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Marcus Daly

Chairman

Marcus Daly was appointed to the Board in December 2005 and was appointed Chairman in April 2013.

He was educated at Stonyhurst College and then at St Phillip's Grammar School in Birmingham. He is a Chartered Accountant, formerly a partner in a local Midlands firm and now Finance Director of Real Estate Investors PLC, an AIM listed property investment company.

He is also Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

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Andrew Higgins

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Higgins was appointed to the Board in May 2012.

He is a Chartered Accountant with a background in audit and advisory services, with a career spanning 33 years in the UK and overseas.

Andrew is currently also a non-executive director of an acute NHS Foundation trust, where he chairs the Quality and Safety Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.

He is Chairman of the Audit & Compliance Committee and is a member of the Assets & Liabilities and Risk Committees.

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Gavin Loynes

Non-Executive Director

Gavin Loynes was appointed to the Board in 2011.

He is a consultant Chartered Surveyor with Bruton Knowles a national firm of property consultants of which he was an equity partner for over 10 years.

Gavin is also a director of Charles Edwards Property Consultants Ltd, a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a RICS registered valuer.

Having worked in the West Midlands since qualifying, he has gained a detailed understanding of property matters within the area.

He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit & Compliance Committee.

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Richard Newton

Chief Executive

Richard Newton joined the Society in 1991 as an Administrative Assistant.

Following his appointment as Finance Manager, he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2001. He was appointed to the Board in July 2011 and is the former Finance Director of the Society.

He was appointed Chief Executive in December 2013, is Chairman of the Assets & Liabilities Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.

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Keith Rolfe

Non-Executive Director

Keith Rolfe was appointed to the Board in June 2015.

He has extensive risk management experience gained from front line risk roles in leading global financial institutions, latterly in an executive role within Barclays Corporate as Chief Credit Officer. He has also worked for UBS AG in roles including Director, Risk Management and at Credit Suisse in roles including Credit Risk Manager.

He is a Board Member and Vice Chairman of Rooftop Housing Group.

He is Chairman of the Risk Committee and is a member of the Assets & Liabilities Committee.

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Sara Shepherd

Non-Executive Director

Sara Shepherd joined the Board in May 2012.

Sara grew up in the Midlands, and attended Lady Manners School in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

She trained as a solicitor in Nottingham before relocating to the West Midlands to join the legal department of Birmingham Midshires Building Society in 1995.

Sara then spent nine years as a property lawyer in Birmingham City Centre law firms, and has been a partner at Higgs & Sons, Solicitors in Brierley Hill since 2007, specialising in commercial property law.

She is a member of the Audit & Compliance and Remuneration Committees.

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Myron Hrycyk

Non-Executive Director

Myron Hrycyk was appointed to the Board on 20 November 2017. He has an MBA from Birmingham University, is a chartered member of the British Computer Society and has sat on the Midlands CBI Council.

During his career he has been Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Digital Director at Severn Trent plc, IT Director at Unipart Advanced Logistics and he is currently a Cabinet Office Crown Representative working with the UK Government's strategic digital technology suppliers.

He is a member of the Risk Committee.

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Andrew Lumby

Finance Director

Andrew Lumby was appointed to the Board as Finance Director upon joining the Society on 29 January 2018. He is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 2002 whilst working at PwC.

Prior to joining the Society Andrew gained 14 years' experience at a large regional building society, most recently as a member of the Senior Leadership Team where he was responsible for the Finance, Treasury Risk and Credit Risk teams.

He is a member of the Assets & Liabilities Committee.