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The Co-operative Bank plc Directors

Non-Executive Directors

Dennis Holt – Chairman

Independent: On appointment

Committee membership: Nomination (Chair), Remuneration

Dennis Holt

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

Independent: Yes
Committee Membership: Audit, Nomination, Remuneration

Aidan Birkett Non-Executive Director

Aidan joined the board in July 2015. He 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.

Glyn Smith - Non-Executive Director

Independent: Yes
Committee membership: Audit (Chairman), Risk

Glyn joined the Board on 10 October 2016, becoming Chairman of the Audit Committee on 26 October  2016. He has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services sector, most notably in a number of senior executive roles in Barclays Bank and as Group Finance Director of the Portman Building Society. Since 2003, he has held numerous non-executive directorships and chaired the audit committees of organisations across both the public and private sectors. These have included Coventry Building Society, Domestic & General Group and Stroud & Swindon Building Society in the financial services sector. Glyn is a graduate of Cambridge University and a Chartered Accountant.  He was a former member of the examinations team of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is currently also a non-executive director and chairman of the audit and risk committees of FCO Services and The Reclaim Fund Ltd.

William Gennydd Thomas – Non-Executive Director

Independent: Yes
Committee membership: Risk, Audit and Value & Ethics

William Thomas

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 and Non-Executive Chair of Spirent Communications plc. Additionally, he is a Director on the Advisory Board of Fire Eye Inc and a partner in Hopton Estates.

Laura Carstensen – Non-Executive Director

Independent: Yes
Committee membership: Values & Ethics (Chair), Remuneration, Risk

Laura Castensen

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) and a former Commissioner of the Equality & Human Rights Commission. She is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Park Group PLC. She is an advisory group member of Vote 100, patron and member of the development committee for Manchester International Festival and a Non-Executive Director of NHS Improvement.

Derek Weir – Non-Executive Director

Independent: Yes
Committee membership: Risk (Chair), Audit

Derek Weir

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 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

Independent: No
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, is an advisor on Fintech to MassInsight and is a member of Chatham House, London.

Executive Directors

Liam Coleman - Chief Executive Officer

Committee membership: Values & Ethics

Liam Coleman

Liam was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 3 May 2016 having joined The Co-operative Bank plc in June 2013 as the Treasurer and subsequently Director of the Retail & Commercial Bank on 1 September 2014. 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 a former Non-Executive Director of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. On 1 January 2017, Liam became Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, replacing Niall Booker.

John Worth – Chief Financial Officer

John Worth

John joined the Bank on 1 September 2016 and became Chief Financial Officer on 11 October 2016.  He has over 30 years' experience in the financial services industry and most recently worked as the Chief Financial Officer of two publicly listed insurers, Hiscox and Aspen Insurance Holdings.  Prior to that, he was Group Financial Controller at Barclays and has also held senior roles at Ernst & Young LLP, Prudential and Price Waterhouse.  Since 2002, John has worked extensively in a fundraising and a finance-advisory capacity for the NSPCC. He is a Trustee Director and Honorary Treasurer of the NSPCC and a member of the NSPCC Great British Chefs Dinner Committee.

Tom Wood – Chief Restructuring Officer

picture of Tom Wood

Tom joined the Bank as Chief Restructuring Officer in July 2017 and became a member of the Board on 1 September 2017. Former CEO & CFO of Shawbrook Group plc, where Tom played an integral role leading the business through its successful IPO and entry into the FTSE 250.  Prior to Shawbrook Group, Tom was CFO for NBNK investment plc and Group CFO of Skipton Group.  He began his career in Financial Services with Barclays plc, where he held a number of senior roles in Corporate Development, Finance and Risk.  He was subsequently Group CFO of Derbyshire Building Society where he played a key role in its merger with Nationwide Building Society and played a leading role in the restructure of Northern Rock in 2009.