Board of Directors

Jeremy Cross


Jeremy is a chartered accountant whose previous roles include being Director of Personal Current Accounts with Halifax and Bank of Scotland. As a current non-executive director of an NHS Trust and a Director/Trustee for several Leeds based charities, Jeremy is also committed to the mutual model and the opportunity this provides for engaging with members and communities.

Gev Lynott

Chief Executive

Gev has extensive personal finance experience having held senior positions within the financial services divisions of Saga, Asda, Marks & Spencer and the National and Provincial Building Society. 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 after qualifying with Price Waterhouse in Nottingham, worked with retailer Next Plc before joining Alliance & Leicester Plc where he rose to Head of Retail Management Accounts. Paul is a strong believer in mutuality and believes that building societies can offer quality products at 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 is a director of SDL Group, which provides surveying, property and mortgage services nationwide. As well as a career history that includes managing director at Virgin Money, Rob has worked in financial services for 30 years, much of it for, and alongside, building societies. He is a former director at West Bromwich Building Society and remains committed to mutuality and the building society movement.

Robert Hartley


Robert 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, given his longstanding experience in the local property market, he is passionate about the local economy and the commercial and financial organisations based in the region.

Alison Chmiel


Alison is an experienced business leader, being a qualified accountant with an IT background, having started her career in technical roles at IBM and previously been 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. Alison is committed to the mutual ethos of the Mansfield Building Society.

Nicholas Baxter


Nick has more than 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including with mutual organisations. Highly qualified in marketing and management, 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 has 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 with 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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