Board of Directors

Alison Chmiel

Board Chair

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.

Paul Wheeler

Chief Executive

Paul is the Chief Executive of the Society and assumed this role in April 2020. He has been with the Society for a number of years having joined as Finance Director in 2011. Paul has extensive senior leadership experience having operated as Deputy CEO at the Society as well as previously holding senior roles at Next plc, Alliance & Leicester plc and East Midlands Development Agency. Paul is a Chartered Accountant and a strong believer in mutuality, considering it possible to offer quality products and competitive rates whilst giving both financial and physical support to their local community.

Daniel Jones

Finance Director

Dan is a Chartered Accountant with significant finance experience, having previously held senior management positions at Capital One and Experian plc. He joined the Society in 2019 and is passionate about the mutual model and the way it can serve its local community. He believes finance should be centred on improving people’s lives.

Nicholas Baxter

Director and Vice Chair

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 of mortgage regulation. Nick is also contactable by Society employees as our Whistleblowers’ Champion.

Robert Clifford


Rob was born in Mansfield and joined the Board as a non-executive director in January 2012. He is Chief Commercial Officer at MSS Group, which operates nationally providing mortgage advice and surveying 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.

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.

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.

Lucy McClements


Lucy was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in July 2020.   Her other roles include non-executive directorship of an E-money firm and Trustee of a local Multi-Academy Trust.  Much of her experience comes from almost two decades as a financial services regulator on both prudential and conduct of business issues in roles spanning Authorisation, Supervision, Operations, and Risk.  More recently Lucy has consulted with clients on good governance as well as delivery of Board/Executive level development interventions.  Passionate about improving financial capability across all age and socio-economic groups, she is committed to the benefits of mutuality.

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