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 owner/director of Clay Shaw Thomas Limited and a chartered financial planner and owner/director of CST Wealth Management Limited. His 34 year career to date has been in private practice specialising in wealth management for owner managed businesses and high net worth individuals.

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 the oversight of operational risks, including responsibility for identification, measurement and reporting of current and emerging risks and to also oversee the compliance function to ensure there are compliance arrangements regarding all relevant statutes, regulations and codes of practice. He chairs the Conduct Committee.

Roger Poolman (Deputy Chairman)

Roger was appointed to the Board in November 2009. He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 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 Assets and Liabilities Committee.

Paula Kathrens

Paula was appointed to the Board in July 2013. Paula is a partner with law firm Blake Morgan based in their Cardiff 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.

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 chairs the IT Committee and Assets and Liabilities Committee and is a member of the Audit 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 a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee and the Risk Committee.

Stephen Maddock

Stephen 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.

John Union

John was appointed to the Board in November 2017. He held several senior roles during a long career with Barclays including as Head of Swansea, Mid and West Wales Corporate Banking and as Head of Wales, Corporate Banking. He is Vice Chair of Cadwyn Housing Association and an Independent Member (Finance) at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.