Building Society appoints two new Non-Executive Directors

Earl Shilton Building Society has recently welcomed two new members to its Board.

John Stables and Laura Mackie have been appointed as Non-Executive Directors of the Society, with the former becoming a member of the organisation’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, and the latter joining its Assets and Liabilities Committee.

A Chartered Accountant by trade, John, who lives in Rutland, retired as Chief Financial Officer of Openfield Group, the UK’s largest grain marketing mutual, in December 2016, and has relished the opportunity to bring his skills to his new role at the Society.

“I’m really keen to support all employees of the Society, from my colleagues on the Board to those in executive roles and all other departments, in delivering continued long-term benefits for our members,” he said.

“What I’ve enjoyed about my time with the Society so far has been working alongside my fellow Directors ensuring delivery of strategy, and fostering sound governance by drawing on nearly 40 years of diverse business experience in finance and general management.”


John has a keen interest in the UK’s Inland Waterways and in his spare time he enjoys travelling, following the England cricket team as an MCC member, and watching Leicester Tigers when time permits.

“I also love spending time with my children, and my grandchildren in particular, who leave me with insufficient time to get my golf handicap any lower!” he adds.

Having spent the early days of her career with HSBC, Laura, who lives in Leicestershire, has a background in chartered banking, with specific experience in retail branch management.

Following her time as a banker, Laura transitioned to the fast-moving consumer goods sector, where she worked within the spheres of finance, sales and marketing.

She explains: “As part of the ESBS team, I have welcomed the chance to meaningfully contribute to the prosperity of the local community.

“I feel proud to have joined an organisation that has consistently put its customers first for over 160 years and am eager to safeguard and promote the benefits of mutual membership for future generations.

“The best thing about working for the Society is being given the opportunity to deliver results as part of a diverse, talented and driven team with a shared set of beliefs and heartfelt commitment to its customers, colleagues and community.”

Outside of work, most of Laura’s time is spent making happy memories with both family and friends.

“I’m constantly planning adventures,” she said, “and have recently discovered the joys of camping and climbing.”


Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of Earl Shilton Building Society, said: “I would like to give John and Laura a very warm welcome to our Board of Directors.

“Both bring a vast range of skills and experience with them, and have made fantastic additions to the Society”.

Having celebrated its 160th anniversary last year, Earl Shilton Building Society has branches in Earl Shilton and Barwell. The Barwell office is currently undergoing a major refurbishment to enhance both customer experience and the building’s facilities, which will bring it in line with its Earl Shilton counterpart.

It is anticipated that all works will be completed by the end of March 2018 and it is intended that the branch will remain open throughout.