Board of Directors and Executive Management

Swansea Building Society Directors
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Board of Directors and Executive Management

 

Gwyn Williams (Chairman)

Gwyn was appointed to the Board in May 2005 and appointed Chairman in April 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant and Director at Clay Shaw Thomas Ltd. His career has been in private practice specialising in strategic business and tax advice to owner managed businesses and individuals in South Wales. He is Chair of the Audit Committee and the Assets & Liabilities Committee. Gwyn is also the Society's Senior Independent Director.

Alun Williams (Chief Executive)

Alun joined the Society in May 2001 as Director and Chief Executive. Prior to his appointment, he had spent 20 years in retail, business and corporate banking starting with Williams & Glyns Bank Plc and subsequently Bank of Wales Plc. He is a member of the Assets & Liabilities, Risk and Conduct Committees. 

Neil Rosser (Deputy Chief Executive)

Neil joined the Society in 1983 and was appointed to the Board in 2001. His main responsibilities include financial performance and systems development and he has joint responsibility for regulation. He is a member of the Assets & Liabilities, IT, Risk and Conduct Committees.

Roger Poolman (Deputy Chairman)

Roger was appointed to the Board in November 2009. He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years experience in the Swansea & South Wales property market. He is Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee and the Assets and Liabilities Committee.

Paula Kathrens

Paula was appointed to the Board in May 2013. Paula is a partner with law firm Morgan Cole based in their Swansea office and specialises in employment law. She advises organisations in both the public and private sectors, including a number of financial institutions, on all aspects of contentious and non contentious employment law. Paula is Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Jeff Herdman

Jeff joined the Board in May 2014. He has held senior positions in the risk and insurance industry over a 30 year career. Following a period as Branch manager of the Midshires Building Society in Swansea he set up his own Financial services and insurance advisory service. Following the successful sale of that business he moved to the UK Board of international brokers Willis. He eventually became Group MD of UK Broker Oval. He is Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee and the Risk Committee.

Ieuan Griffiths

Ieuan joined the Board in May 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of CIPFA. He was Director of Strategy and Finance at the DVLA for 12 years and previously Deputy Director of Finance and Performance for the NHS in England and Wales. He worked for 20 years for major accountancy firms in audit, computer audit and consultancy for IT and business strategy. He is Chair of the IT Committee and Assets & Liabilities Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Steve Maddock

Steve joined the Board in May 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of ICAEW. He started his career at the Swansea office of accountancy firm Deloitte Haskins & Sells and after qualifying, he joined Coopers & Lybrand, now PwC. Before taking early retirement, he was Director of Financial Shared Services for Tata Steel Europe. He is non-executive Finance Director of Ospreys Rugby Limited and is a Trustee Director of the British Steel Pension Scheme as well as Chairman of its Investment Committee.