Our Board

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  • Phil Moorhouse – Chairman

    I have been the Society’s Chairman since our AGM in April 2013. I’m an experienced accountant by trade and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. I have held a number of senior Board positions including that of Managing Director (UK) of Northgate PLC, which I held for more than seven years. This followed six years as Finance Director. I bring 35 years’ industry expertise to the Newcastle’s Board and I’m also Chairman of Molins PLC.

  • Andrew Haigh – Chief Executive

    Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive in May 2015. He has a track record in transforming and developing businesses. With 30 years’ business experience and over 20 years in the mutual sector, he has held leadership roles as both an Executive and a Non Executive Director. As the former Chief Executive of Engage Mutual Assurance, he led the organisation for over 10 years, through a period of sustained growth and innovation. Andrew gained his strong customer focus through his early career in marketing and customer service roles with British Airways, Barclays and National & Provincial Building Society.

    An advocate of mutuality, he was previously Chairman of Mutuo, an independent organisation which promotes the development of new and existing mutuals to Government.


  • Ron McCormick – Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director

    Ron has established a successful career in the building society sector as an experienced accountant. He is both a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. He has previously worked as Group Finance Director then Group Commercial Director at Skipton Building Society, posts which he held for a total of 14 years. In addition, he has more than seven years experience with Guardian Royal Exchange, as well as seven with KPMG, both in theUKand abroad.

    Following three years on theNewcastle’s Board, in January 2011 he was appointed Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director. He is a member of the Society’s Audit and Group Risk Committees. He also works as a senior adviser to businesses within a range of sectors. He is Chairman of Grassington Hub Ltd and a Director of Threshfield Quarry Development Trust Limited.

  • Angela Russell – Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive

    I am an experienced Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant with 25 years’ experience in finance in the UK and abroad. I have worked in a variety of positions covering finance, risk, audit, project and corporate planning roles. In particular, I have many years’ experience in finance roles within the building society sector including my current role as Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive for the Newcastle, which I have held since 2010. I also held the post of Finance Director at the Universal Building Society. Prior to joining the building society sector I spent 12 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

  • Patrick Ferguson – Strategy, Planning and Risk Director

    Patrick is a new member to our Board having been appointed in February 2014. Before this he was the Society’s Group Risk Executive for almost four years. He has extensive experience in risk management, including conduct risk and regulatory compliance, in addition to financial reporting, planning, and budgeting. He has 15 years experience in the Building Society sector and has held the posts of Finance Director, General Manager, Finance and Head of Strategy and Planning. He qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • John Morris – Non-Executive Director

    John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountantsand brings to the Society a significant amount of experience of both the banking and building society sectors. He worked for several years as Director of Finance for the Retail Banking Division at HBOS. Prior to that, he held senior posts at Halifax (Halifax Building Society and then Halifax PLC) as General Manager and Leeds Permanent Building Society where he held the post of General Manager Finance. He also worked at KPMG where he started his accountancy career. He is a member of the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

  • Ian Ward – Non-Executive Director

    Ian has spent over forty years in financial services including being Chief Executive of Leeds Building Society for sixteen years until his retirement from that role in August 2011. Ian is a Senior Independent Director of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and a member of its Audit Committee. He also undertakes consultancy work for some other businesses. Ian was a director and vice-president of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of its Property Forum. Also, he was a member of the national council of the Building Societies Association and a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Leeds Training and Enterprise Council. He has been a Non Executive Director of Newcastle Building Society since July 2013 and is a member of the Group Risk Committee and Director of Newcastle Systems Management Limited (a subsidiary of the Society).

  • David Buffham – Non-Executive Director

    David has spent most of his career at the Bank of England. He held a wide variety of banking and other roles, including the post of Bank of England Agent for the North East. There he was responsible for reporting to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee on the region’s economy and explaining policy to key stakeholders in the North East. He brings this knowledge and experience to the fore as Chairman of Group Risk Committee and also as a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

    Additionally, he is a Director of a subsidiary of NBS; Newcastle Systems Management Limited. He is an experienced Non Executive Director and is a Director of Zytronic PLC, William Leech (Investments) Limited and The William Leech Foundation Limited.

  • Karen Ingham – Non-Executive Director

    Karen has an extensive customer services background within the consumer sector and is extremely people and customer focused. Her roles have included Head of Service and Customer Experience Director. She also spent 18 months as HR Director in the construction industry and started her career with 18 years in Financial Services at the Co-operative bank. Karen is a trustee of the Virgin Media Pension Scheme and also a member of the Chief Customer Officer Forum.


  • Richard Bottomley OBE – Non-Executive Director

    Richard joined the Board in 2014 as a Non Executive Director. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and in 2010 was awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List for services to the Accountancy Profession and Business in the North East. He was Managing Partner at KPMG for 12 years prior to his retirement in 2008 and is a past President of the North East Chamber of Commerce. In his professional career spanning over 30 years he gained experience in Corporate Finance, Strategic Planning and was the Lead Audit Partner on some of the regions largest companies. More recently, Richard is Chairman of Greggs PLC Retirement Benefits Scheme, TL Dallas Group, Skillsbridge and a director at Durham CCC.