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Executive Directors

Executive Directors

Gary Brebner
Chief Executive

Gary joined the Society in 2009 as Chief Executive, bringing to his role almost 30 years’ experience of working with and within financial services businesses. Prior to this he worked at KPMG (Consulting), Eagle Star, Royal Insurance and on leaving university he audited as an accountant with Price Waterhouse. 

As part of his role Gary is also the Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Company Secretary for the Society.

Caroline Joyce
Operations Director

Caroline has held a board position since 2003 with the Society and brings over 27 years of financial services experience to the role. Born in Nottingham she has previously held positions with Building Societies in Leeds, Staffordshire and the East Midlands. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and is CeMap qualified.  

Keeping a balanced life between work and leisure is important to Caroline who is a keen runner and can often be found climbing the fells in Cumbria.

Andrew Payton
Finance Director

Andrew joined the Board as Finance Director in June 2020.  He is a Chartered Accountant and has responsibility for financial reporting and planning, regulatory reporting, treasury management and IT operations.  He chairs the Management Assets and Liabilities Committee, which monitors the Society’s financial performance, funding requirements and financial risk management.

Andrew lives with his family in Leicestershire.  In his spare time he cooks, cycles and spends much of his time re-attaching the things that appear to be always falling off the family’s old Victorian house.

Non-Executive Directors

Helen Sachdev
Chair of the Board

Helen joined the board in May 2017.  Helen currently holds a number of appointments across the property and education sectors.  With over 18 years’ experience of Retail and 8 years of Retail Banking, Helen brings a depth of knowledge, as well as customer led strategic thinking to the Society.  Helen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is an accredited Ashridge coach.

Helen is a mother of two grown up children and is committed to making the world a better place for working parents.

Roger Barlow
Deputy Chair

Roger joined the Board in March 2019.  He is a Chartered Accountant and former partner with KPMG.

He holds a number of Non Executive Directorships including a challenger Bank and an AIM listed company and was previously a Non Executive Director of a northern Building Society.

 Roger is married with two grown up children and an active grandson. He enjoys skiing, overseas travel and family time. 

Jane Pilcher
Non-Executive Director

Jane joined the Board in May 2016 following ten years as a Non-Executive Director at the Cambridge Building Society.

She is also Group Treasurer at Anglian Water Group and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Jane brings expertise in key issues such as treasury strategy, derivatives and management of liquidity. Prior to her career as a Group Treasurer, Jane was involved in corporate banking in the City of London and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

She enjoys overseas travel, gardening, family time and walking her two dogs.

Rachel Curtis-Bowen
Non-Executive Director

Rachel joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in December 2018. Rachel has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, having worked for both building societies and banks.  She brings expertise in the key areas of Marketing, Customer Service and Savings, and is also a qualified Executive Coach.

Rachel lives in Leicestershire with her family and spends her spare time transporting her children to various sporting events and supporting Leicester Tigers

Caroline Bradley
Non-Executive Director

Caroline joined the board in March 2020. She is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant and has previously worked at Leeds Permanent and Yorkshire Building Societies.

She has 20 years Executive Director experience at TD Direct Investing (online stockbrokers) and Tenet Group (independent investment and mortgage advice support group) and brings in-depth Finance, Risk and Regulatory experience. She also brings experience in significant digital projects.

Caroline lives in Leeds with her family and enjoys skiing, travel and gardening. 

Professor Moorad Choudhry
Non-Executive Director

Moorad joined the Board in July 2020. He has over 30 years’ experience in the City of London and was latterly Treasurer, Corporate Banking Division at The Royal Bank of Scotland.

 He is an Honorary Professor at University of Kent Business School, and author of “The Principles of Banking”.

Moorad is married with two young children, and enjoys turning out for Newdigate Football Club, which plays in Division 4 North of the West Sussex League.