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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.  In 2017 he was 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.

  • 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 lives with his family in Buckinghamshire.  He is a governor of the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

  • Rajesh Patel

    Finance Director & Deputy CEO

    Rajesh has worked in financial services for sixteen 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. He joined the Society in May 2010 as Finance Director and was promoted to Finance Director & Deputy CEO in September 2018. For the past nine years Rajesh has been 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, and lives with his family in Buckinghamshire.

  • 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 9 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 PCF Bank and as a Trustee for Refuge, a domestic violence charity.  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 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.

  • 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.