My two direct reports are both Risk experts, to find out more about each of them read on.
Having built up a wealth of experience in the financial sector, David Bews was attracted to Darlington Building Society by the mutual culture and level of ambition in the business.
Father-of-two David joined as Chief Risk Officer at what could hardly have been a more challenging time, taking over in December 2020, in the middle of the pandemic.
“It was an interesting challenge to become integrated into the senior management team, as well as get to know my own team while working remotely, but I knew it was a great opportunity,” he says.
David was born in Northumberland, the son of a nurse and a carpenter, and he studied financial services at Northumbria University. His first job was working in the internal audit function at Northern Rock, an invaluable learning ground and where he qualified as an accountant. He then moved into the treasury function, where he covered a range of roles in the areas of treasury and balance sheet management, pre and post the take-over by Virgin Money in 2012.
After a period as Wholesale Funding Manager, David moved into the mutual sector by joining Leeds Building Society in 2014, working as Head of Prudential and Enterprise Risk.
Then came the move to Darlington Building Society and his current role, leading a team of risk professionals in providing independent advice and support to the business.
“Strong risk management is an integral part of running any successful business, making sure it is resilient, and protecting members’ interests in line with the regulations,” he says.
“Darlington Building Society has a collaborative culture married with the right level of ambition for its customers and colleagues that is really attractive.”
David also acts as Company Secretary and Money Laundering Reporting Officer.