Board of Directors

Jeremy Cross


Jeremy is a chartered accountant who was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in February 2013. His other roles include a non-executive directorship of an NHS Trust as well as being a Director/Trustee for several Leeds based charities. Jeremy’s previous roles include being Director of Personal Current Accounts with Halifax and Bank of Scotland. Jeremy is committed to the mutual model of building society ownership and the opportunity this provides for engaging with our members, and becoming involved in the local communities we serve.

Gev Lynott

Chief Executive

Gev joined the Society in September 2011 and has extensive personal finance experience having held senior positions within the financial services divisions of Saga, Asda and Marks & Spencer and the National and Provincial Building Society. Gev is also a qualified accountant and has significant process & systems change experience. Gev is a strong advocate of the mutual model and has been highly instrumental in developing the Society’s community support programmes.

Paul Wheeler

Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director

Paul is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive finance experience from working in senior management positions in Next plc, Alliance & Leicester and East Midlands Development Agency. He joined the Society as Finance Director in 2011 and was promoted to Deputy CEO in 2016. Paul is a strong believer in mutuality and considers it possible for a financial services organisation to offer quality products and competitive rates whilst giving both financial and physical support to its local community

Robert Clifford

Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director

Rob was born in Mansfield and joined the Board as a non-executive director in January 2012. He is a director of SDL Group, which operates nationally providing surveying, property and mortgage services. Rob has worked in financial services for 30 years, much of it for, and alongside, building societies; he was a director at West Bromwich Building Society and remains committed to mutuality and the building society movement. Rob’s career history includes being managing director at Virgin Money and chief executive at Mortgage Force. Rob is also contactable by staff and members, as our Whistleblowing Champion.

Robert Hartley


Robert was appointed to the Board in May 2011. He is managing director of Innes England, a commercial property consultancy which has a number of offices across the East Midlands. He has worked within the property industry for more than 35 years and has extensive experience acting for corporate occupiers throughout the United Kingdom and specialises in valuation, landlord and tenant and property disposals. Robert, with his longstanding involvement in the East Midlands property market is passionate about the local economy and the commercial and financial organisations based in the region.

Alison Chmiel


Alison was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in February 2013. She is an experienced business leader being a qualified accountant with an IT background having started her career in technical roles with IBM. Her previous roles include Deputy Managing Director of Ikano Bank UK. Alison spent many years as a Director/Trustee of The Woodland Trust and currently serves as a Director/Trustee on a local multi-academy trust board. She is committed to the mutual ethos of the Mansfield Building Society.

Nicholas Baxter


Nick was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in January 2017. Nick has more than 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including mutual organisations. Nick’s principal qualifications are in marketing and management, however, he also holds a number of mortgage related qualifications. With a passion for appropriate consumer outcomes and increasing professional standards Nick has worked with various regulators, including those responsible for the early shaping mortgage regulation.

Colin Bradley


Colin was appointed to the board in May 2015 as a non executive director. He had previously held the position of Deputy Chief Executive/ Finance Director with Loughborough Building Society. He is a chartered accountant and chairs the board audit and compliance committee. Having worked in building societies for 30 years, Colin is committed to the values and service ethos of the mutual sector with its roots in the local community and with members’ interests being at the heart of everything we do.

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