Dennis Holt – Chairman
Independent: On appointment
Committee membership: Nomination (Chair), Remuneration and Values & Ethics
Dennis joined the Board in February 2014 as Senior Independent Director. He was appointed as Chairman on 27 October 2014. Dennis’ experience in banking and insurance spans 45 years and includes a period as Main Board Executive Director at Lloyds TSB responsible for the Retail Bank. He has held several Non-Executive posts including Deputy Chairman of Bank of Ireland plc, Chairman of Bank of Ireland UK and Chairman of Liverpool Victoria. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Beazley plc and its subsidiary Beazley Furlonge Limited.
Aidan Birkett – Senior Independent Director
Committee Membership: Audit, Nomination, Remuneration
Aidan built his career within the professional services sector over more than 30 years with PwC and Deloitte. He was head of Deloitte's Corporate Finance business and a member of the firm's executive committee.
He has led a number of high profile strategic and commercial reviews of businesses in varying turnaround situations, in the UK and overseas. This has provided him with significant experience in the wholesale finance sector and an understanding of the retail customer segment across a number of non-financial sectors. Aidan has served as a consultant, director and advisor in various capacities and has held various Non-Executive Director roles. He is currently a Non-Executive Director with the Dubai Group.
John Richard Coates – Non-Executive Director
Committee membership: Audit (Chairman), Risk
Richard joined the Board in January 2013. Richard was appointed as Interim Senior Independent Director in October 2014 and stepped down from the role in September 2015. He has over 25 years of experience in the retail financial services sector. Richard was a senior partner at KPMG from 1985 to 2003 in its retail financial services practice. He joined Northern Rock plc as a Non-Executive Director in August 2008 and chaired its Audit Committee from January 2010 until its acquisition by Virgin Money in January 2012. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Police Mutual Assurance Society and serves as their Audit Committee Chairman.
William Gennydd Thomas – Non-Executive Director
Committee membership: Risk, Audit and Value & Ethics
Bill joined the Board in October 2013. He is a former Senior Vice President of Hewlett Packard and was on the Executive Committee of EDS plc as Executive Vice President. He has IT expertise and is an experienced leader and general manager with a track record in leading major change in large organisations. He has extensive commercial and operational experience, working domestically and internationally with both public and private sector organisations. Bill is a member of the Council, and President of the Alumni Association at Cranfield University School of Management and is on the management and Board of Leeds University Business School. Bill serves as the Chair of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Additionally, he is a Director on the Advisory Board of Fire Eye Inc, a Non-Executive Director of LogicNow Holding S.a.r.l (formerly GFI SA) and a partner in Hopton Estates.
Laura Carstensen – Non-Executive Director
Committee membership: Values & Ethics (Chair), Remuneration, Risk
Laura was appointed to the Board in May 2014. Laura is a former partner at the City law firm, Slaughter and May. Laura is a former Member and Deputy Chair of The Competition Commission (now The Competition and Markets Authority). She is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Park Group PLC, will become Chair of Park Group PLC on 3 June 2016 and is a Commissioner for the Equality & Human Rights Commission.
Maureen Laurie – Non-Executive Director
Committee membership: Remuneration (Chair), Nomination, Value & Ethics
Maureen joined the Board in June 2014. She brings over 30 years of experience in senior human resources (HR) roles spanning global HR strategy, policy and transformation in the financial and public sectors, including the British Council, NYSE EURONEXT, LIFFE, Barclays, Standard Chartered Bank, EBRD and Reuters. Maureen holds professional qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was appointed a Fellow of the CIPD in 1992. She is also a Pensions Management Institute qualified Trustee. From 2010 until 2015 Maureen was a Non-Executive Director, Independent Governor and Trustee of London Metropolitan University and is currently a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Reuters Pension Fund.
Derek Weir – Non-Executive Director
Committee membership: Risk (Chair), Audit
Derek joined the Board in July 2014 and was appointed Chair of the Risk Committee on 26 January 2016. He has over 25 years of financial services experience, holding a range of senior positions in corporate and commercial banking. During this time he held posts, both in the UK and internationally, at Barclays Bank plc and Royal Bank of Scotland plc, including being the Managing Director responsible for Commercial Banking in the UK for Royal Bank of Scotland plc. Derek is currently a Non-Executive Director of Motherwell Football and Athletic Club Limited, Motherwell Football Club Community Trust and a Director of Kerrach Limited. Derek is also Non-Executive Director of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Consultancy Limited and Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Limited.
Charles Bralver – Non-Executive Director
Committee membership: Risk
Charles joined the Board in April 2015. Charles was a founding partner of Oliver Wyman & Company where, from 1984 through to 2007, he held several positions, including Vice Chairman, Head of Europe, Head of North America, and Head of the Global Capital Markets Practice. He has over 30 years’ financial services experience, including two years as a Strategic Advisor on Financial Services at Warburg Pincus LLC. He is the former Senior Associate Dean for International Business and Finance at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, USA. He is currently a member of Oliver Wyman's Senior Advisory Board and a Non-Executive Director of Canaccord Genuity Group and NewStar Financial and a Member of the Investment Committee at Ultra Capital Partners. He also acts as a Senior Advisor on Financial Services to Silverpoint Capital, and is a member of Chatham House, London.
Alistair Asher – Non Executive Director
Committee membership: Values & Ethics
Alistair joined the Board in September 2016. Alistair is a Solicitor and was appointed as General Counsel of the Co-operative Group in July 2013. Prior to this Alistair was a Partner at Allen & Overy LLP and was Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group. Alistair is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Co-operative Legal Services Limited and Non-Executive Director of its subsidiary The Co-operative Trust Corporation Ltd. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the CIS General Insurance Ltd; the Federal Retail & Trading Services Ltd; and NOMA GP Ltd.
Niall Booker – Chief Executive Officer
Niall joined the Board in June 2013. He has held a variety of senior roles at HSBC in a career of more than 30 years spanning retail and corporate banking. Most recently, he was Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. In this role he had responsibility for working through the issues in HSBC Finance Corporation, where he was Chief Executive Officer, including working closely with the regulators of HSBC North America Holdings. Niall has been a member of the committee of the Council of Glenalmond College since 2012 and its Chairman since 2013.
John Baines – Chief Financial Officer
Committee membership: Values & Ethics
John joined the Board in October 2014. John joined The Co-operative Bank in April 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and has over 25 years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining The Co-operative Bank, he was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Aldermore Bank plc, having spent the previous eight years at RBS, where he was initially Chief Financial Officer of the wealth management division, being appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the division in 2006. John is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held a number of senior roles in investment banks.
Liam Coleman - Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Committee membership: Values & Ethics
Liam was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 3 May 2016. Liam joined The Co-operative Bank Plc in June 2013 as the Treasurer to the Bank and became Director, Retail & Commercial Bank on 1 September 2014. Liam is employed by the Bank under the terms of a service agreement. Liam has 25 years’ experience in the industry and prior to joining the Bank Liam was Deputy Group Treasurer and Group Head of Capital Management at RBS from February 2011 to June 2013 and he worked at Nationwide Building Society from 1996 to 2011, ultimately as Group Director, Treasury where he had responsibility for all of the treasury activities of the society. Earlier in his career, Liam worked at NatWest in corporate banking and at Hambros and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in corporate and structured finance. Liam is currently a Non-Executive Director of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.