Meet the Team

The Board of Directors

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  • Martin Rice

    Chairman

    Martin Rice

    Chairman

    How long you have been an ESBS Non-Executive
    Director (NED) and your current position(s) held?

    I joined the Society as a NED in August 2013 and became Chairman in August 2014.

    Career background?

    I have always worked in Financial Services since leaving school. For 37 years I worked for the former Alliance & Leicester, now part of Santander UK. Latterly I worked for Barclays Bank within their Barclaycard division and I returned to Santander briefly in 2012 before joining the Board in August 2013. From October 2013 to April 2016 I also worked as an independent compliance consultant. My career has included a period in mortgage underwriting, qualifying as a Solicitor in 1994 whilst working for Alliance & Leicester and latterly becoming a compliance officer dealing with the prevention of financial crime within banking.

    Why did you join the Earl Shilton Building Society Board?

    I have always recognised the tremendous importance of small building societies in ensuring the customer comes first. It was a dream come true to become a Non-Executive Director and latterly the Chairman of the Society and to help support its continuing development.

    What it is about working at the Society which you enjoy the most?

    Earl Shilton is a tremendous place to work. There is an incredible team spirit and a real commitment to customer service, as well as a recognition of the Society’s heritage and its importance to the town. I’m very proud to be associated with the Society and its staff.

    Hobbies and Interests outside of work?

    My family and children have always been a huge focus but in terms of interests, I would list reading (I usually manage to have three books on the go at once), a life-long passion for music (spanning 45 years of scouring independent record shops for obscure albums), gardening and all things associated with cars.

  • Paul Beardsmore

    Vice Chairman

    Paul Beardsmore

    Vice Chairman

    How long you have been an ESBS Non-Executive
    Director (NED) and your current position(s) held?

    I have been a Non-Executive Director since August 2013. I am Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and also serve on the Nominations Committee, and I have recently been appointed as Senior Independent Director and Vice-Chairman.

    Career background?

    I have worked in the building society industry since 1971, spending most of my time with smaller societies. The last eight years of my full-time career were spent as an Executive Director of a regional society.

    Why did you join the Earl Shilton Building Society Board?

    I was keen to join the Earl Shilton because of its unique combination of financial prudence and customer focus.

    What it is about working at the Society which you enjoy the most?

    What I like about the Earl Shilton is that it has not lost sight of the reasons for which it was established.

    Hobbies and Interests outside of work?

    My chief interest away from building societies is music – I teach piano and direct a church choir. I am also a trustee of a charity.

  • Paul Tilley

    Chief Executive

    Paul Tilley

    Chief Executive

    How long you have been in your current role?

    Since December 2011

    Career background?

    I’ve worked in building societies my entire career in roles ranging from sales, compliance, risk management and governance to operations

    Why did you join Earl Shilton Building Society?

    I joined because of the opportunity I was given to lead and run a well-respected building society

    What it is about working at the Society which you enjoy the most?

    The wide variety of the role ranging from strategy and oversight to speaking to members

    Hobbies and Interests outside of work?

    I’m a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) and a rugby union referee

  • Neil Adams

    Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director

    Neil Adams

    Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director

    How long have you been in your current role?

    I’ve been Head of Finance since July 2001

    Career background:

    Formerly I was in the profession as a Chartered Accountant

    Why did you join Earl Shilton Building Society?

    Because of the chance to work for a small, local financial institution

    What it is about working at the Society which you enjoy the most?

    The variety of work and strategic input

    Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

    Supporting my local church, reading, music and exploring the great outdoors

  • Ian Dale

    Non-Executive Director

    Ian Dale

    Non-Executive Director

    How long you have been an ESBS Non-Executive
    Director (NED) and your current position(s) held?

    I have been an ESBS Non-Executive Director since May 2015. I am also a member of the Society’s Assets and Liabilities Committee.

    Career background?

    I am a Chartered Accountant and have spent the majority of my career working in the mutual building society sector, particularly within the balance sheet management field.

    Why did you join the Earl Shilton Building Society Board?

    Since retiring, I’ve wanted to try and use my skills, knowledge and experience to help people in their local communities. I’m passionate about the difference that mutual, community orientated building societies can make to local people and wanted to help the Earl Shilton to continue its long and successful track record in doing this.

    What it is about working at the Society which you enjoy the most?

    Working with all the directors and staff at the Earl Shilton, and getting involved as much as I can in meeting members and new customers and learning more about the local community whilst participating in Society events.

    Hobbies and Interests outside of work?

    As well as the Earl Shilton, I am also a Board Member of Aspire a Staffordshire based Housing Association, a Board Member of Groundwork West Midlands and a Trustee Director for a pension fund – so perhaps not entirely retired! I enjoy all sports especially football and cycling. I am a keen cyclist and participate in a 100 mile charity ride every year. My wife and I also enjoy travelling and have a “bucket list” of destinations which we are slowly working through.

  • Audrey McNair

    Non-Executive Director

    Audrey McNair

    Non-Executive Director

    How long you have been an ESBS Non-Executive
    Director (NED) and your current position(s) held?

    I have been at ESBS since January 2015 and am a Non-Executive member of the Board, and also a member of its Remuneration Committee and Audit, Risk and Compliance committee.

    Career background?

    I have been in financial services for 33 years and have held a number of roles in risk and operations in banking and asset management.

    Why did you join the Earl Shilton Building Society Board?

    I was keen to join a society whose values and ethics were those I believed in and where I felt comfortable with the culture. I have enjoyed using my sector experience and knowledge to help the Society grow and make its way through the tough regulatory regime.

    What it is about working at the Society which you enjoy the most?

    I have found the atmosphere open and very collegiate.

    Hobbies and Interests outside of work?

    I enjoy reading, music, the theatre, cinema, travelling, and running. I was recently appointed to the Board of the British Friendly Society based in Bedford, where I am Chair of the Risk Committee