The Board

Meet The Board

Keith James OBEChairman

Keith has been a non-executive director of the Bank since 2002, and was appointed its Chairman in January 2012.

He is also the Chairman of Hodge Life, Admiral Insurance Company and He previously held directorships at Admiral Group, Atlantic Venture Capital, Bank of Wales, Axa Insurance, HTV and International Greetings. He is a solicitor and was the Chairman of Eversheds LLP from June 1995 to April 2004. Keith was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to business and the community in Wales, and is a trustee of the National Trust and Chairman of its advisory board in Wales.

Adrian Piper Non-executive director

Adrian joined the Board of the Bank in 2010 after his retirement from the Bank of England, where he enjoyed a career of almost 40 years latterly as its Agent for Wales.

Adrian is the Chairman of the Audit Committee, and is a non-executive director of Hodge Life. He is also a member of the Audit Committees of Cardiff Metropolitan University and the National Museum of Wales.

Alun Bowen Non-executive director

Alun joined the Board of the Bank in 2013, and is the Chairman of the Risk and Conduct Committee. He is also a non-executive director of Hodge Life.

Alun enjoyed a 36 year career at KPMG. He became the Managing Partner of KPMG in Kazakhstan in 2008 and before that was the firm’s Senior Partner in Wales, specialising in the banking, insurance and retail financial services sectors. Between 2001 and 2005, he also headed KPMG's practice advising global companies on sustainability.

Alun is Chair of the Audit Committees of PAO Severstal and Eurasian bank JSC and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Alun has been chairman of Business in the Community in Wales, a member of the Council of the Prince’s Trust Cymru and the BT Wales Advisory Board.

Jonathan Hodge Non-executive director

Jonathan is the son of the group's founder, Sir Julian Hodge, and represents the family's interest on the Bank’s Board as well as chairing the Nomination Committee. He is also a non-executive director of Hodge Life and Chairman of the Bank's UK parent The Carlyle Trust Limited.

Helen MolyneuxNon-executive director

Helen joined the board of the Bank in June 2015 and is Chairperson of the Remuneration Committee. She is also a non-executive director of Hodge Life.

Helen is chief executive of NewLaw Legal, a business she established from scratch, which now employees over 400 people. Previously she was a partner with international law firm Eversheds.

In 2011 Helen was named Welsh Woman of the Year and in 2013 the Law Society's Business Woman of the Year. She was a member of the Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales and currently chairs the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

David Austin Managing Director

David joined the Board of the Bank in 1991 as Finance Director and was appointed Managing Director in 1997. He is also a director of Hodge Life. David is a chartered accountant having spent twelve years at KPMG in its Cardiff office.

David LandenFinance Director

David joined the Bank in 2002 and has held a variety of finance and treasury roles during his time with the organisation. He was appointed to the Board as Finance Director in 2011. An accountancy graduate from Cardiff University, he is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Rhian YatesCompany Secretary

Rhian joined the Bank in 2004 as a graduate within Internal Audit, progressing to become Internal Audit Manager. She was appointed to the role of Company Secretary in 2010. In the same year Rhian became the Head of Compliance & Risk.

A mathematics graduate from Swansea University, Rhian is also a fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.