Board of Directors

The Society is run by a Board of Directors, whose principal functions are to determine the group's strategy and policies, to establish guidelines and to review business performance and its management.

We also operate a number of sub-committees to look after specific issues.

Get to know our Directors below.

Jack Cullen


joined the board in 2015 and was appointed as Chairman in January 2018. He has held numerous senior managerial and executive roles throughout his 40 years working in financial services.

Alison Thain OBE

Vice Chairman

joined the Society as a non-executive director in October 2011. She worked in the affordable housing sector for over 30 years, retiring from the position of Group Chief Executive of Stockton based Thirteen Housing Group, the largest in the North East, in July 2016. Alongside other non-executive roles, she is Chairman of Darlington Homes Limited and the Remuneration Committee.

Colin Fyfe

Chief Executive

was appointed Chief Executive of Darlington Building Society in April 2014 after working in banking with the National Australia Banking Group. Colin is Board Trustee of County Durham Community Foundation, Board member of Darlington Cares and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee at South Tees Development Corporation.

Andrew Gosling

Non-Executive Director

became a non-executive director of the Society in 2011 following his retirement from Yorkshire Building Society where he was Finance Director. Andrew is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Christopher White

Finance Director

joined the Society in 2012 as General Manager - Finance before being appointed as Finance Director in February 2015. He is a member of Board Risk Committee, Executive Committee, Asset and Liability Committee, Operational Risk and Conduct Committee and the Credit Committee. Christopher is Chairman of the North East shadow Monetary Policy Committee.

Robert Cuffe

Non-Executive Director

was appointed a non-executive director of the Society in April 2013. A Teessider by birth, Robert is Regional Managing Director of Trinity Mirror North East, publishers of The Gazette in Middlesbrough, and the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun in Newcastle. He is Chairman of the Society’s Pension Trustees and a member of the Board Risk Committee.

Chris Hunter

Chief Risk Officer

joined the Society in September 2017 as Chief Risk Officer. He has over 20 years’ financial services experience, more recently at Lloyds Banking Group. Christopher is a member of Board Risk Committee, Executive Committee, Asset and Liability Committee and the Operational Risk and Conduct Committee. He is Chairman of the Society’s Pricing Committee.

Ian Wilson

Non-Executive Director

was appointed as a non-executive director of the Society in October 2017. Ian has over 37 years’ experience in financial services having held a number of executive roles within risk management with various banks before undertaking a portfolio career combining advisory and non-executive roles. Ian is Chairman of the Board Risk Committee.

Maxine Pott

Non-Executive Director

joined the Society as a non-executive director in January 2018. Maxine is also a director of one of the leading independent accountancy practices in the region. Maxine has been advising owner managed business both in the UK and Europe for over 25 years and has specific expertise in, Audit, Corporate Finance and Compliance. Maxine formerly held board level positions at the Newcastle Building Society and more recently the Port of Tyne. Maxine is a member of the Audit Committee.

Jon Sawyer

Non-Executive Director

Jon Sawyer is a Chartered Surveyor and Head of Custom Build Housing at responsible developer igloo. He has 20 years experience of advising on and delivering housing projects across the UK including market sale, custom build, market rent, student housing and later living. He will join the Board once regulator approvals are in place in Summer 2018.

UK Money Markets Code

In 2017 the Bank of England launched an initiative to encourage financial institutions to always act in a manner to promote the integrity and effective functioning of the deposit, repo and securities lending markets. Darlington Building Society has committed to act in line with the principles established in this Code. The Society’s signed copy of the code is available below.

Money Markets Code of Conduct

Matters Reserved for the Full Board

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