Speaker Group: Day 4 - 7th May

William Carroll

Will joined the Society in 2004 and was appointed to the Board in 2009 as Finance Director. In 2017 he became Chief Executive Officer. Will is accountable to the Board and responsible for leading the development and execution of the Society’s long-term strategy in the interest of members. Will is responsible for all day-to-day management decisions and for implementing the…
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Luca Bertalot

Luca leads the EMF-ECBC, representing EU mortgage lenders and the global covered bond community vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and stakeholders in general on the retail and funding side of the mortgage business.

Rain Newton-Smith

Rain Newton-Smith is the Chief Economist at the CBI. She and her team provide business leaders with advice on the UK economic outlook and global risks. Previously, Rain was head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics where she managed a large team of economists and was the lead expert on China. Prior to that, Rain worked on the international forecast…
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Sandra Wallace

Sandra Wallace is a member of the Executive board and acts as joint Managing Director, UK & Europe for the global business law firm, DLA Piper. She also sits on the firm’s D&I Council. Prior to her Executive role she has served as UK Employment Group Head and UK Managing Partner. She remains an active employment law Partner. Sandra was…
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Jane Hanson

Jane joined Nationwide Building Society in January 2018 and in September 2019 was appointed as Chief People Officer, leading the people, culture and inclusion experience for all colleagues. Prior to Nationwide, Jane was Chief People Officer for Yorkshire Building Society with responsibility for people experience along with internal and external communications. Jane also spent 13 years at HSBC Group, where…
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Jonathan Westhoff

Jonathan Westhoff joined the West Bromwich Building Society, known as the West Brom, in May 2009 and was appointed Chief Executive in May 2011. He was formerly the Society’s Group Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive. After 17 years with Barclays Bank, he moved into the mutual sector in 2000, serving as Finance Director at Portman and Newcastle building societies….
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Arun Batra OBE

Arun is a Partner at EY and also the CEO and founder of the National and Global Equality Standards. He has over 25 years of senior D&I experience. He is very much seen as a leading voice on diversity in business across the UK, is EYs Partner sponsor for the Parker Review, Sir John Parkers review into ethnic diversity of…
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Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE

Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas is CEO of the Green Finance Institute, backed by the UK Government and City of London Corporation. Rhian spent 20 years in investment and corporate banking and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to green banking. She is an Emeritus Member of the TCFD, currently co-chair of the Informal Working Group for the Taskforce on…
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Mark Bogard

Deputy Chair of the BSA, Mark has worked in financial services for a mutual, a partnership, a family controlled bank, a big listed bank and a small listed financial services company. Each has its own culture!

Colin Fyfe

Colin joined Hinckley and Rugby Building Society in November 2018 after leading the Darlington Building Society since 2014. Prior to that Colin worked for 29 years in banking with Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. He worked in commercial and corporate banking, risk management and marketing and held the position of Divisional Director in his last role. Colin supports a number of…
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