The Board

Graeme Hughes


Graeme joined the Board of the Bank in 2019 as Senior Independent Director. He is also a non-executive director of Hodge Life Assurance Company.

Graeme has spent the vast majority of his career with the 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

Non-Executive Director

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 is an experienced executive turned advisor and Non Executive Director with more than 30 years experience in senior financial services and digital services roles at Virgin Money (formerly CYBG Plc), Co-operative Bank, Cognizant and pre-seed Fintech.  A Chartered Banker, her expertise is in business transformation, technology and customer innovation and corporate governance in highly regulated environments. As a non Executive Director of Hodge Bank, Aileen is currently Chair of the Innovation & Change Committee and a Non Executive Director at Target Group.

Alun Bowen

Non-executive director

Alun joined the Board of the Bank in 2013, and is the Chairman of the Risk and Conduct Committee. He is also a non-executive director of Hodge Life Assurance Company.

Alun enjoyed a 36 year career at KPMG. He became the Managing Partner of KPMG in Kazakhstan in 2008 and before that was the firm’s Senior Partner in Wales, specialising in the banking, insurance and retail financial services sectors. Between 2001 and 2005, he also headed KPMG’s practice advising global companies on sustainability.

Alun is Chair of the Audit Committees of PAO Severstal and Transport for Wales and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Alun has been chairman of Business in the Community in Wales, a member of the Council of the Prince’s Trust Cymru and the BT Wales Advisory Board.

Helen Molyneux

Non-executive director

Helen joined the board of Hodge Bank in June 2015. She is also a non-executive director of Hodge Life Assurance Company and Hodge Limited and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Until November 2016, Helen was chief executive of NewLaw Legal, a business she established from scratch, which employed over 400 people. She is now a non- executive director of the EUI Ltd board of the Admiral Insurance Group.  She is a trustee of the Jane Hodge Foundation, Christ College Brecon and the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

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.  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

Non-Executive Director

Iain joined the Board in July 2020, and is the Chair of the Board Risk Committee.  He is also Chief Risk Officer of heylo housing, an affordable housing provider.

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

David Gulland

Non-Executive Director (Chair of Risk & Conduct Committee)

David joined the board of the Life business in May 2019 and brings with him a wealth of experience from his many years in actuarial roles. He spent 26 years with Bacon & Woodrow and Deloitte, ending his time there as an associate partner.

David is actively involved in financial service policy matters, across the protection, with-profits savings and retirement sectors, both as an individual and through relevant organisations.

He is also chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for PG Mutual, Compliance Committee member for the Funeral Planning Authority, and an independent member of Royal London Group’s Independent Governance Committee.

David Landen


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

Group Retail Director and Deputy CEO

Matt joined Hodge in 2015 as group head of finance, he has been managing director of mortgages since March 2019. He will step into David Landen’s role as chief finance officer until a permanent CEO is appointed.

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

Deian Jones

Managing Director

Deian was appointed to Hodge Life’s 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

Sam was appointed to the Board 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.