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Corporate Information

The Board of Directors

You can contact the Society's Board of Directors on directors@bucksbs.co.uk

  • Dick Jenkins

    Chairman

    Upon graduation, Dick pursued a career in market research and marketing services before making the switch to financial services in 1992, when he joined Bristol and West, then one of the country’s top building societies. A variety of roles in underwriting and arrears management led to a CEO position at Bank of Ireland Mortgages, when Bristol and West merged with the Bank of Ireland. Dick joined Bath Building Society as CEO in 2003. He led the Society through the financial crisis to become one of the most distinctive and successful small building societies. Following 15 years as Bath's CEO and 2 successful years as the Chairman of the Building Societies Association, Dick joined the Board of Buckinghamshire Building Society in May 2018 and became its Chair in October 2019.

  • Gerard O'Keeffe

    CEO

    Gerard has many years’ experience in financial services including as Head of Allied Irish Banks (GB), which included the retail, commercial and corporate banks, where he was an executive director of the UK regulated bank since 2009. Prior to that, Gerard was the Chief Risk Officer of AIB Group UK plc, which included First Trust Bank in Northern Ireland. Gerard has held senior positions in various companies including in structured finance, management consultancy and, immediately prior to joining the Society, was leading over 150 people on a complex and high-profile banking project. Gerard joined the Society in November 2018 and was appointed to the Board on 31 January 2019. He lives with his family in Buckinghamshire and is a governor of the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

  • Darrin Ramdeen

    Finance Director

    Darrin is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years experience in the financial services sector, having held senior positions in Banking, Insurance and Reinsurance in the UK and, more recently, in Trinidad.  Over the past 10 years Darrin’s main focus has been on business expansion and performance improvement, including product development and mergers and acquisitions.  He has extensive experience in financial systems implementation, most recently leading the integration of the core banking platform in his role as CFO for the ANSA Merchant Bank in Trinidad.  Darrin has also led the implementation of IFRS 9 and IFRS 15 across Banking, General Insurance and Life Insurance companies.  Darrin joined the Society in July 2019 and was appointed to the Board in September 2019.

  • Nigel Montgomery

    Non-Executive Director

    After University, Nigel Montgomery followed a career as a solicitor, becoming a partner in a Sidley Austin until his retirement from full-time practice. He specialised in the financial services sector advising both banks and insurers on corporate transactions and structuring issues. He has also been a non-executive director in an insurance broking group and a consultant to a number of businesses. Additionally, he is a director of a charity involved in historical conservation and education. Nigel was appointed as a non-executive director of the Society on 1 May 2020.

  • Rebecca McBride

    Non-Executive Director

    Rebecca joined the Board on 1 May 2020. She has nearly 30 years experience in financial services from both a regulatory and business perspective. She is currently Head of Regulatory Developments for Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets where she is responsible for identifying changes to new and existing regulations.  Prior to joining Lloyds in 2018 Rebecca spent 17 years as a regulator at the Financial Services Authority, Prudential Regulation Authority and most recently the Bank of England. Over her career in regulation she supervised a range of institutions including UK Banks, Building Societies, Life Assurers, Asset Managers and Central Counterparties. She is married with two daughters and lives in Wimbledon. 

  • Christine Higgins

    Non-Executive Director

    Christine is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in financial services, working at a senior level for UK and international banks. After leaving university, Christine worked as an accountant in public practice and in financial services before moving into corporate finance. Over the last 10 years she has served as a non-executive director on boards within the health, housing, leisure and finance sectors, including as Chair of Audit Committees. In addition to the Buckinghamshire Building Society, Christine is currently serving as a non-executive director at PCF Bank and as a Trustee for the charity Refuge. Christine joined our Board as a Non-Executive Director and as Chair of Audit Committee in March 2016.

     

  • Eric Leenders

    Non-Executive Director

    Eric is a career banker with over thirty years’ experience in retail banking, including successful spells as a Branch and Business Manager.  He is professionally qualified as a Chartered Banker, holding an MSc in Banking Practice and Management, and is currently Managing Director, Personal Finance at UK Finance, a trade association representing the financial services sector in the UK.  He is also a non-executive director at Registry Trust Limited, having recently stepped down as a director of BBA (Enterprises) Limited and the Lending Standards Board  in 2017. Eric is also involved in a non-executive capacity with the Department for Business Innovation & Skills’ Community Development Finance Association Regional Growth Fund. He lives in Brighton and was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in April 2014, elected Chair of the Risk Committee in May 2017.

  • Stephen Nichols

    Non-Executive Director

    Steve was formerly Head of Treasury at Britannia Building Society and a Trustee of the Britannia Pension Scheme for ten years. He holds professional qualifications in Treasury, Banking and is a Chartered Secretary. With over twenty years in the building society sector, Steve brings a wealth of finance and treasury experience to the Society. Residing in Staffordshire, he is Chief Executive Officer of a registered charity based in Cheshire. Having joined the Board as a non-executive director in February 2012, Steve now serves as Vice-Chair of the Board, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and also holds the position of Senior Independent Director.