Andrew Higgins


Andrew Higgins was appointed to the Board in May 2012 and appointed Chairman in June 2018.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Keith Rolfe

Vice Chairman and Senior Independent 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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Sally Veitch

Non-executive Director

Sally Veitch was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2018.

Sally is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 1997 whilst working for Coopers & Lybrand. She is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit at Redwood Bank; and is formerly a Non-Executive Director of a Leicestershire based Building Society and Amicus Finance.

During her executive career Sally was Finance Director for the financial services business of Home Retail Group PLC.

Sally is Chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee and is a member of the Risk and Remuneration Committees.