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As Chief Executive, Andrew Craddock has successfully led Darlington Building Society through one of the most challenging periods in its 165-year history.
Under his leadership, the Society has come through the Covid-19 pandemic in robust shape and been named Building Society of the Year in the Money Age Mortgage Awards 2021.
Andrew, who comes from a banking family, lived in Northwood, Middlesex, until moving to the Buckinghamshire village of Chalfont St Giles when he was 14.
The foundations for his distinguished career in financial services were laid when he was working for the students’ union while studying physical education at university in Leeds. His role involved running three bars and four shops, doing deals with breweries and catering companies, and using the proceeds to hire bands.
He put that financial experience to good use by getting a job with Barclays, spending the first 15 years building up experience in the branch network around London, before moving into a project management role in the head office.
From there, he joined a select group strategy planning team, working directly for the chief executive, and that led to him being head-hunted by Allied Irish. He ended up as UK Chief Operating Officer for Ireland’s biggest bank before moving into the mutual sector when he became Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Building Society.
Four years later, he was head-hunted again, this time to be Chief Executive at Darlington Building Society and he has no regrets about moving north.
“I’m very lucky to lead an organisation that’s so embedded in the local community, with a fantastic staff that’s passionate about looking after members’ interests and making a difference.” Andrew Craddock, Chief Executive