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.

  • Laura Mackie

    Non-Executive Director

    Laura Mackie

    Non-Executive Director

    How long have you been in your current role?

    Since November 2017. I am also a member of the Society’s Assets and Liabilities Committee.

    Career background:

    I am a Chartered Banker and spent my early career with HSBC Bank, primarily in retail branch management. I moved out of financial services into the fast-moving consumer goods sector, predominantly within finance, sales and marketing.

    Why did you join Earl Shilton Building Society?

    As part of the ESBS team, I welcome the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the prosperity of my local community. I feel proud to have joined an organisation that has put its customers first for over 160 years and am eager to safeguard and promote the benefits of mutual membership for future generations.

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

    Delivering 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.

    Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

    Most of my time outside of work is spent with family and friends.  I’m constantly planning adventures and have recently discovered the joys of camping and climbing.

  • 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

  • John Stables

    Non-Executive Director

    John Stables

    Non-Executive Director

    How long have you been in your current role?

    Since November 2017. I am also a member of the Society’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

    Career background:

    I am a Chartered Accountant and retired as Chief Financial Officer of Openfield Group in December 2016. Openfield is the UK’s largest farmer-owned grain marketing mutual.

    Why did you join Earl Shilton Building Society?

    Many people do not understand the mutual business model and the concept of being responsible to the individual members of the Society, who all have equal standing. I am keen to support the executive management and employees in delivering continued long-term benefits to members.

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

    Working with fellow Directors and other stakeholders in problem solving, promoting lateral thinking, encouraging, challenging, mentoring and supporting, drawing on nearly 40 years of diverse business experience in finance and general management.

    Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

    I have a keen interest in the UK’s  Inland Waterways. I enjoy travelling, following England cricket as a Marylebone Cricket Club member and rugby (live and from the armchair). I also love spending time with my children and, particularly, my grandchildren, who leave insufficient time to get the golf handicap lower!