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The Board of Directors

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  • Robin Bailey


    Robin held a number of Director roles at Nationwide Building Society including Retail and Savings. He also served on a number of their Subsidiary Boards. Robin has extensive experience of the building society sector in particular and of financial services in general. Robin joined the Board as a non-executive director in December 2011 and was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2013. This year he has been appointed as Chair of the Board of the GreenSquare Group which comprises GreenSquare Group Ltd, Westlea Housing Association Ltd, GreenSquare Community Housing Ltd, GreenSquare Homes Ltd, GreenSquare Construction Ltd and GS Energy Services Ltd.

  • Rajesh Patel

    Finance Director

    Rajesh has worked in financial services for fifteen years, seven years at Citibank where his main focus has been in Financial Control across various disciplines including Private Banking, Asset Management, Consumer and Commercial Banking, and eight years as Finance Director of Buckinghamshire Building Society where Rajesh is responsible for the Society’s capital, liquidity and funding position as well as regulatory reporting. Rajesh is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He joined the Society in May 2010 and lives in Buckinghamshire.

  • Christine Higgins

    Non Executive Director

    Christine is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in financial services working 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 8 years she has served as a non-executive director on boards in the health, housing, leisure and finance sectors, including as Chair of Audit. In addition to the Buckinghamshire, Christine is currently serving as non-executive director at CSMA Boundless and PCF Bank. Christine joined our Board as a non-executive director and as Chair of Audit 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 new organisation 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 in 2017. Eric is also involved in a non-executive capacity with the Department for Work and Pensions’ Credit Union Expansion Project and 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, and elected Chair of the Risk Committee in May 2017.

  • Dick Jenkins

    Non Executive Director

    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 then went on to head up Strategy and HR for the B&W group before joining 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 two successful years as Chairman of the Building Societies Association, Dick joined the Board in May 2018.

  • Robert Sinclair

    Non-Executive Director

    Robert brings over 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services sector, with a particular emphasis on mortgages in the last decade. Having worked for HSBC and Santander in branch, commercial and private banking he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He is Chief Executive of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries (AMI) which he established as an independent entity in 2012. AMI is a non-commercial, not-for-profit trade body which exists solely to bring about a better business environment for its members, by lobbying the Government, Treasury, FCA and other opinion formers and policymakers. Robert joined the Board in March 2015 and is also a member of the Bank of England Residential Property Forum.

  • 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.