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 Society as non-executive director in January 2015. Jack became the DBS chairman on 1st January 2018.

Alison Thain OBE

Vice Chairman

joined the Society as a non-executive director in October 2011. She has worked in affordable housing for over 30 years and is Group Chief Executive of Stockton-based Thirteen Group the largest housing association in the North East. She is Chairman of Darlington Homes Ltd and the Remuneration committee.

Colin Fyfe

Chief Executive

was appointed Chief Executive of the Society in April 2014 having worked in a senior capacity for Clydesdale Bank, Yorkshire Bank and National Australia Group. Colin chairs ALCO and Credit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

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. A chartered accountant as a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is a member of ALCO, Credit & Operational Risk Committees as well as being a Pension Trustee.

Robert Cuffe

Non-Executive Director

was appointed a non-executive director of the Society in April 2013. He is Chairman of the Society’s Pension Trustees and is a member of the Board Risk Committee.

Chris Hunter

Chief Risk Officer

was appointed to the Board on joining the Society in 2017 as Chief Risk & Compliance Officer. Chris previously held a senior role in the Group Corporate Treasury of Lloyds Banking Group and is member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in England and Wales. He is a member of ALCO, Credit & Operational Risk Committees.

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

Click the button below to download the Matters Reserved for the Full Board summary:

Matters Reserved download



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