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


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

Andrew Craddock

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew joined the Society in December 2018. He has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and joined directly from Buckinghamshire Building Society, where he was Chief Executive for 4 years. Prior to that he spent time with both Allied Irish Bank and Barclays Bank. Andrew is a member of the Board Risk Committee and Nominations Committee, and attends the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee. He chairs the Executive Committee and is an ex-officio member of all other Executive level committees.

Robert Cuffe MBE


Robert was appointed a non-executive director of the Society in April 2013 and Vice-Chair in October 2018. A Teessider by birth, Robert spent over 30 years in local media, latterly as 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 Remuneration Committee and a member of Board Risk Committee and Nominations Committee. Robert was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to business and economic development on Teesside.

Andrew Gosling

Non-Executive Director

Andrew 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

Christopher 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.

Chris Hunter

Chief Risk Officer

Christopher 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

Ian 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.

Jon Sawyer

Non-Executive Director

Jon joined the Society as a non-executive director in March 2018. A Chartered Surveyor, he is Director of Housing and Residential Growth at Manchester City Council. He was previously 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.

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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