Board of Directors
The board of the Saffron Building Society is made up of executive and non-executive directors. The role of the directors is to deal with the day-to-day running of the Society, while non-executive directors, who are from a range of different backgrounds, bring an outside perspective to the management of the Society and also represent the views of the membership.
Geoffrey Dunn has almost 40 years' experience in financial services, and IT.
Following an early career in banking he became Group Finance Director of the global financial broker, Exco International plc which was followed by a move to Brussels, initially as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of SWIFT and later as CFO of Global One.
He returned to the UK as Group FD of Xansa, the FTSE listed IT company before undertaking a number of major interim financial roles including: Finance Director of the Bank of England, Business Finance Director for Co-operative Financial Services and latterly Chief Financial Officer of Northern Rock plc during its reconstruction and split. Geoff was also a non-executive director (and deputy Chairman) of Citadele Banka sc (the Latvian equivalent to NR).
Geoffrey joined the Board in May 2011 and became Chairman in 2014.
Nick TrebleVice Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Nick has 30 years' experience in financial services, working primarily in the areas of treasury, capital markets, risk management, retail and commercial banking; most recently as CEO of Allied Irish Bank GB. He is a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Nick joined the Board in April 2014 as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed Vice Chairman in May 2016.
Colin FieldChief Executive Officer
Colin Field was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in September 2015.
He joined the Society in 2013 as Group Financial Controller, being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in May 2014.
Colin is a Chartered Accountant who prior to joining Saffron had held a number of senior management positions with Barclays, Caudwell Group and Willis Group.
Sarah HoweChief Customer Officer
Sarah has over 20 years' experience in a range of high profile marketing roles inside and outside financial services.
Her most recent role was as Marketing Director for over 50s insurance intermediary brands RIAS and Castle Cover, both part of the Ageas Group. In this role she developed a multi-brand strategy and marketing integration plan following Ageas' purchase of Castle Cover Limited.
Sarah also worked at Bupa for over 10 years during which time she was appointed to the role of Chief Marketing Officer for the UK Insurance Division.
Darren GarnerChief Financial Officer
Darren joined the Society as Chief Financial Officer in September 2015.
Darren qualified as an accountant over 20 years ago and has spent most of his career within the financial services industry, including senior finance roles with Abbey National Group, ING Direct and, more recently, as Group Finance Director for a midlands-based building society.
His most recent role was Group Finance Director at the Chartered Insurance Institute. Darren is also a Trustee of the Royal Surgical Aid Society.
Gary BarrNon-Executive Director
Gary is an IT leader with over 25 years' experience in industry, including retail, manufacturing, health and services. Most recently, Gary was Group IT Director for Dixons Group.
Gary joined the Board in April 2014 as a Non-Executive Director.
Neil HoldenNon-Executive Director
Neil is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years' experience in financial services. He has held a number of executive roles mainly in financial control and risk management.
Neil joined the Board in April 2014 as a Non-Executive Director and Chairs the Risk Audit Compliance and Conduct Committee. He supports the solid foundation of assurance, governance and risk management that the Society has built.
Neil became Senior Independent Director in March 2016.
Jenny AshmoreNon-Executive Director
Jenny Ashmore is a marketing and commercial leader, with a focus on the changes from digital and online channels. Her executive career spans consumer, media and oil/utilities, including management team roles at Procter & Gamble, Mars Inc, Yell Group and SSE plc. She is an NED for Commonwealth Games England.
Jenny joined the Board in May 2015 as a Non-Executive Director.
Liz KellyNon-Executive Director
Liz Kelly is a solicitor and has more than 19 years’ experience as a trusted adviser and strategic leader across financial services and other sectors. Her most recent role was General Counsel at Nationwide Building Society where she was responsible for the legal, compliance and secretariat functions.
Liz joined the Board in May 2015 as a Non-Executive Director.
Clive MooreChief Risk Officer
Clive joined the Executive Team in August 2015 as Chief Risk Officer, responsible for all risk entered into by Saffron.
He has in excess of 30 years risk experience having previously worked for employers including Barclays, RBS, Arbuthnot Latham and Banque Indiosuez both in the UK and abroad.
Antony BushIT Director
Antony joined the Executive Team in September 2015 as IT Director, responsible for IT at Saffron.
He joined Saffron in 2011 as the Chief Architect for the Technology Transformation programme and is a senior IT professional with over 18 years’ experience in industry, including education, commercial and financial sectors.
Anti Bribery Policy Statement
"As an organisation, Saffron Building Society Group is wholeheartedly committed to preventing bribery and corruption in all its forms. This commitment is evidenced at all levels of our business. It is the role of the Chief Executive to ensure that our zero-tolerance attitude to corruption is advertised and implemented both internally and externally. Whether you are a customer, an employee, a supplier or any other third party with whom we do business, we commend our anti-corruption policy to you and ask that you read and comply with it. Corruption cannot be allowed to taint our business: we are proud of our heritage and values, and our reputation which helps in maintaining our position as a market leader in Financial Services." Colin Field, Chief Executive Officer
View our Anti Bribery Policy Statement