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Meet our Board

The Melton Building Society is managed day-to-day by an Executive Team of senior managers, overseen by an elected Board of Non-Executive Directors. Some members of the Executive Team are also members of the Board and are known as Executive Directors.

The Non-Executive Directors, who are from a range of different backgrounds, bring an outside perspective to the management of the Society and also represent the views of the membership.

Non Executive Directors

Fiona Ann Pollard
Fiona Ann Pollard MA
Chair of the Board

I was appointed to the Board of Directors on 9th October 2014. I had a ten year investment banking career working in derivatives with various institutions including NatWest Markets and Goldman Sachs. I left the City in 1997 to start my own events business in Kent - the Hop Farm Country Park.

I am also a Non-Executive Director on other boards including Visit England, the Roman Baths Foundation and Monument Bank. I live in Bath and am married with four children.

Andrew John Capps
Andrew John Capps MBA, DipM, AMCT
Chair of Risk Committee

I was appointed to the Board of Directors on 18 February 2013. I have worked in Financial Services for 38 years and have in-depth experience in financial markets and risk management. I was Head of Risk at a large building society where I sat on various management committees, including each of the Risk, Credit and Asset and Liability Committees. I was also a director of one of its major subsidiaries.

Up to 2012 I was a senior manager within KPMG’s financial sector risk and regulatory practice, specialising in financial risk management. I am now director of an independent advisory company which provides risk management advice to regulated Financial Services firms.

I am a member of the Risk Committee.

Judith Mortimer Sykes
Judith Mortimer Sykes
Chair of Remuneration & Nominations Committee and Senior Independent Director

I was appointed to the Board of Directors on 19 May 2021. I am an experienced NED having worked on a range of boards in the past decade. I completed a 9-year term at Harpenden Building Society where I was Vice Chair, Senior Independent Director and Chair of Remuneration & Nominations. At Melton I am the Senior Independent Director with the responsibility of Whistleblowing Champion. I also Chair the Remuneration & Nominations committee.

My work in financial services spans over 40 years with an executive career in corporate banking at Bank of America in the 80's, followed by 18 years at Nationwide Building Society on both the commercial and retail side, including six years as Head of Lending Control.

I am married with one daughter and live in Northamptonshire.

Simon Thomas
Simon Thomas

I am a Chartered Accountant and trained with Price Waterhouse. I have over 30 years’ experience in Financial Services and retired from my most recent role as Group CFO of Provident Financial Group PLC in March 2020.

Prior to that, I was Group CFO of Just Group PLC, a FTSE 250 Financial Services Company, for approximately 12 years. I also spent 10 years at Nationwide, where I started working in the Financial Systems area and ultimately became their Group Financial Controller.

I am married with one son and live in Surrey.

Jonathan Farrington
Jonathan Farrington BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, Cert Dip AF
Chair of Audit & Compliance Committee

I was appointed to the Board on 1st March 2018. I have worked in the oil, pharmaceutical and retail sectors including Mobil Oil and Alliance Boots. I served as Group CEO of the Dr Max Group in Central Europe, Finance Director of Boots Retail International and Director of Corporate Development (Europe, Middle East & Africa) for the Alliance Boots Group. Having worked internationally for much of the last twenty years, I have spent time living overseas.

I have lived in the East Midlands since 1996 and am married with 3 children. I am Vice Chair of Governors at the King’s School, Grantham.

Sue Douthwaite
Sue Douthwaite

I am a Chartered Banker and have enjoyed an extensive career in financial services working in Retail, Corporate and SME banking. Roles undertaken have included Managing Director of Santander Business in Santander UK and most recently Group Head of SME Strategy for Virgin Money.

I have been involved in transformational fintech projects and alliance partnerships in the UK and Europe and the successful delivery of new operating models, systems, and culture. I have been actively involved in the diversity agenda for many years.

I am also a Non-Executive Director of British Business Investments Ltd, University of Sheffield Business School Advisory Board member and Chair for the International Advisory Board Queen’s Management School at Queens University, Belfast.

Executive Directors

Simon Taylor
Simon Taylor ACIB, MBA
Chief Executive

I joined the Society in June 2020 as Chief Executive and I have worked in financial services for over 30 years. Previously I was Chief Operating Officer for the Nottingham Building Society for almost 8 years. I have held a number of senior roles at Lloyds and Barclays and was a Regional Director for Lloyds Banking Group before joining the Building Society Sector.

I am an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, I hold an MBA and am an alumnus in Advanced Strategic Management from Kellogg North-Western Business School in Chicago.

Andy Lumby
Andy Lumby FCA
Chief Financial Officer

I joined the Society in July 2021. I am a chartered accountant and started my career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving into the mutual sector. I have over 17 years’ experience in financial services and have held a number of senior finance positions at building societies, including Head of Finance at Nottingham Building Society and most recently as Finance Director of Tipton & Coseley Building Society.

I am responsible for the Society’s Finance and Treasury management functions along with implementation of the Society’s financial strategies.

I am married with one daughter and live in Leicestershire.

Members of the Executive Committee

Rita Bullivant
Rita Bullivant
Director of IT & Change

I joined the Society in February 2020 from Cadent, where I was Head of Solution Delivery, supporting the Gas Distribution Company to capture and deliver its enterprise wide change programme. In this role I was responsible for creating, prioritising and delivering a £90m investment programme for the organisation over 2 years.

Prior to Cadent I worked for Interserve as Head of IT supporting Central Government and the Defence Sector, mobilising global contracts and associated technology around the world.

I served as Justice of the Peace for Leicester District Bench for 22 years - a role I retired from in December 2019. I am married with two daughters.

Debbie Flint
Debbie Flint CeMAP
Director of Operations

I joined the Society in 1996 and my career in Financial Services has included roles within various customer service focused teams. Having always lived locally, I have good knowledge of the local area and the communities in which we serve.

I have gained extensive experience within a variety of customer facing, Main Office based and management roles at the Society and have in-depth knowledge of the products, services and processes. I have sound awareness and understanding of service delivery within a regulated environment whilst ensuring customers receive a great experience when dealing with the Society.

Rachel kolebuk
Rachel Kolebuk
Chief Commercial Officer

I joined the Society in November 2020 as Chief Commercial Officer working for 19 years within the financial services sector in Banks and Building Societies across the Midlands. Previously I held a number of roles at Nottingham Building Society across a wide range of functions including Marketing Communications, Product and Proposition Development and Management, Strategic and Business Planning. I am a leader offering a diverse skill set covering both managerial and operational experience.

I am a Chartered Manager from the Chartered Management Institute and hold an MBA from Open University. I am also a Trustee for Nottinghamshire Deaf Society.

Nicola Walker
Nicola Walker
Chief Risk Officer

I joined the Society in June 2019, having worked in financial services for 25 years. I started my career in the Building Society sector within operations but chose to specialise in risk management. I was latterly employed as the Head of Credit Risk Analysis with Bank of Ireland UK and prior to this I spent 4 years at the Prudential Regulation Authority within their Risk Specialist Division.

I have good all round knowledge of the conduct and prudential risks facing financial institutions and I have specific in-depth knowledge in relation to Stress Testing, IFRS9 and Credit Risk.

Following the Bank of England Base Rate increases, our Standard Variable Rate is due to increase from 4.99% to 5.39% with effect from 1st June 2022.

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