Top Welsh build­ing so­ci­ety gets a new hand on the reins

Western Mail - - BUSINESS IN WALES - Chris Kelsey As­sis­tant head of busi­ness chris.kelsey@waleson­line.co.uk

ONE of Wales’ largest in­de­pen­dent build­ing so­ci­eties has ap­pointed a new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Will Car­roll has been ap­pointed as Mon­mouthshire Build­ing So­ci­ety’s new CEO, hav­ing served as in­terim CEO since Au­gust.

Mr Car­roll has sub­stan­tial ex­pe­ri­ence as the so­ci­ety’s fi­nance di­rec­tor and as a mem­ber of its board for the past eight years.

He has a de­tailed knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the so­ci­ety’s busi­ness and the fi­nan­cial ser­vices mar­ket and has a wide net­work of con­tacts in the build­ing so­ci­ety sec­tor and in south Wales.

Mon­mouthshire chair­man Haydn War­man said: “Our fi­nan­cial strength con­tin­ues to be the bedrock of the so­ci­ety and Will has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in pre­serv­ing that strength dur­ing his ten­ure as fi­nance di­rec­tor.

“He has al­ready taken the lead in de­vel­op­ing the So­ci­ety’s strat­egy and trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme. The board is con­fi­dent that un­der his lead­er­ship the so­ci­ety will con­tinue to pros­per in the fu­ture as a strong and in­de­pen­dent build­ing so­ci­ety.”

Mr Car­roll said: “I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be asked to lead the so­ci­ety on the next stage of its jour­ney and to build upon the suc­cesses of the past.

“The so­ci­ety faces some de­mand­ing chal­lenges in order to suc­cess­fully com­pete and grow in the dig­i­tal age, but I am con­fi­dent that with the great team I have around me, we can achieve and ex­ceed our aims, en­sur­ing Mon­mouthshire Build­ing So­ci­ety pros­pers for many years to come.”

Be­fore be­ing ap­pointed in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mr Caroll served as the so­ci­ety’s fi­nance di­rec­tor, hold­ing the po­si­tion since 2009.

Mean­while, as the so­ci­ety un­der­goes a re­brand­ing process, Dawn Gunter has joined it as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

Ms Gunter, who pre­vi­ously worked for Prin­ci­pal­ity Build­ing So­ci­ety, said she was ex­cited to re­turn to south Wales and over­see the growth of the so­ci­ety. Her pri­mary func­tion will be to se­cure growth through the so­ci­ety’s prod­ucts and ser­vices for both ex­ist­ing and new mem­bers.

She said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic time for me to be join­ing the so­ci­ety. We have a clear plan to in­vest in our busi­ness and de­liver con­sid­er­able growth over the com­ing years.

“We re­cently en­tered into a three­year spon­sor­ship deal with the Dragons, pro­vid­ing an early view of our new mod­ern and dy­namic brand that’s clearly set out our in­tent within the mar­ket.

“The so­ci­ety has an am­bi­tious trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme ahead that will strengthen mem­ber en­gage­ment, ex­pand dis­tri­bu­tion and cre­ate an ex­cit­ing fu­ture for col­leagues and cus­tomers.”

Ms Gunter has spent the past three years with Sains­bury’s Bank in Ed­in­burgh, ini­tially lead­ing the op­er­a­tional de­sign of its mort­gage busi­ness, which launched ear­lier this year, and then lead­ing the de­sign and de­liv­ery of the per­sonal loan and credit card op­er­a­tion.

She has ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with the Welsh Gov­ern­ment, Le­gal & Gen­eral and the Bank of Scot­land, while also spend­ing 11 years with Prin­ci­pal­ity Build­ing So­ci­ety, cov­er­ing a num­ber of op­er­a­tional lead­er­ship and dis­tri­bu­tion roles, most no­tably to head up the di­rect chan­nel for the so­ci­ety.

HUW JOHN, CARDIFF

> Will Car­roll has been ap­pointed as Mon­mouthshire Build­ing So­ci­ety’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer

> Dawn Gunter be­comes chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at the build­ing so­ci­ety

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