The Board of Directors
Robin Ashton - Chairman
I joined the Board as a non executive director in April 2011 and became Chairman in March 2013. As Chairman, I attend many Board committees and I’m responsible for chairing and overseeing the performance of the Board of the Society. I’m a strong supporter of the building society sector and the mutual business model, which plays an important role in UK financial services. I’m a Chartered Accountant and spent my executive career in retail financial services. This has provided me with skills and experience, across a broad range of areas and, in particular, credit, treasury, audit and accounting. I’m also a non executive director of Shawbrook Group plc and its subsidiary Shawbrook Bank Ltd. I’m married with three children and I enjoy reading and motorsports.
Peter Hill - Chief Executive
I have over 37 years’ experience in retail financial services, covering a wide range of disciplines. I entered the mutual sector in 2001, joining the Society as General Manager (Sales) before moving into operations. I was appointed Operations Director in 2006 and Chief Executive Officer in 2011. As CEO, I'm responsible for developing and proposing the Society’s strategy, objectives and plans, and the development of the Society’s business model and culture. I’m Chairman of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, a director of the new Financial Services Trade Association (NewTA), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I’m married with two sons and a keen follower of Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club.
I joined the Board as a non executive director in January 2013, bringing a strong consumer, branding, digital and marketing perspective to the role. I’m also a member of the Remuneration Committee. Putting our members’ interests at the heart of the Society is important to me and integral to our business. I’ve been employed in marketing and advertising for over 25 years and I’m Chief Executive Officer of leading UK media agency Omnicom Media Group UK. Outside work, I enjoy swimming and have two children. I also support Breast Cancer Now and Future Dreams charities.
I joined the Board as a non executive director in February 2014 and I'm also a member of the Audit Committee. I'm the Route Services Director at Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, having previously been Group Chief Information Officer. Prior to this I was a senior executive at Barclays Bank within operations and technology. I bring to the Society broad expertise in enterprise risk and technology. I spent my early career in the building society sector and I'm proud to be part of a mutual organisation where our members' interests are central to our business. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family and swimming. Susan will be retiring from the Board at the 2017 AGM.
I joined the Board as Chief Commercial Officer in February 2016 and I’m responsible for the Society’s strategy and direction across product development, customer and digital, as well as direct and intermediary distribution. I chair the Society’s Corporate Responsibility Steering Group and Conduct Risk Committee. After starting my career at Oliver Wyman & Company, I spent 10 years at Lloyds Banking Group in senior roles in the mortgages and savings businesses before joining the Society. My experience has given me an excellent understanding of product development to meet customer needs, as well as strong strategic and commercial skills. I'm married with three young children and enjoy spending time with my family, and if there’s ever a quiet moment, reading.
I joined the Board in March 2012. I chair the Board Risk Committee and my responsibilities include safeguarding the independence of the compliance and risk functions. I also chair the Pension Trustee Board and I'm a member of the Remuneration Committee. I started my financial services career with Halifax Building Society 27 years ago. Prior to joining the Society, I was Chief Executive of Sainsbury's Bank. I’m the Chairman of Amicus Finance plc and I also undertake a number of advisory roles. During my career, I've developed a wealth of knowledge in retail financial services and a strong understanding of risk management, pensions and human resources. I'm delighted to return to my mutual roots and be part of a Board that's totally committed to mutual status. Outside work, I'm married with two daughters and I’m a keen alpine walker and runner.
I joined the Board as Chief Risk Officer in 2015 and I’m proud to be a director of the Society. I started my career as a solicitor in private practice and have worked for the Society since 1998 in a variety of legal, compliance and risk-focused roles. I've developed extensive experience of working in a highly regulated environment. My skills and experience enable me to lead the Risk Division, which comprises a number of specialist teams. I'm responsible for the overall management of the risk control framework of the Society, which includes co-ordinating and managing principal risks and risk appetite. I report directly to the Board Risk Committee and attend all of the Society's management committees. I live near York with my wife and two young children and enjoy watching sport and spending time with family and friends.
It’s a great privilege to serve the members of Leeds Building Society, as I believe strongly in its mutuality and social purpose. I joined the Board in November 2015. I chair the Audit Committee where my responsibilities include safeguarding the independence of the Internal Audit Function and I'm the Society's Whistleblowing Champion. I also serve on the Board Risk Committee. Over my 30-year career, I've gained extensive UK and international financial services experience as a director of Legal & General plc and CEO of its International Division, and previously as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse. I support Diabetes UK Ltd as a non executive director, Trustee and Audit Committee Chair and I'm also an Advisor to Green Park Partners Ltd. I'm married with two children and enjoy playing golf, travelling and spending time with my family.
I joined the Board as a non executive director in April 2015. I chair the Models and Rating System Committee and am also a member of the Board Risk Committee. I began my banking career with Yorkshire Bank in Leeds. Since then, I've held senior posts in a number of major UK and international banks and was a founder member of the Global Credit Data Consortium. My areas of particular specialism fall within credit and treasury risk management. The past few years have been turbulent in the financial services world and I'm proud to be a Board member in a Society that's fully committed to mutuality, with its members' best interests at heart. I'm married with two sons.
I joined the Board in March 2012. I’m a member of the Society’s Board Risk and Models and Ratings System Committees. I’m also Chairman at Charter Court Financial Services Group and I’ve worked as a consultant for organisations including the Government on housing related projects. With over 40 years' experience in the financial services and mortgage industries, I've developed a strong understanding in these and other specialist areas including credit and conduct risk management and technology. I fully appreciate the value of mutuality and I’m proud to be a director at a Society that’s focused on getting things right for its members. I’m married with three children and enjoy walking, watching sport and going to the theatre.
I joined the Society in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer having spent the last 15 years in the mutual building society sector. I've held senior roles at Barclays Bank, Skipton and Scarborough Building Societies. My role is to ensure that the Society remains financially secure and is able to fund continuing growth and investment for the benefit of our members. As a member of the Executive Committee, I lead the Society’s Finance, Treasury and Strategy teams and I’m Chairman of the Assets and Liabilities Committee. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing squash and cycling.
I joined the Board in 2010 and I'm the Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director. I chair the Remuneration Committee and I’m responsible for overseeing the development of, and implementation of, the Society’s remuneration policies and practices. I'm also a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees. The Society, with its proud history and firm commitment to mutuality, is a very strong part of Leeds' business community. As a Chartered Accountant, I was the Senior Partner for Deloitte in their Leeds office where I developed a deep understanding in the auditing and accounting arena. I've also developed a strong understanding in the fields of enterprise risk and human resources. Now, I'm Chairman of an investment administration business and Honorary Treasurer of Lancashire County Cricket Club. Outside work, I'm married with two children and I support the NSPCC.
I've been Chief Operating Officer since late 2012. I’ve worked in financial services for over 30 years with relevant experience to ensure that we have the right people, processes and technology in place to continue to deliver great service and value to our members. That includes continuing to change and update how we do things to meet new customer expectations in a rapidly changing world. I’m Chair of the Operational and Regulatory Risk Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. I’m a Chartered Banker and enjoy walking and spending time in the Yorkshire Dales.