The Board

Graeme Hughes

Chair

Graeme joined the Board of the Bank in 2019 as Senior Independent Director and as Non-Executive Director of Hodge Life Assurance Company. In April 2020, Graeme was appointed as Chair of Hodge and Hodge Life Assurance Company.

Graeme has spent most of his career with Nationwide Building Society, most recently becoming Group Distribution Director since 2013 responsible for all sales and service activities across 720 branches and 10,000 staff. Earlier roles have seen him leading Group strategy and planning, as well as human resources and external affairs.


John Barbour

Chair of the Audit Committee

John joined the Board of the Bank in March 2017 and is also a Non-Executive Director of Hodge Life Assurance Company.

John was previously Managing Director, Treasury at ICBC Standard Bank, the London-based financial markets and commodities bank owned by China-based ICBC and South African-based Standard Bank. He has spent his entire career in treasury and financial markets-related roles, having previously worked at Investec and Bank of New York.


Aileen Wallace

Non-Executive Director

Aileen joined the Board in of Hodge Bank in April 2020.

Aileen is an experience executive turned Non-Executive Director and Fintech Advisor with more than 30 years experience in financial services and digital services roles at Virgin Money (formally CYBG plc), Co-Operative Bank, Cognizant.

A Chartered Banker, qualified in Digital Strategy from Insead, her expertise is in business transformation, technology and customer innovation and corporate governance in highly regulated environments.

Aileen is currently Chair of the Board Innovation & Change Committee, INED & Chair of the Risk Committee at Target Group and an Advisor to Nude Finance, a UK Fintech in the home buying market.


Helen Molyneux

Chair Of The Remuneration Committee

Helen joined the Board of Hodge Bank in June 2015. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Hodge Life Assurance Company and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Until November 2016, Helen was Chief Executive Officer of NewLaw Legal, a business she established from scratch, which now employs over 400 people.  She is now a Non-Executive Director of the EUI board of the Admiral Insurance Group.

In 2011 Helen was named Welsh Woman of the Year and in 2013 the Law Society’s Business Woman of the Year. She was a member of the Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales and currently chairs the Institute of Welsh Affairs. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of South Wales in recognition of her services to the legal profession.

 

 


Iain Laing

Chair of the Risk and Conduct Committee

Iain joined the Board in July 2020 and is the Chair of the Board Risk Committee.  He is also Chief Risk Officer of Monzo Bank.

Prior to joining Monzo Bank, Iain had been Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Committees of heylo, TSB Bank and Nationwide Building Society, and was Chief Credit Officer of Santander UK Retail throughout the 2007 to 2010 financial crisis.


David Gulland

Chair of Risk and Conduct Committee, Hodge Life Assurance Company

David joined the Board of Hodge Limited in 2019 as a Non-Executive Director and is also Chair of the Risk and Conduct Committee for Hodge Life Assurance Company.

He brings insurance expertise from working with businesses across the UK financial services sector with a particular focus on the strategic implications of regulatory change.

With early-career experience at Deloitte, David went on to become Chief Executive of the Marine & General Mutual Life Assurance Society, having previously been Chief Risk Officer of MGM Advantage Life Ltd and, before that, Managing Director of RGA Re’s UK and Ireland business.

David currently sits on the Independent Governance Committee of Royal London, on the Compliance Committee of the Funeral Planning Authority, and chairs the Audit & Risk Committee at PG Mutual and the With Profits Committee at Scottish Friendly.


David Landen

Chief Executive Officer

David was appointed as interim Chief Executive Officer in March 2020 and following exemplar leadership during turbulent time brought about by the impact of Covid-19, David was appointed as permanent Chief Executive Officer in September 2020.

David joined the Bank in 2002 and has held a variety of finance and treasury roles during his time with the organisation. He was appointed to the Board as Chief Finance Officer in 2011. An accountancy graduate from Cardiff University, he is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.


Matt Burton

Retail Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Matt Burton joined the Board of the Bank in March 2020 when appointed interim Chief Finance Officer and was appointed as Retail Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer in September 2020.

He joined Hodge in 2015 as Group Head of Finance and became Managing Director of Mortgages in March 2019.

Matt has a 14-year career in finance – having held roles at Vodafone, Future plc and Zodiac Aerospace.


Deian Jones

Managing Director, Hodge Life Assurance Company

Deian was appointed to the Hodge Life Assurance Company Board in 2010 and made its Managing Director in 2011.

In his time with the group, he has held a variety of strategic, risk and project roles. He is a chartered accountant, and spent eight years in KPMG’s financial services audit practice, specialising in the retail financial services and life assurance sectors.


Sam Gunter

Chief Actuary, Hodge Life Assurance Company

Sam was appointed to the Board of Hodge Life Assurance Company in September 2019. Sam joined the Company in 2012 to lead the creation of the actuarial function and was made chief actuary in 2016. He has previously held actuarial roles at PwC and Bupa. He is a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and holds the Chief Actuary (Life) practicing certificate.

 


Kirsty Williams

Company Secretary

Kirsty joined Hodge in October 2013 and has been part of the company secretarial team since March 2015, being appointed Company Secretary in September 2018.

A law graduate from University of South Wales, Kirsty is also an affiliated member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


Why Hodge

Doing the right thing is what we aim to do in all areas of our business – it guides our decisions.

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Protecting your money

Your eligible deposits with Hodge Bank are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.