The Board
– working hard on your behalf

The Board of Stafford Railway Building Society currently comprises seven directors who offer a wide range of personal experience. Profiles for the Chief Executive and Chairman, along with the other Board members, are provided here.




Election of directors

Members of the Board have to put themselves forward for re-election at intervals of not more than three years. The election process takes place at the AGM each year and members who are unable to attend in person may vote by proxy. View the voting figures for resolutions proposed at the 2015 AGM.


Committees

Some of the business of the Board is undertaken by Committees. The three main committees are the Risk Committee, Audit Committee and the Assets and Liabilities Committee. To view the Society’s terms of reference for these Committees please click the relevant link below:


Risk Committee terms of reference

Audit Committee terms of reference

ALCO terms of reference


Please click to view a copy of the Society's Rules

The society gives the customer a perception of a safe pair of hands"

Mr L, Great Bridgeford

Susan Whiting

Susan Whiting

Chief Executive

Susan was appointed Chief Executive on 4th January 2011, having been Deputy Chief Executive of the Society since 2004. She is a qualified chartered accountant, a member of the Institute of Taxation and has advised many local businesses and organisations.
Jeremy Hodgkiss

Jeremy Hodgkiss

Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive

Jeremy Hodgkiss is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and also a qualified Corporate Financier. Jeremy lives in Stafford and is also a partner in the Stafford accountancy practice Deans. Against a current climate of further regulation and increased focus on financial stability and controls, Jeremy further strengthens the Board’s experience in these areas.
James William Dean

James William Dean

Chairman

James Dean is a Chartered Accountant and former Ernst & Young partner where he specialised in the financial services sector. He joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in August 2012. James is the Senior Independent Director at Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society and a Non Executive Director at Rathbone Brothers Plc. James Dean is a life-long member of the Building Society with a strong interest in its future success driven by a family association stretching back to his great-grandfather who was a founding member.
David Gage

David Gage

Deputy Chairman

David is a former Corporate Banking Director who joined the board of the Building Society in June 2007. As well as his role as Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire, he is Chair of the Board of Governors and Pro Chancellor at Staffordshire University. Additionally, David is a trustee of The Friends of Staffordshire & West Midlands (North) Army Cadet Force Trust and a member of Lichfield Cathedral Council and Lichfield Cathedral Investment Committee. David is Head of the Risk Committee.
Nicholas Hugh John Sandy

Nicholas Hugh John Sandy

Senior Independent Director

Nicholas Sandy is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He has over 30 years experience of working in the Staffordshire housing market. Nicholas lives in Stafford and is a Director of Nicolsons Estate Agents. He is able to provide an expert view of the existing and ever changing property markets. In the past Nicholas has also been Chairman of Staffordshire Blind and has been involved with the Stafford Round Table.
Colin Lloyd

Colin Lloyd

 

Colin Lloyd has 38 years of experience within the financial services industry, with past roles including Head of Mortgages and Securities Services for HSBC in the UK, Head of Internal Audit at the Melton Mowbray Building Society and Operations Director for SBSLS Limited, a subsidiary of Melton Mowbray Building Society. He therefore brings to the Society a wealth of recent and relevant industry and sector experience. Colin, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, is also a Rotarian and Trustee and Treasurer of Aquabox, a charity that provides filtration and humanitarian aid to disaster zones worldwide. Colin is Head of Audit Committee.
Karen Elizabeth McCormick

Karen Elizabeth McCormick

Karen has held a broad industry career that began in accountancy and progressed into business leadership with a particular interest in business performance improvement with a focus on people. Karen has worked across a diverse range of sectors and held senior leadership roles including: Chief Executive Officer at Cheshire Building Society, Group HR Director at private equity backed Care UK, Vice President HR at Kellogg’s Europe, People Performance Director at Sainsbury’s and HR Director at GUS Home Shopping/Reality. Her early career was spent in financial services, which is where she developed a passion for the mutual sector. Karen is now an established Chairman and Non-Executive Director with extensive experience working with senior executives and Boards to improve business performance from the formation of vision and strategy to delivery at the front line. She is also an effective coach with the ability to identify potential and develop talent. Karen is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
Gary Charles David Crowe

Gary Charles David Crowe

Gary Crowe is a Management Consultant and Chartered Banker with over 30 years’ experience in retail and commercial financial services. He started his career at a local NatWest branch in Staffordshire and progressed his way up to leading the regional business, working extensively with small and medium size businesses. Subsequently, he moved to London Head Office roles with The Royal Bank of Scotland, where national senior leadership positions included responsibility for commercial banking strategy, business transformation and customer experience. Gary was most recently Managing Consultant at PA Consulting Group, an international management consultancy firm. He specialised in advising and supporting financial services businesses across the UK.