The Board of Directors

  • A portrait of Robin Ashton

    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 most Board Committees. 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 am a Chartered Accountant and spent my executive career in retail financial services. I'm also a non executive director of Shawbrook Group Plc, its subsidiary Shawbrook Bank Ltd and Non-Standard Finance Plc. I'm married with three children and I enjoy reading and motorsports

  • A portrait of Peter Hill

    Peter Hill - Chief Executive

    I have over 35 years' experience in financial services, specialising in a 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. I'm Chairman of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Chairman of the Northern Association of Building Societies, 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.

  • A portrait of Philippa Brown

    Philippa Brown

    I joined the Board as a non executive director in January 2013, bringing a strong consumer and marketing perspective to the role. I’m also a member of the Conduct Risk and Remuneration Committees. 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.

  • A portrait of Susan Cooklin

    Susan Cooklin

    I joined the Board as a non executive director in February 2014 and I'm also a member of the Risk and Audit Committees. I'm the Route Services Director at Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, having previously joined as their Group Chief Information Officer. Prior to this I was a senior executive at Barclays Bank within operations and technology. I spent my early career in the building society sector and now I'm proud to have rejoined a mutual organisation where our members' interests are central to our business. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family and swimming.

  • A portrait of Andrew Greenwood

    Andrew Greenwood

    I joined the Board as Chief Risk Officer in 2015 and I'm proud to be a member 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. My role is to lead the Risk Division, which comprises a number of specialist teams that monitor key risks in the context of business activities. I also attend all of the Society's Board subcommittees which focus on risk management. I live near York with my wife and two young children and enjoy watching sport and spending time with family and friends.

  • A portrait of David Fisher

    David Fisher

    I joined the Board in March 2012. I chair the Pension Trustee Board and the Risk Committee. I'm also a member of the Conduct and Remuneration Committees. I started my financial services career with Halifax Building Society 26 years ago. Prior to joining the Society, I was Chief Executive of Sainsbury's Bank. I also undertake a number of advisory roles. I'm delighted to return to my mutual roots and join a Board that's totally committed to mutual status. Outside work, I'm married with two daughters and a keen alpine walker and runner. I completed my first marathon in 2012.

  • A portrait of John Hunt

    John Hunt

    I joined the Board as a non executive director in April 2015. I Chair the Models and Rating System Committee and I'm a member of the Assets and Liabilities and Credit Committees. I began my 38 year banking career with Yorkshire Bank in Leeds. Since then, I've held senior posts in a number of major banks and was a founder member of the Global Credit Data Consortium. The past few years have been turbulent in the financial services world and I'm pleased to join a Society that's fully committed to mutuality, with its members' best interests at heart. I'm married with two sons.

  • A portrait of Philip Jenks

    Philip Jenks

    I joined the Board in March 2012. I chair the Society's Credit Committee and I'm a member of the Society's Risk and Models and Ratings System Committees. With over 40 years' experience in the financial sector, I'm Chairman at Charter Court Financial Services Group and I've worked as a consultant for organisations including the Government on housing related projects. 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.

  • A portrait of Robin litten

    Robin Litten

    I joined the Society in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer having spent the last 13 years in the mutual building society sector. I have 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.

  • A portrait of Les Platts

    Les Platts

    I joined the Board in 2010 and I'm the Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director. I also chair the Remuneration Committee and I'm a member of the Audit, Nominations and Assets & Liabilities 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. 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.

  • A portrait of Gareth Hoskin

    Gareth Hoskin

    It is a great privilege to serve the members of the Leeds Building Society as I believe strongly in its mutuality and social purpose. Having joined the Board in November 2015, I Chair the Audit Committee and serve on the 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.

  • A portrait of Karen Wint

    Karen Wint

    As Chief Operating Officer I am responsible for ensuring 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 am a member of the Executive, Conduct Risk and Credit Committees. I am a Chartered Banker and enjoy walking and spending time in the Yorkshire Dales.

  • Richard Fearon

    Richard Fearon

    I joined the board as Chief Commercial Officer in February 2016. I'm responsible for the strategy and direction of the Society across product development, marketing and brand, digital, customer insight and distribution. I started my career at Oliver Wyman & Company and spent the last ten years at Lloyds Banking Group in a number of senior roles. I'm delighted to have joined a mutual organisation which puts members' interests first and which has been so successful during a challenging period in financial services. I'm married with two (soon to be three) children and enjoy reading.