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:

  • Successfully addressed the succession issues at Vanquis Bank by recruiting Chris Sweeney to replace Michael Lenora as Managing Director following his retirement.
  • Oversaw the entry of the group into the FTSE 100 Index.
  • Integration of and support for the non-executive directors who joined the boards of two of the group’s divisions.
  • Provided strategic input into the future growth options for Vanquis Bank.
  • Provided strategic input into the FCA full authorisation and change of permission application processes being undertaken by the divisions.

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:

  • Oversaw the creation of a group internal audit function.
  • Oversaw the group’s discussions with the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) on regulatory requirements.
  • Recruited a new Director of Corporate Finance and Development.
  • Effectively managed the ongoing relationship with ‘Fitch Ratings’, the group’s rating agency.
  • Implemented a revised investment strategy for the group’s defined benefit pension scheme in conjunction with the trustees.

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

Current external appointments:
None.

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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 Ernst & Young and to Heidrick & Struggles, and partner at Opus Corporate Finance and Juno Capital LLP.

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

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, nonexecutive director at Liverpool Victoria and TSB plc and council member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House).

Current external appointments:
Director of Vitality Health, senior independent director of Swinton Group Limited, QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited and QBE Underwriting Limited; nonexecutivedirector of Lloyds Bank plc, Lloyds Banking Group Limited, Bank of Scotland plc and HBOS plc.

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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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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:

  • Project management of the legal due diligence exercises, through a combination of internal and external legal resources, on two potential acquisition targets.
  • In his capacity as chairman of the Trustees, renewed the investment strategy of the group’s defined benefit pension scheme which has resulted in a significant de-risking of the scheme’s assets and the creation of a hedging strategy in respect of two key risks faced by the scheme: interest rate fluctuation and changes in the level of inflation.
  • Close management of the group’s regulatory relationships, both in the UK and Ireland.

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.