Meet our directors

The Board, which normally meets monthly, is responsible for directing and supervising the Society’s affairs. It sets the strategy for the business, ensures that the correct financial and human resources are in place for the Society to meet its objectives, and reviews management performance. The Board of Hinckley & Rugby Building Society includes two full-time executive directors and six non-executive directors.

The Chief Executive has responsibility for running the Society and implementing strategy. The Chairman is responsible for leading the Board and is not involved in the day-to-day management of the Society. There are a number of Board Committees to which the Board has delegated authority.

Click the links below for the terms of reference for these committees –

Non Executive Directors

Chairman – Colin Franklin

Colin FranklinColin joined the Society in July 2015 as a Non-Executive member of the Board and in March 2016 became Chairman. Having worked at building societies for 42 years, he has a wealth of expertise and experience in the sector.

Colin lives in the Rugby area and his most recent role was as interim Chief Executive at Coventry Building Society, where he had been a Board member since 2008.

During his 35-year career at the Coventry, Colin had many roles including sales and marketing director and managing director of its subsidiary lender, Godiva Mortgages.

Senior Independent Director – David Woodward

David WoodwardDavid joined the Hinckley & Rugby as a Non-Executive Director in 2015 and is also currently Chairman of the Audit & Compliance Committee. He is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant.

He has held a number of senior financial positions with organisations based in the East Midlands, including Express Dairies plc. More recently he was Finance Director of train operator Midland Mainline and coach operator National Express.

Currently he is a Non-Executive Director with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust where he is Chair of the Audit Committee.

Gary Wilkinson

Garry Wilkinson for web (3)

Gary joined the Society as a Non-Executive Director in December 2014 and is currently Chairman of the Board Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is a qualified chartered accountant and has extensive experience within financial services, in both the building society and banking sectors.

He was a divisional director at both Alliance & Leicester plc and Nationwide Building Society, where as Managing Director of Regional Brands he had responsibility and accountability for the newly merged Derbyshire, Cheshire and subsequently Dunfermline building societies.

He then became an executive board director at Newcastle Building Society, in the capacity of Finance Director, before joining the Leicester based Pensions Bank as Chief Executive Officer. The undertaking and assets of Pensions Bank were transferred to Cambridge & Counties Bank, a newly formed challenger bank also headquartered in Leicester, where Gary also served as Chief Executive Officer until October 2014.

He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Redwood Bank Limited, which is focused on small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK and which plans to open to customers later in 2017 after receiving approval from the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Geneane Bell

Geneane Bell 2Geneane joined Hinckley & Rugby as a Non-Executive Director in July 2013. She has lived in the Rugby area since 2001.

Prior to joining HRBS her career with the Lloyds Banking Group spanned 38 years, the last 15 of which specialised in risk management and compliance with regulation.

Her last role was Head of Compliance and Conduct Risk for the Lloyds Retail Bank. Geneane has extensive experience of working with the UK’s Financial Services regulators, including the FCA (previously FSA) and FOS.

 

Barbara Mellish

Barbara joined the Society as a Non-Executive Director at the Annual General Meeting in March 2017.

She is a qualified Risk Manager and had a 30-year career at Barclays, her final role being the Director of Card Scheme Global Governance, before joining the not-for-profit side of banking at UK Payments. Her position there was the Director of Payments Integrity and Security for the UK’s banking infrastructure. This was a cross-sector financial services role working alongside the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, as well as providing Government and senior civil servant liaison.

Barbara has previously lived in Rugby and now lives in Northamptonshire.

Nemone Wynn-Evans

Nemone joined the Society as a Non-Executive Director at the Annual General Meeting in March 2017.

Her background is in the equity capital markets sector of the City of London, including as a former Finance Director on the main board of a stock exchange, having begun her career in corporate finance and broking.

She is currently Chief Operating Officer at a multi-family office in the Midlands which provides investment management to ultra-high net worth clients and she also holds non-executive positions as Senior Independent Director of a mutual friendly society in the savings and insurance sector and on the board of the commercial subsidiary of Coventry University.

Nemone lives in Warwickshire, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.  She read PPE at Oxford.

 

Executive Directors

Chris White

HRBS Board meeting. AGM Chris White

Chris joined the Society in 1989 and was appointed to the Board as Finance Director in 1993. He became Chief Executive in 2007.

After gaining a degree in economics he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981 and worked at a number of companies in the Rover Group before joining Hinckley & Rugby.

 

 

 

Andrew Payton

HRBS Board meeting. AGM Andrew Payton

Andrew joined the Society in 2007 as Finance Director, having previously held senior finance roles in a number of other organisations, mostly in the retail financial services sector.  Within the Society he has responsibility for financial planning and reporting, treasury, risk management, business development, property and administrative services.

He is an economics graduate and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989.  He lives in Leicestershire.