Non-Exec. Chair of the Board

Hitchin, Hertfordshire (GB)
To c£80,000
05 Jan 2017
19 Jan 2017
Contract Type

Non-exec. Chair of the board (with all that entails): New Challenger Bank (B2B)

Hitchin/Luton - To c£80k

“Setting the Agenda, driving the Governance & delivering Stakeholder Returns”

A new B2B challenger, to be called Redwood Bank on Authorisation, is in the current licencing pipeline. Well-funded and led by a proven challenger CEO, their Headquarters are to be near Hitchin and they are targeting a property-biased SME audience in the “Heart of England”/Northern Home Counties, MI/M25 hinterland. An exciting executive and non-executive team is now being formed. On offer is an absolutely unique experience be in at the ground floor as singularly the most significant independent non-executive member of the new Board in the construct of this new bank from “Authorisation, through the Mobilisation” process to “launch” and beyond… to literally set the agenda, drive the governance and deliver stakeholder returns by leading the Board as Non-Executive Chair.

This is obviously the key appointment of standing/credibility/independence on behalf of all stakeholders and in the eyes of the regulator and the Business Community alike (and as such holds the Approved Senior Manager Function SMF9). This position is to be the fulcrum of the Board, to hold the business and the Executive to account, working alongside the CEO to ensure the bank’s strategic objectives are achieved efficiently, profitably, compliantly and ethically (within the confines of the banks’ risk appetite). The role is to be the architect of structure and governance (jointly and severally with other Board Members), i.e. Committee Structures, Board Agenda, Minutes & Statutory Reporting, Clarity of MI and timeliness/transparency/accuracy of information and debate (as well as mediator of first instance re policy/strategic differences, disciplinary issues and performance monitoring). The remit is also to be the ambassador of first choice regarding external liaison with customers, advisors, regulators/standards boards, the financial press and the wider business community, plus being ultimate counsel re policy, procedure, strategic planning, risk management, governance and communication with the CEO/other Executive Directors/NEDs and Shareholders.

You are/have been a senior banker/banking adviser (at Board level) and have had a successful executive (main-board/partner-level) career and now have a strong non-executive profile… sitting at main board level of substantive companies. Existing/previous Chairman (woman-) ship experience is advantageous. You want to help, form, shape, execute and grow something special. You understand the tightrope of governance and commerce, probity and profit and the dynamic between shareholder and wider stakeholders’ interests, risk and return, independence and vested interest etc. and, as such, are comfortable with the mantle of being their arbiter. All within a new business developing an inclusive executive culture and “joint & several” accountability Board credo. You want to be Chairman (woman) of the Board, with all that entails, and that is the mandate.

Please contact Adrian Wheale with their full CV, quoting ref 1408/INT by clicking on Apply.

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