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Your Board

Non-Executive Directors

  • Chris Radford

    Chris Radford

    Chairman

    Chris joined the Board in June 2010 and has over 35 years of experience in the Financial Services sector most recently as CEO of Lambeth Building Society, Legal & General’s unit trust business and specialist investment firm TIS Group. He has worked in a wide variety of business environments including major global and small local, plc and mutual and across all areas of Financial Services including insurance, investments, savings, banking and lending. Chris has considerable experience of helping organisations to develop new strategies and achieve wide scale changes. He is married, has twin boys aged 25, and is an experienced alpine skier, a keen sailor, enjoys golf, and plays in a blues band. The skills and experience Chris brings to the Board include strategy development and implementation, change management, business planning and organisation, executive development, operational efficiency and understanding the responsibilities to members of a mutual organisation.


  • Nick Bayley

    Nick Bayley

    Non-Executive Director

    Nick joined the Board in January 2008. With 26 years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Financial Services and Banking sectors, Nick has held a number of roles - from Independent Financial Adviser [IFA] to National Sales Manager of a large bank - responsible for generating £30m in annual revenue. He has worked for Barclays and The Woolwich, where he managed teams of up to 150 IFAs and set up the UK’s first IFA Training Academy. Nick is now working as an Executive Business Development Consultant with St James’s Place Wealth Management in the City, working with over 20 small and medium size businesses to develop their strategic and marketing plans and business generation. He is married with two children and his hobbies include mountaineering, skiing, running and golf. The skills and experience Nick brings to the Board include a deep understanding of the IFA and wealth management community, with a particular bias towards sales and marketing.


  • Audrey McNair

    Audrey McNair

    Non-Executive Director

    Audrey joined the Board in April 2016 as a Non Executive Director and chair of the Risk Committee. She has been in Financial Services for 33 years primarily in the City of London working for a number of banks and latterly for Europe’s largest independent asset manager where she was Global Head of Business Risk. In that role she was responsible for the implementation of the group’s risk management framework and system, responsible for the production of the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Report (ICAAP) and directly accountable to the PLC Board for the Operational Risk and IT Risk teams. She chaired a number of committees including the Outsourcing, Information Security, Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Pricing Committees. She is a graduate of St Andrews University where she studied French and a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers. In 2015 she was appointed to the Board of the Earl Shilton Building Society based in Leicestershire. She is a member of that Board and also of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. Outside work Audrey enjoys the arts, travelling, French conversation and running. Audrey brings to the Board significant experience in risk management and governance together with a deep understanding of the changing regulatory landscape.


  • Robin Willison

    Robin Willison

    Non-Executive Director

    Robin has over 35 years experience in financial services including a series of senior leadership positions in Lloyds Bank and LV=. He has sat on a number of industry committees at the ABI, APACS, ILAG and as a Director of LINK Interchange. In recent years he has worked as an independent consultant across the financial mutual sector and a coach to senior executives across a range of industries. He is also Chairman of the UK Board of an international leadership development charity. He is an active member of his local community and at various times been a youth club leader, school governor and a trustee of a number of local charities. He has been married to Anna for 35 years and has 4 grown up children and 9 grandchildren.


  • Michael Bartholomeusz

    Michael Bartholomeusz

    Non-Executive Director

    Michael joined the Board in April 2018. He has 35 years experience in financial services across general and life insurance sectors and retail banking with Flood Re, AIG UK and Prudential UK. Michael is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of two other professional bodies for risk management and corporate treasury.


  • Stuart Purdy

    Stuart Purdy

    Non-Executive Director

    Stuart joined the Board in May 2018. Stuart was previously Aviva’s European Product and Investment Director and has also served as CEO of a number of businesses in Aviva and RSA. Stuart has extensive experience in developing businesses and implementing strategic growth plans in financial services. He is also a highly experienced Non-Executive Director.


Executive Directors

  • Iain Clark

    Iain Clark

    Chief Executive

    Iain was appointed Chief Executive Officer following Mark Myers’s retirement from the Society in December 2016. Iain joined the Society as the Distribution & Marketing Director in September 2015 from his previous role of Managing Director of Protection at LV=. He was appointed to the Society’s Board in April 2016. Iain brings over 25 years of experience in the insurance and protection industry to British Friendly. Iain is married with one grown up son and is a keen runner and cook.


  • Lee Schopp

    Lee Schopp

    Finance Director

    Lee was appointed Finance Director and joined the Board in July 2010. He recently received the New Chartered Director of the year 2015 award from the Institute of Directors. He brings more than 18 years’ of strategic planning and executive experience to the Society and currently has executive responsibility for Finance, IT and Operations within the Society. Prior to joining the Society, Lee was with an engineering services firm for 10 years where he was instrumental in growing it from a small UK based business to one listed on AIM with operations in seven countries. Lee is married to Eilish and has two boys Ben and Oscar.