Hinckley & Rugby Building Society appoints first female Chair of the Board

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has announced the appointment of Nemone Wynn-Evans as the mutual’s new Chair of the Board, effective from 27 March 2024.
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Announcing the news, the Society confirmed that Colin Franklin is retiring after nine years in the role. Barry Carter, CEO, said: “Colin has been instrumental in guiding Hinckley & Rugby’s transformation into a truly modern, customer-focused building society. I offer my deep gratitude for all he has done for the Society, and my warmest wishes for his well-deserved retirement.

“I am also delighted to welcome Nemone into the role of Chair. She has contributed much to the Society as a member of the Board, and her pioneering spirit will serve us well into the future. Together with her external Board roles – in life insurance, venture capital and energy retail services – Nemone possesses a diversity of leadership experience that uniquely attunes her to the current business environment and our members' expectations.”

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Nemone Wynn-Evans joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in March 2017. She chairs the Nominations & Governance Committee and was appointed the mutual’s Vice-Chair in 2023. She is the Society's first female Chair of the Board. Nemone’s background is in the equity capital markets sector of the City of London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

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Speaking about her appointment (which is subject to regulatory approval), Nemone said: “I am very much looking forward to working closely with our recently-appointed CEO, Barry Carter, as we develop a truly customer-centric organisation for our members. We have strong and ambitious plans for growth, with products and services that add real value to our members’ lives, and a strong desire to make our Society the most efficient and effective it can be.”

Reflecting on his distinguished term as Chair, Colin Franklin said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of Hinckley & Rugby for the last nine years. Hinckley & Rugby is a true mutual, rooted in its communities and with a singular focus of doing its best for its members. I am delighted that Nemone will now be leading the Society, and I know that it will continue to go from strength to strength under her leadership.”

Nemone’s personal video message to members can be seen at hrbs.co.uk/the-society/news-and-resources/.