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Trustees of Foundation for Credit Counselling

The board of trustees for the Foundation for Credit Counselling (registered in England and Wales) has the following members.

Sir Hector Sants (Chair of the Board)

Sir Hector Sants is Vice Chairman and Partner of Oliver Wyman, and Chairman of Julius Baer International Limited. Hector is also a member of the UK’s Financial Capability Board and trustee of Just Finance - the Church of England's charity promoting a fairer financial system.


Previous roles include the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority, Deputy Governor designate of the Bank of England, CEO designate of the Prudential Regulation Authority, and a member of the interim Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England. Before that he held a number of senior roles at Barclays Credit Suisse First Boston, DLJ, UBS and Phillips & Drew.


Away from financial services prior activities included being Chair of the Oxford University Business School and a non-executive director of an NHS Trust.


Sir Hector was knighted in 2013 for services to financial services and regulation; he has an MA in psychology and philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Sir Geoff Mulcahy

Sir Geoff Mulcahy

Sir Geoff has a long and distinguished career in retailing that began in 1982 when, after working in the sugar, engineering and oil industries, he joined Kingfisher. He became group managing director of Kingfisher in 1984 and retired as chief executive in 2002 after building it into the largest non-food retailer in the UK, operating in 13 countries worldwide and overseeing the group's demerger into three quoted companies.


He was previously chairman of Javelin Group, a retail consultancy from 2003 until 2015 and chairman of the British Retail Consortium from 2006 until 2009.  He has degrees from Manchester University and Harvard Business School and has previously acted as a non-executive director on the Boards of British Telecom, Intercontinental Hotels and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

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David Coates

David is a financial services specialist whose speciality is helping businesses develop. He joined Experian as managing director of the Business Information and Consumer Information divisions. In 2000, he was appointed managing director and founding director of Callcredit in Leeds.


In 2004 David joined the private equity backed company Davenham as chief executive and took the group public in 2005. From 2011 to 2015 David was a non exec director of the Richmond Group and subsequently non exec Chair of its subsidiary Amigo Loans Ltd. David is also an non-executive director of the Training Room Ltd and advises several smaller financial service businesses at board level.

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John Fingleton

John Fingleton was Chief Executive of the Office of Fair Trading from 2005 to 2012, having previously run the Irish Competition Authority.


As an academic he taught economics at the London School of Economics, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Chicago, he wrote and taught game theory, economics of industry and regulation.


In government, he oversaw merger regulation, enforcement of competition rules, consumer protection, and credit regulation. He has been a strong advocate for the removal of government restrictions on competition and supply side reforms to improve productivity growth.


John is a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Social Market Foundation and acts as Trustee at Kaleidoscope and CEPR.

Andy Hill

Andy is currently CEO at Damartex UK Ltd and Chairman of Coopers of Stortford. These two businesses are the main UK-based subsidiaries of Damartex SA, one of the leading European multichannel retailers for seniors. He is also a member of the Damartex SA Group board.


A qualified accountant, Andy has worked for the past 30 years in a variety of mail order and retail organisations including Next, Redcats, Lennons Group and now Damartex. For the majority of those businesses, consumer credit has been a significant element in the commercial offer.


This has led to hands-on experience in credit risk management and compliance with, recently, Damartex UK gaining full FCA accreditation. During that time he has held direct board responsibility across a range of disciplines including finance, marketing, customer services and IT.


Andy also served as a director of the UK Direct Marketing Association and was chairman of its Home Shopping Council.

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Dame Suzi Leather

Dame Suzi Leather is the Chair of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, a member of the General Medical Council and a lay chapter canon at Exeter Cathedral. Previous roles include chairing the Charity Commission, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, LankellyChase Foundation and Exeter and District NHS Trust. She was also Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency.


In 1994 Suzi was awarded the MBE for her services to agriculture and food safety and in 2006 she was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, vice president of Hospiscare and a patron of the Donor Conception Network.


Suzi has a BA degree with honours in Politics, a BPhil degree in social work and an MA in European Politics.

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Sue Lewis

Sue is currently chair of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Services Consumer Panel. She is also: a Trustee of The People’s Pension; a consumer advocate member of the Chartered Insurance Institute Professional Standards Board; a member of the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board; and a member of the Fairbanking Mark Assessment panel. Sue advises overseas clients on financial education, financial inclusion and financial services conduct regulation.


Sue was previously a senior civil servant, most recently as head of savings and investments at the Treasury, from 2005 to 2011.

Kenny McLeod

Kenny MacLeod

Kenny is the Chief Executive Officer of Scotwest Credit Union based in Glasgow, Scotland. A Chartered Accountant, Kenny worked in a range of industry sectors (including travel/leisure, education and fast moving consumer goods) before joining Scotwest in January 2013.


Open to anyone living or working in the West of Scotland, Scotwest Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Great Britain with 29,000 members and £60m assets. A financial co-operative, Scotwest provides a wide range of financial options to its members including savings accounts, personal loans and mortgages.


Scotwest currently works with over 80 employers in order to provide payroll deduction savings and loan repayments services and these employers account for two thirds of the credit union’s members.

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Rt. Hon Alun Michael

Alun Michael was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June 2014.


Alun is the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, elected in November 2012 after standing down from Parliament to contest the election and re-elected in 2016. He is also a member of the National Executive (Board) of the Cooperative Party and a Trustee of the Penarth Headland Link (a charitable company).


Previously, he was the Member of Parliament for South Cardiff and Penarth from 1987 to 2012.  During that period he held office as Deputy Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Wales, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Minister of State for Industry and the Regions. He also served as a member of the Justice Select Committee, the Welsh Affairs Select Committee and the Home Affairs Select Committee. He chaired the All-Party Group for Civil Society and Volunteering, the Parliamentary ICT Forum, the All Party Waterways Group, the All Party Group on Corporate Governance, and was Vice Chair of the All Party Group on Policing.


Before entering Parliament he was a journalist for 6 years and a Youth & Community Worker for 15 years, as well as a leading member of Cardiff City Council and Chair of the Cardiff Juvenile Bench. He has a lifelong interest in local advice services and tackling poverty.

Chris Stern

Chris is Chairman of British Gas Insurance (BGI), a leading UK Insurer, and also holds a number of NED roles within the Centrica Group, including Chairman of British Gas Finance Ltd, a regulated Consumer Credit business.


Aside from his NED experience, Chris has been a senior executive within the Centrica Group for over 30 years, undertaking a wide range of customer facing roles including Chief Executive, BGI, and as Finance Director across a number of businesses including British Gas Services, Centrica Business Services, and the AA. During his career Chris has brought a particular focus on customer fairness and engagement in large scale business change.


Chris is a qualified accountant and is also a Pension Trustee and a Director of the Centrica Pension Investment Board.

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Suzanna Taverne

Suzanna has broad experience of strategic development and organisational change, working at board level across public and commercial organisations in the finance, culture and media sectors.


Suzanna is currently a Trustee of the BBC and Age UK and a non-executive director of Ford Credit Europe. Until recently, she was a non-executive director of the Nationwide Building Society and Chair of Gingerbread.

Gillian Thompson

Gillian has broad experience in delivering the policies of the Scottish Government including development of devolved and reserved policies, leading legislative and organisational change, and influencing and negotiation.

Gillian has a well-regarded reputation for delivering organisational strategy and expertise in working at Board level as chair and member. In 2002, she became the first woman Accountant in Bankruptcy and Agency Chief Executive. She remained in this post until 2009.


Currently, Gillian is the Judicial Complaints Reviewer for Scotland, and a non-Executive Director of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency. Gillian was appointed to the FCC Board in January 2016. She’s also a Scottish Ambassador for the UK charity Tomorrow’s People, which sources work placements for 16-24 year-olds from deprived areas.


Previously, Gillian was an Independent Assessor Public Appointments (Justice), a Non- Executive Director of Registry Trust Ltd and Deputy Chair of English Speaking Union Scotland. She was a Co-opted Non-Executive member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, and a Trustee of StepChange Debt Charity Scotland between 2010 and 2016.


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