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Our people

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Lauren Langton
CEO

Lauren brings over 40 years’ front-line financial services experience to her current role as CEO together with over a decade of community focused volunteering.

She is passionate about enabling people to access fair finance, developing the community lending sector and creating opportunities for personal growth by both staff and volunteers.

Harriet

Harriet Wallace
Chief Operating Officer

Harriet is delighted to have joined NCB and brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from previous management roles in high-street banking, and customer service management within other sectors.

She is dedicated to increasing the skill set and enhancing the roles of her operational team. Harriet is passionate about improving the customer experience by developing the functions and services offered in the sector, to make fair and ethical finance more accessible in the wider community.

Yvonne

Yvonne Carter
Payroll Relationship Manager

Yvonne brings a diverse range of skills and expertise to Team NCB; honed from working across different sectors such as: RAF, NHS, Private, Commercial and Voluntary sector as a Trustee.

Yvonne’s motivation is to establish key business relationships and partnerships with PAYROLL deduction service, that helps build strategic Financial Well-being/Resilience agendas. An effective People Developer, who gets that staff are key to business success and growth. With an empowering and enabling approach, she provides insights into tools to continuously improve the Northumberland Community Banks development and member experience. An emerging role providing complimentary ‘thought leadership’ in support of the CEO.

Adam

Adam Lewis
Customer Service Practitioner

Adam joined NCB as the new Level 2 Customer Service Apprentice after studying Level 3 IT at Northumberland College for 2 years and had a desire to broaden his knowledge, experience and skill set with Customer Services, Social Media/Marketing and Financial Systems.

Adam is excited to gain a new interesting view on how Customer services and the Financial not for profit services work. Adam’s role involves a wide range of responsibilities across customer service such as managing new members, loan allocations and enquiries. Adam is passionate about personal development and providing a positive member experience.

Julie

Julie Mills
Customer Services Lead

Julie joined the team as a volunteer in February 2018.  She has progressed quickly to secure a level 2 apprenticeship in Customer Service and won both the Regional and National Apprenticeship Awards in 2019.

Julie came to Northumberland Community Bank with 20 years of experience in factory work where she had gained many transferable skills.  Over those years she has also increased her skill level completing several college courses. She is now a, much valued, permanent member of Team NCB and the Customer Service Lead.  Her role covers all aspect of customer service including granting loans, opening accounts and cash control.

Dave

Dave Hall
Finance Officer 

Dave joined Northumberland Community Bank in 2016 and is responsible for the Bank’s internal and audited financial accounts and submitting the Regulatory Returns.
Dave joined the credit union movement in 2004 after retiring from mainstream banking with 31 years’ service.

He began as a Loans Officer, moving onto the Chief Officer role at Northern Oak Credit Union and then Finance Manager at NEFirst Credit Union where he still spends 60% of his time. He has acquired great experience in all aspects of credit union rules and regulations and ensuring NCB complies with them all.

Liam Fenlon
Operations Service Lead

Liam has joined NCB as the new Operations Service Lead; prior to his new role he worked at LeoVegas as the Anti-Money Laundering Executive Analyst. Liam studied Accounting and Finance at Hope University Liverpool, before relocating to the Northeast with his family.

Liam’s hobbies and interests include football, predominantly Liverpool FC and Derry City FC who he was fortunate enough to represent at youth level in his teenage years, Music, festivals, and films.

Mollie Self
Member Service Assistant

Mollie is the newest member of NCB and has joined as a Member Service Assistant as part of the Kickstarter Program. Mollie is excited to gain knowledge on how financial, not for profit services work and wants to enhance her skills within her Customer Services role.

Mollie’s role involves managing our members email and hub enquiries, new member applications and answering phone calls. Mollie is passionate about developing her skills and helping our members needs.

Our Board

Mark I’Anson – Chair

Mark is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. After founding, growing and selling his own NASDAQ listed computer company, he is now on the Board of a number of SMEs & charities.

He chairs fin-tech startup Incuto Ltd, the Haydon Bridge Development Trust and the Northumbrian Property Services Group, is a director of Arjuna Ltd and a trustee of the Northstar Foundation and the Charlotte Straker Care Home.

Warren Snowdon – Treasurer and MLO

Senior Certified Internal Auditor before age related retirement in 2014.  Chairman of Mid & South-East Northumberland Bench 2012.

Previous positions include: –  Justice of the Peace, Qualified Magistrates’ Court Chairman, Member of Northumberland Magistrates Court Committee (MCC) 1995 – 2000, Member of Northumbria MCC; Member of the VAT & Duties Tribunal 2004. Member of the Northumberland Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace 2004 to 2010; General Commissioner for Income Tax 2006; Deputy Chairman of South-East Northumberland Bench 2008 – 2010; Chairman of South-East Northumberland Bench 2011.

Peter Cockerill

Experienced in Management and Financial Accounting – CEO of Calvert Trust, Kielder (32 years), Treasurer Hexham Abbey; Director Hexham Abbey Trading Ltd., Director Hextol Foundation.

Sir Michael Darrington

FCA, PMD Harvard Business school, Group Managing Director (CEO) Greggs plc 1983 – 2008, Involved in other Charitable/ Community activities.

Kath Nisbet

Many years’ experience as a Credit Union member and board member; Chair of Bliss (Charity) and Improving Croft and Cowpen Quay, retired member of Morpeth Road school governors and is also a Town and County Councillor.

Margaret Richardson

Margaret – experienced Credit Union member and board member.  Is also a Town Councillor.

Simon Merchant

Simon is an experienced customer service professional across regulated and specialist sectors, including rail, water, government, and NHS outsourcing.

He now runs his own business, supporting growing companies, the third sector and NHS Primary Care providers with process improvement, customer service and operational optimisation.