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The Board of Directors

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

  • Robin Bailey

    Chairman

    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.

  • Andrew Craddock

    Chief Executive

    Andrew has thirty-five years experience in retail financial services, including 20 years in Barclays Bank spending time in the branch network and head office, 10 years in Allied Irish Bank, for the last five years as UK Chief Operating Officer and now 3 years as Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Building Society. Andrew is a Chartered Associate of the London Institute of Banking and Finance and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He joined the Society in December 2014 and was appointed a Director and Chief Executive Officer in March 2015. Andrew lives in Buckinghamshire and he has held various voluntary roles in the local community and in December 2016 became a Trustee of Buckinghamshire Community Foundation.

  • 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, elected Chair of the Risk Committee in May 2017.

  • Ian Powell

    Non-Executive Director

    Ian has been a resident of Chorleywood since 1993 and a Barrister since 1983. After completing pupillage he moved into industry and has worked in a variety of roles, as both employee and consultant, in a number of different sectors including leisure hospitality, brewing, hotels, gaming, engineering, defence, utilities, property and private equity, including serving on the boards of subsidiary companies. His most recent full-time role was as General Counsel and Company Secretary of a FTSE 250 leisure retail group, where he was responsible for legal affairs, company secretarial issues, crisis management, public affairs, insurance and claims, intellectual property, internal audit and risk management. He has previously served as a non-executive director of a firm of Trade Mark agents. Ian joined the Board in May 2009, was Chair of the Risk Committee from its inception to May 2017, and will stand down from the Board at the 2018 AGM, having completed nine years service.

  • 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.