Board of directors

The board is responsible for the group’s strategy and for overseeing the group’s performance. The board’s focus is on: strategy; development; growing shareholder value; oversight and control; and corporate governance.


    • All commitees
    • Executive committee
    • Group executive committee
    • Remuneration committee
    • Audit committee
    • Nomination committee
    • Risk Advisory committee

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Manjit Wolstenholme

Independent non-executive chairman

Manjit Wolstenholme

Appointed to the board in 2007

Committee membership
Risk advisory committee

Chairman
Nomination committee

Key strengths:

  • Extensive experience of corporate finance matters, having spent 13 years in investment banking.

Previous board and management experience:
Co-head of investment banking at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, partner at Gleacher Shacklock and non‑executive director of Aviva Investors Holdings Limited.

Current external appointments:
Non-executive director of Future plc, the Unite Group plc, CALA Group (Holdings) Limited and CMC Markets plc.

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Peter Crook

Chief executive

Peter Crook

Appointed to the board in 2006

Committee membership
Executive committee
Group executive committee

Chairman
Executive committee
Group executive committee

Key achievements:

  • Overseeing the succession planning at Moneybarn, specifically the appointment of Peter Minter as executive chairman and the appointment of Shamus Hodgson as managing director in his place.
  • Enhancing the local profile of the group by becoming Interim Chair of Producer City Board and arranging for the group to be one of the key sponsors of the Bradford Literature Festival.
  • Assisting the Vanquis Bank managing director with the reconstitution of the Vanquis Bank executive committee.

Previous board and management experience:
UK managing director, Barclaycard.

Current external appointments: 
Non-executive director of Cabot (Group Holdings) Limited.

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Andrew Fisher

Finance director

Andrew Fisher

Appointed to the board in 2006

Committee membership
Executive committee
Group executive committee

Key achievements:

  • Renegotiating and refinancing the group’s core bank facility resulting in an increased facility of £450m, an uplift of £67.5m, with a maturity date of May 2020.
  • Assisting and advising the nomination committee on the recruitment of a new non-executive director to assume the role of audit committee chair in 2017.
  • Overseeing the submission of the group and Vanquis Bank ICAAP to the PRA.
  • Ensuring the audit partner rotation was effectively implemented.
  • Realigning the role and responsibilities of the risk advisory group and the risk advisory committee which inter alia included transferring the review and reporting of conduct risk across the group from the risk advisory committee to the risk advisory group.

Previous board and management experience:
Finance director of Premier Farnell plc and partner at Price Waterhouse LLP.

Current external appointments:
Non-executive director of Arrow Global Group plc.

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Malcolm Le May

Independent non-executive director and Senior Independent Director

Malcolm Le May

Appointed to the board in 2014

Committee membership
Audit committee
Nomination committee
Risk advisory committee

Chairman
Remuneration committee

Key achievements:

  • Over 30 years’ experience in banking, asset management and insurance.

Previous board and management experience:
Co-head of banking for Barclays in New York; head of investment banking, Europe at UBS, global head of corporate and investment banking at ING Barings, deputy CEO at Morley Fund Management (now Aviva Investors), president of JER Europe, senior independent director of Pendragon plc and non-executive director of RSA Insurance Group plc.

Current external appointments:
Senior independent director of IG Group Holdings plc, non-executive director of Hastings Group Holdings plc, governor of Twyford School, senior advisor to Heidrick & Struggles, trustee of the Grange Festival and partner at Opus Corporate Finance and Juno Capital LLP.

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Alison Halsey

Independent non-executive director

Alison Halsey

Appointed to the board in 2014

Committee membership
Remuneration committee
Nomination committee
Risk advisory committee

Chairman
Audit committee

Key achievements:

  • 34 years with KPMG specialising in financial services with audit and advisory responsibilities for UK and international banks.

Previous board and management experience:
Partner at KPMG. Advised a number of UK charities and was a board member of the National Autistic Society for five years.

Current external appointments:
Non-executive director of Cambian Group plc, Aon UK Limited, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited.

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Rob Anderson

Independent non-executive director

Rob Anderson

Appointed to the board in 2009

Committee membership
Remuneration committee
Audit committee
Nomination committee
Risk advisory committee

Key achievements:

  • Extensive retail experience and knowledge of the type of consumer served by the group.
  • Operational business experience which is relevant to the group’s businesses.

Previous board and management experience:
Director of childrenswear business unit of Marks & Spencer and chief executive of Signet Jewelers Limited’s UK Division.

Current external appointments:
None.

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John Straw

Independent non-executive director

John Straw

Appointed to the board in 2017

Key achievements:

  • Experienced digital entrepreneur who has led and advised on critical digital transformations across a number of sectors.

Previous board and management experience:
Founder and chief executive officer of NetRank Ltd. Head of the digital advisory board of Premier Farnell plc, various digital transformation positions at Internet Marketing Ltd and chairman of the digital advisory board of Thomas Cook Group plc.

Current external appointments:
Senior advisor, digital transformation, at Mckinsey & Co, senior advisor at IBM, non-executive director of CTRLio Ltd and advisor to Bought By Many Ltd.

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Stuart Sinclair

Independent non-executive director

Stuart Sinclair

Appointed to the board in 2012

Committee membership
Remuneration committee
Audit committee
Nomination committee

Chairman
Risk advisory committee

Key achievements:

  • Extensive experience in financial services in the UK and overseas.
  • 10 years in US-based management consulting, 14 years as CEO or equivalent in retail banking organisations and seven years on financial services boards.

Previous board and management experience:
Chairman of GE Capital China and GE Capital Bank (UK), chief executive officer of Tesco Personal Finance, director of Virgin Direct, director of Retail Banking at The Royal Bank of Scotland, non-executive director at Liverpool Victoria and TSB plc and council member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House).

Current external appointments:
Senior independent director of Swinton Group Limited, QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited and QBE Underwriting Limited, non-executive director of Lloyds Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group Limited, Bank of Scotland plc and HBOS plc.

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Ken Mullen

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Ken Mullen

Appointed to the board in 2007

Committee membership
Executive committee

Secretary
Executive committee
Remuneration committee
Audit committee
Nomination committee
Risk advisory committee

Key achievements:

  • Reorganising the property and employment legal teams.
  • Developing a legal risk register and creation of a legal audit function.
  • Negotiating Heads of Terms to secure the redevelopment of the premises adjacent to the group’s head office in Bradford.
  • Overseeing the group’s participation in the Legal Social Mobility Partnership Work Experience Programme for 26 students from local schools in Leeds.
  • Joining the GC100 and taking part in a number of events.

Previous board and management experience:
Company secretary and general counsel of Premier Farnell plc, Silentnight plc and Whessoe plc.

Current external appointments:
Chairman of Rexel UK Limited Pension Scheme.

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David Sear

Independent non-executive director

David Sear

Appointed to the board in 2017

Key strengths:

  • Extensive experience and strong track record in digital transformation, in particular in the payment services sector.

Previous board and management experience:
Group chief executive officer at Skrill Ltd (now Paysafe), and chief executive officer of Weve. Divisional managing director and chief executive of two divisions of Travelex, outsourcing and global business payments. Founder and chief operating officer at Worldpay.

Current external appointments:
Chairman of Bango (BGO) and chairman of Semafone. Non-executive director of Fintrax Group.