I work with two direct reports, each of whom is an expert in their own profession. To read a bit more about each of them, check out below.
Darlington Building Society has a proud history dating back to 1856 and Chris Hunter’s job is to make sure it is equipped for a sustainable future.
Chris grew up in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, where his father was an engineer, making industrial washing machines.
After studying for a degree in economics and sociology at Leeds, Chris joined the graduate scheme with the Royal Bank of Scotland, gaining invaluable experience of working on the frontline as a cashier and selling products.
However, he switched to Yorkshire Building Society because he felt more comfortable in the mutual sector. “It was a culture that fitted me better because you are working for the benefit of members and the wider community,” he explains.
When his two sons arrived, and the financial demands of family life grew, Chris joined the Halifax Bank of Scotland for a while but returned to the mutual world when Darlington Building Society made him an offer he couldn’t resist.
He was headhunted to become Chief Risk Officer in 2017 but was elevated to Chief Operating Officer in 2019, before becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2022.
His role is focused on making sure the Society continues to function for members by providing efficient systems and an investment programme that meets the day-to-day needs of the business and ensures its long-term sustainability.
Chris, who also has a degree in financial services from the University of Manchester Science and Technology, has been tasked with leading a “change agenda” aimed at preparing the Society for a more digitally focused future, while also continuing to invest in the branch network and maintaining a reputation for friendly, personal service.
“What I love about working for Darlington Building Society is that it is always looking to improve how it looks after members’ interests, while also caring about being a model employer, and supporting the community,” Chris Hunter, Deputy Chief Executive.