Management Committee

  • Joe Goolamier Cert PFS
    Joe joined the Management Committee in 2002. He is the Society’s Chairman. He is retired from his role as Duty Resources Manager with WAGN operating at Kings Cross. Joe holds the full FPC qualification and previously chaired the Audit & Risk Management sub-Committee. He stood down from this role when he was elected as Chairman of the Society in June.
  • Alan Edwards
    Alan joined the Management Committee in 2004 and is currently the Society’s Senior Independent Director. He also serves on the Audit & Risk Management sub-Committee. A driver with Arriva Rail North based at Sheffield, Alan holds FPC 1 level and is a former school governor.
  • Lee Davies
    Lee joined the Management Committee at the Annual General Meeting in June 2013 and serves as a member of the With-Profits Advisory Arrangement. He is qualified to FPC 1 level and is a driver with Cross Country Trains operating out of Newcastle. He has also previously served as a school governor
  • Joe McKenna LLB (Hons)
    Joe joined the Management Committee in 2006 and is the Society’s Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the With-Profits Advisory Arrangement. A driver with Cross Country Trains operating out of Manchester, Joe is a law graduate and a qualified solicitor.
  • Terry Brushfield-Hodges
    Terry rejoined the Management Committee in 2014, having served previously between 2006 and 2010. He is a retired financial adviser and served for many years as a Superintendent with Provident Mutual where he was closely involved with the British Rail Pension Schemes and the BRASS AVC Scheme. Since retiring he has undertaken retail compliance work with the Society and has also been involved in providing debt counselling.
  • Moira Casey BSc (Hons), AIA
    Moira joined the Management Committee in 2016. She chairs the Society’s Audit and Risk Management sub-Committee and is a member of the With-Profits Advisory Arrangement. Moira is a qualified Actuary and brings substantial experience of life and pensions office operations and Solvency II project work to the Society. She is employed as a consultant actuary by OAC plc.
  • Marc Bicknell
    Marc was co-opted onto the Management Committee in February 2017 following the granting of regulatory approval for his appointment as Chief Executive. He was subsequently elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June 2017.Marc, a graduate and Chartered Accountant, has substantial management and Board level experience, including non-executive experience within the friendly society sector.
  • David Storrie
    David was co-opted onto the Management Committee in February 2017 and was subsequently elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in June. He serves as a member of the With-Profits Advisory Arrangement. A driver with Arriva Rail North based at Leeds, David has also previously served as a national list football assistant referee.
  • Andrew Townsley
    Andrew has over 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry, most of which have been spent in the mutual sector. In 2016 he retired as Chief Executive of Kingston Unity Friendly Society Limited. During his career he served as Chief Executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society, Deputy Chief Executive of Vernon Building Society and General Manager of Barnsley Building Society. Andrew has also served as Chairman of Stockport Credit Union. He was also previously involved in the mutual sector’s trade body as a Non-Executive Director of the Association of Financial Mutuals (AFM) and Association of Friendly Societies (AFS) and served as Chairman of the AFS in 2007/08

 

The Committee meets six times each year and has specific terms of reference. It receives regular management reports and information on corporate and business issues to enable it to review performance against business targets and objectives. The Committee approves annual budgets, with actual results being reported against budget on a regular basis and significant variances investigated. Operational management of the Society is delegated to the Chief Executive, who meets regularly with the Chairman. The Committee is responsible for defining the strategy and objectives of the Society.