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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

    Dick Jenkins joined the Board of the Buckinghamshire Building Society in April 2018 as a non-executive director and was appointed as Chair of the Board in October 2019. He chairs the Nomination Committee and also sits on the Society’s Assets & Liabilities Committee and Remuneration Committees.
    Following an early career in market research Dick has spent much of his career in the Building Society sector with the Bristol and West Building Society and from 2013 to 2018 as Chief Executive of the Bath Building Society, a society of a similar size and profile to the Buckinghamshire Building Society.
    Dick studied geography at Cambridge University and is an enthusiastic gardener, golfer and musician.

  • Gerard O'Keeffe

    CEO

    Gerard O’Keeffe joined the Society in November 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and was appointed to the Board on 31 January 2019 upon receipt of the regulatory approval for SMF 1. He chairs the Assets & Liabilities Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Risk Committees, as well as being a regular attendee at the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
    Gerard has many years’ of 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 and management consultancy.
    He lives with his family in Buckinghamshire and is a governor of the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

  • Darrin Ramdeen

    Finance Director

    Darrin Ramdeen joined the Society as Finance Director in July 2019 and was appointed to the Board in September 2019, holding the Senior Management Function 2 with the regulator. Darrin is a member of the Assets & Liabilities, Nomination and Risk Committees, and is also a regular attendee at the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
    Darrin is a Chartered Accountant with almost 20 years of experience in the financial services sector, having held senior positions in banking, insurance and reinsurance, both in the UK and overseas. Over the past 13 years Darrin’s main focus has been on corporate strategy and performance improvement, transformational change and mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience in enterprise software for banks and financial services, having led a number of major system implementation projects over the years.
    Darrin was appointed to the Board of the Building Societies Trust Limited in December 2020.

  • Rebecca McBride

    Non-Executive Director

    Rebecca McBride joined the Board as a non-executive director on 1 May 2020. She is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee (subject to regulatory approval) and is also a member of the Risk, Audit, Assets and Liabilities and Nomination Committees.
    Rebecca has nearly 30 years of 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.
    Rebecca is married with two daughters and lives in Wimbledon.

  • Eric Leenders

    Non-Executive Director

    Eric Leenders was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in April 2014 and elected Chair of the Risk Committee in May 2017. He is currently Vice Chair, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Risk Committee, holding Senior Management Functions 10 and 14 with the regulator. He also sits on the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee of the Board.
    Eric is a career banker with over thirty years’ experience in retail banking, and is currently the Managing Director, Personal Finance and Financial and Risk Policy at UK Finance. He is also a non-executive director and Chair of the HR and Remuneration Committee at Registry Trust Limited, having stepped down as a director of BBA (Enterprises) Limited and the Lending Standards Board in 2017.
    He is professionally qualified as a chartered banker, holding an MSc in Banking Practice and Management and is a fellow of the London Institute of Banking and Finance and the Chartered Banker Institute. He is also a member of the Institute of Credit Management and the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and holds a post-graduate diploma in public relations.

  • Andy Lucas

    Non-Executive Director

    Andy Lucas joined the Board as a non-executive director in May 2021 and is a member of the Risk, Assets & Liabilities, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
    He started his career in marketing and sales and much of his experience has been centred on financial services, particularly savings and investments, mortgages and insurance. He has managed eCommerce developments for over 20 years and led product, customer service, change management and technology operations. After senior roles at Prudential and ACE Insurance Group, he was Director and Chief Operating Officer at The Cambridge Building Society, where he worked for over 9 years.
    Andy is a non-executive director of Cirencester Friendly Society, a Trustee of YMCA Trinity Group and Vice-Chair of The Christian Conference Trust, as well as a member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing. Away from work he likes to travel, being a keen walker and photographer, or relax in the kitchen tackling a new recipe!

  • Chris Potter

    Non-Executive Director

    Chris Potter joined the Board as a non-executive director in January 2022. He is the Chair of the Audit Committee (subject to regulatory approval) and also a member of the Risk Committee and Nomination Committee of the Board.
    Chris spent 35 years working for PwC, since 1999 as a partner in the UK audit practice, where his clients included major financial services providers. He specialises in managing technology risk and cyber security, audit of internal control, and digital transformation.
    Chris is a qualified accountant, CISA and member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security Professionals. Since 2019 he has been a trustee and the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee for the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He is a visiting senior lecturer on the information security management MSc course at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also strategic advisor for Inflo, the audit technology provider. Chris is interested in history and learning from the past, and also in how science and technology can help us meet the challenges in the future.