A Chartered Accountant by profession, Raymond has worked in private equity and investment for over twenty-five years. As the former managing director of Alliance Trust Equity Partners he was responsible for strategic development. Previously he founded the UK venture investor Albany Ventures and prior to that was Director of Investment at British Linen Bank. Raymond also serves as Chairman of Foresight plc and Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd. Raymond joined the Board in June 2013 and was elected Chairman in July 2017.
John (Jack) Ogston
Jack is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and spent 36 years in management positions with Clydesdale Bank, latterly as Head of Corporate & Structured Finance in Scotland. He has significant board and lending experience and is currently Chairman of Vehicle Professionals Ltd and a non executive director of Constant Progress Ltd, Equator Capital Ltd and Toward Technology Ltd. Jack joined the Board in 2015 was elected Vice Chairman in July 2017. Jack chairs the Nomination and Renumeration Committee and is the Society's Senior Independent Director and Whistleblowing Champion.
Simon is a Chartered Accountant and former audit partner with 30 years’ experience working in financial services. Simon retired from KPMG in 2012 and now works as an independent non-executive director, and maintains his current financial knowledge as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is Vice Chairman of the Medical Protection Society, a members’ mutual fund which provides indemnity services to the medical profession, where he chairs the audit and risk committee. Simon is also a non-executive director of the Shepherds Friendly Society Limited where he chairs the audit committee. Simon joined the Board in October 2014 and chairs the Board Risk Committee.
Margaret began her career with HBOS and has over 36 years experience in PLC, AIM and family owned businesses. Margaret has held Board level positions for the last 20 years and latterly was Managing Director, Scotland and Ireland Division, with Peel Ports. Margaret has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. Margaret joined the Board in 2017 and is currently also a Trustee of the John Mather Charitable Trust.
Alan is a Chartered Banker and Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland. He has a Masters Degree in Finance. Alan spent 34 years at Clydesdale Bank in a wide variety of managerial roles including Asset Finance, Credit and Treasury and was Head of the Business Bank before moving to Scottish Widows Bank as Business Development Director. He is a past Managing Director of SFCF Ltd, Campbell Dallas Financial Services and Succession Wealth Management and was a non-executive director of Pharmacy Mutual Insurance.
Karyn is a chartered accountant and former audit partner at PwC. She has over 25 years of experience and provided audit and other services to a range of clients across the UK’s financial services sector including a number of banks and building societies. Her specialist knowledge includes financial reporting, audit and controls, risk management, regulatory compliance and governance. Karyn was appointed to the Board in May 2018 and chairs the Audit Committee. She is also a non executive director at the Scottish Investment Trust plc and the North American Income Trust plc.
Mark was appointed Chief Executive on 1 May 2013, having joined the Society in April 2012 in the role of Chief Operating Officer and been appointed to the Board in October 2012. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and a Chartered Banker. During his career of 30-plus years, Mark has worked in a variety of roles in retail banking, including 16 years at Scottish Widows Bank, where his responsibilities included credit risk management and compliance, as well as a wide range of operational activities. Mark was appointed to the Board of Scottish Widows Bank in January 2006 as Credit Director – a position he held until joining the Society.
Aileen joined the Society in 2016 as Finance Director. A member of ICAS, Aileen brings broad experience at board and senior management level to the role. Most recently she was Interim Finance Director at Scottish Friendly and prior to that was Group Chief Financial Officer with Braveheart Investment Group plc. Aileen has held Board level positions in a variety of sectors and worked in corporate finance and professional services including five years with Ernst & Young.