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Meet your Board

ames Ramsbitham smiling at camera in Cobalt office

James Ramsbotham CBE DL


James became Chair of Newcastle Building Society in August 2021. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce for 15 years, and Chairman of Darlington Building Society until December 2017.

Andrew Haigh smiling in Cobalt office.

Andrew Haigh

Chief Executive

With over 25 years’ experience in the mutual sector, Andrew has an extensive track record in transforming and developing businesses. He has held financial services leadership roles as both an Executive and a Non-Executive Director, reinforcing the Board’s depth of consumer understanding.

Stuart Miller smiling at camera in Colbalt office

Stuart Miller

Chief Customer Officer

Stuart became Chief Customer Officer in 2017 and has been a member of the Society’s Board since 2018. He’s a Director of Newcastle Financial Advisers Limited and sits on the Board of the national High Streets Task Force.

David Samper smiling in Cobalt office.

David Samper

Chief Financial Officer

David became a member of the Board in 2018, when he joined the Society as Chief Financial Officer. David has in-depth knowledge of the issues impacting the long-term commercial sustainability of the Society’s business model, balance sheet and profitability.

Bryce Glover smiling in Cobalt office.

Bryce Glover

Non-Executive Director

Bryce joined the Board in 2017. He is a highly experienced Director who has operated at Executive Committee and Board level in a number of leading UK financial services businesses.

Anne Shiels smiling in Cobalt office.

Anne Shiels

Non-Executive Director

Anne joined the Board in 2017. Her extensive UK and international Board-level experience working with both FTSE™ 100 and independently owned companies, in both regulated and non-regulated businesses, reinforces the Board’s broad range of skills and competencies.

Mick Thompson smiling at camera in Cobalt office

Mick Thompson

Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Director

Mick joined the Board in January 2019, and brings significant accountancy experience with a deep knowledge of audit to support the Society’s governance and audit function. His diverse skillset and broad range of perspectives derive from vast sector experience that has seen him work in industries including housebuilding, social housing, education, engineering, charities, and financial services.

Adam Bennett smiling in Cobalt office.

Adam Bennett

Non-Executive Director

Adam joined the Board in April 2019. He is the Senior Independent Director and a member of the Society’s Group Risk Committee, the Audit Committee and the Group Technology Governance Committee, upholding the Society’s commitments to financial control, integrity and regulation.

Stuart Lynn smiling at camera in Colbalt office

Stuart Lynn

Non-Executive Director

Stuart joined the Group Board in April 2020, having initially joined the Society as a Non-Executive Director of the Newcastle Strategic Solutions business in 2018. As a prominent technology business leader Stuart has a wealth of experience drawn from an extensive career in the technology sector, not least with software giant Sage.

Michele Faull smiling at camera in Cobalt office

Michele Faull

Non-Executive Director

Michele joined the Board in August 2021, with 15 years working at the most senior levels in finance and risk at two of the largest mutuals. Her time as Chief Financial Officer and Group Risk Director positions her well to deliver significant building society knowledge and a wealth of valuable experience to the Society.

Newcastle Building Society's non-executive director, Rory Campbell, stood on a balcony inside their Cobalt head office, smiling at the camera.

Rory Campbell

Non-Executive Director

Rory joined the Board as non-executive director in June 2023. He brings to the Board his extensive experience as a senior executive, Board member and advisor to leaders and organisations in a range of industries including financial services, retail, technology, professional services, education and the third sector.

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