its subsidiary Shawbrook Bank Ltd.
Peter Hill - Chief Executive
Peter entered the mutual sector in 2001, joining the Society as a general manager before moving into Operations and was appointed Operations Director in 2006. In 2011, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for developing and proposing the Society’s strategy, objectives and plans, as well as maintaining the Society’s business model and culture Peter brings a breadth of experience and is approaching 40 years’ in retail financial services, covering a wide range of disciplines. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Peter is also Director of UK Finance and member of the Mortgage Product Board.
Philippa joined the Board in January 2013, having over 25 years’ experience within the marketing and digital sector, bringing a strong consumer and branding perspective to her role on the Board. Philippa is also a member of the Society’s Remuneration Committee. Philippa is Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom Media Group UK Ltd and executive of OMD International Ltd and Phd International Ltd.
Richard is responsible for the Society’s strategy and direction across customer and digital, product development, as well as direct and intermediary distribution. He is Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Steering Group and Conduct Risk Committee. After starting his career at Oliver Wyman & Company, he spent 10 years at Lloyds Banking Group in senior roles in the mortgages and savings businesses before joining the Society in February 2016. Richard’s experience has given him an excellent understanding of product development to meet customer needs, as well as strong strategic and commercial skills.
David joined the Board in 2012 and has nearly 30 years’ experience within financial services, beginning his career with Halifax Building Society. As Chair of the Board Risk Committee, David’s responsibilities include safeguarding the independence of the Compliance and Risk Functions. David is also a member of the Society’s Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee. Prior to joining the Society, he was Chief Executive of Sainsbury's Bank and he also undertakes a number of advisory roles. During his career, he has developed a wealth of knowledge in retail financial services and has a strong understanding of risk management, pensions and human resources.
Andrew joined the Board as Chief Risk Officer in 2015. He started his career as a solicitor in private practice and has worked for the Society since 1998 in a variety of legal, compliance and risk-focused roles. He has developed extensive experience of working in a highly regulated environment. His skills and experience enable him to lead the Risk Division, which comprises a number of specialist teams. Andrew is responsible for the overall management of the risk control framework of the Society, which includes co-ordinating and managing principal risks and risk appetite. He reports directly to the Board Risk Committee and is a member of the Models and Rating System Committee and attends all of the Society's management risk committees.
Gareth was appointed in November 2015, having gained extensive experience during his 30 year career in UK and international financial services; as a director of Legal & General plc and Chief Executive Officer of its International Division and previously as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse. As Chair of the Audit Committee, his responsibilities include safeguarding the independence of the Internal Audit Function and he is the Society’s Whistleblowers’ Champion. Gareth is also a member of the Board Risk Committee. Gareth supports Diabetes UK Ltd as a non executive director, trustee and Audit Committee Chair and is advisor to the Board of Green Park Partners Ltd.
Join joined the Board in April 2015. He began his banking career with Yorkshire Bank in Leeds and has held senior posts in a number of major UK and international banks and was a founder member of the Global Credit Data Consortium. His areas of particular specialism fall within credit and treasury risk management and he is Chair of the Models and Rating System Committee and a member of the Board Risk Committee. John is also a Director of JCH Associates Ltd.
Philip joined the Board in March 2012, with over 40 years’ experience in the financial services and mortgage industries. He has worked as a consultant for organisations including the Government on housing related projects. Philip has developed a strong understanding in these and other specialist areas including credit, technology and conduct risk management. Philip is a member of the Board Risk, Nominations and Models and Rating System Committees. Philip is also the Deputy Chairman of Broadlands Finance Ltd, Charter Court Financial Services Group and its subsidiaries.
Robin joined the Society in 2012 having spent the previous 15 years in the mutual building society sector. He has held senior roles at Barclays Bank, Skipton and Scarborough Building Societies. Robin plays a key role in ensuring the Society remains financially secure and is able to fund continuing growth and investment for the benefit of its members. He leads the Society’s Finance, Treasury and Strategy Functions. He is Chair of the Assets and Liabilities Committee and a member of the Models and Rating System Committee.
Lynn joined the Board in September 2017, bringing with her over 20 years’ experience within financial services. She has worked within finance, risk, human resources and communications and her most recent role was at Clydesdale Bank, where she was a member of the executive team. Lynn is a Chartered Management Accountant. Lynn is a member of the Audit Committee.
Les joined the Board in 2010 and in March 2014 was appointed Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director. Les is also a member of the Audit and Nominations Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant and was a Senior Partner for Deloitte in Leeds, where he developed a deep understanding of the auditing and accounting arena. As Chair of the Remuneration Committee, he is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Society’s remuneration policies and practices. Through his career, Les has also developed a strong understanding in the fields of enterprise risk and human resources. Les is also Chairman of A J Bell Holdings Ltd and is Honorary Treasurer of Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Karen was appointed to the Board in 2012 with over 30 years of experience within financial services. She is a Chartered Banker and has held senior roles within the Commercial and Operations Divisions. As Chief Operating Officer, she is responsible for ensuring that the Society has the right people, processes and technology in place to continue to deliver great service and value to its members. That includes continuing to change and update how we do things to meet customer expectations in a rapidly changing world. Karen is Chair of the Operational and Regulatory Risk Committee and is the accountable executive for meeting the Society’s targets under the Women in Finance Charter.