The Co-operative Bank plc Directors

Non-Executive Directors

Robert Dench - Chairman

Independent: On appointment
Committee membership: Nomination (Chair), Audit, Values and Ethics

Robert Dench

Bob Dench has enjoyed a long career in banking, and was Chair of Paragon Banking Group PLC from 2007 until May 2018, having joined its Board in 2004. He chaired Paragon through the financial crisis and oversaw a reconfiguring of the business model as Paragon obtained its banking licence. Previously, he served on the boards of AXA UK and Ireland from 2004, as Senior Independent Director of AXA UK until December 2016 and Chair of AXA Ireland from 2007 to 2017. He was also Chair of AXA PPP Healthcare Limited from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, he spent 28 years at Barclays, in a number of senior executive roles across the group in the UK, US and Australia.

Glyn Smith - Non-Executive Director

Independent: Yes
Committee membership: Audit (Chair), Risk, Values and Ethics

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 is 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: Remuneration (Chair), Risk, Nomination

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 – Senior Independent Director

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

Derek Weir

Derek joined the Board in July 2014 and was appointed Chair of the Risk Committee on 26 January 2016. He was appointed as Senior Independent Director on 5 April 2018. 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, Values and Ethics, Remuneration, Nomination

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

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.

Andrew Bester – Chief Executive Officer Designate

Andrew Bester

Andrew joined the Board on 9 July 2018 and began the transition of responsibilities from current Chief Executive Officer, Liam Coleman, who has decided to step down.
Andrew is a banking leader with a track record in business turnaround and largescale transformation. A qualified chartered accountant, whose career began with three years at PwC and subsequently three years at Deloitte, Andrew joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2004, where he held senior leadership roles in wholesale banking in Africa and Asia. In 2008 he took on the role of Chief Financial Officer for Standard Chartered's Consumer Banking division, and in 2011 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Consumer Banking. In his most recent role as a Group Director and Chief Executive of the Commercial Banking division of Lloyds Banking Group he led the successful customer-focused turnaround and transformation of the commercial/wholesale banking business over five years from 2012.
Andrew also led on inclusion and diversity for Lloyds Banking Group and has multiple awards for his work including 'Advocate of the Year' at the 2017 Women in Finance Awards.

Tom Wood – Chief Financial Officer and 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. He subsequently became Chief Financial Officer on 22 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.