William Vereker

William Vereker, Chair

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

William Vereker was appointed Chair on 1 November 2020, previously Independent Non-Executive Director from 1 October 2020.  

William is an experienced and well-respected Banker, previously having served as Global Head of Investment Banking for UBS (2013 – 2018), and prior to that holding a number of leadership roles at Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley.

From 2018 to 2019 he served as the Prime Minister’s Business Envoy.

He was a Vice Chairman at JP Morgan until October 2020.

William has been a member of the Nomination Committee since 1 October 2020.

 

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Garrett Curran, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK plc

Garrett Curran was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 7 May 2019. 

Garrett brings extensive financial services experience, an understanding of the UK regulatory environment and strong risk management credentials. 

Garrett has spent over 20 years in investment banking in a variety of positions, predominantly in global markets, capital markets and investment banking in London and New York. Most recently, he was CEO of Credit Suisse in the UK and the bank’s Chief Client Officer in EMEA, whilst also managing and supervising their Global Markets EMEA client business, with responsibilities spanning strategy, operational management, supervision, culture and senior client relationships. Since leaving Credit Suisse in 2016, Garrett has been an active advisor and investor specialising in financial services, technology and real estate.

Garrett has been a member of the Board Risk Committee and the Board Audit Committee since 7 May 2019 and Chair of the Responsible Banking Committee  from 28 April 2020 to 10 August 2021. He stepped down as a Director of Santander UK Group Holdings plc and from its Board committees on 31 December 2019.

 

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Annemarie Durbin, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK plc

Annemarie Durbin was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 13 January 2016.

Annemarie Durbin has 30 years' international retail, commercial, corporate and institutional banking experience culminating in being a member of Standard Chartered’s Group Executive Committee. In addition, she was Group Company Secretary at Standard Chartered for a number of years, an independent non-executive director on the board of Fleming Family and Partners Limited and Chair of Merryck & co EMEA, a global mentoring group. Annemarie is an executive coach and mentor. 

Annemarie brings broad based international banking, leadership, talent development, executive remuneration, property, internal audit, crisis management, business continuity, operational excellence and governance capabilities to the Board. Annemarie is also Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of WH Smith PLC since 2012 and Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of Persimmon PLC.

Annemarie has been a member of the Remuneration Committee since 13 January 2016 and Chair since 4 August 2017, the Responsible Banking Committee since 1 July 2017, the Risk Committee of both Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc since 13 January 2016, the Audit Committee since 1 November 2020 and the Nomination Committee since 16 October 2020. She stepped down as a Director of Santander UK Group Holdings plc and from its Board committees on 31 December 2019.  She has been Chair of Cater Allen Limited since 15 November 2018.

 

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Ed Giera, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

Ed Giera was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 19 August 2015 and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on 7 April 2021.

Ed Giera is an experienced Non-Executive Director, having held a number of Board roles following his career with JP Morgan Securities, the investment banking affiliate of JP Morgan Chase & Co. He provided corporate finance advisory and fiduciary services as Principal of EJ Giera LLC and was formerly a Non-Executive Director of NovaTech LLC and the Life and Longevity Markets Association. Ed was also a director of Pension Corporation Group Ltd from 2012 to 2015, and Pension Insurance Corporation Holdings Ltd from 2008 to 2012.

Ed is also Non-Executive Director of Rothesay Life PLC since 25 January 2021.

Ed has been a member of the Audit Committee since 19 August 2015, the Risk Committee since 19 August 2015 and Chair since 1 November 2015, the Responsible Banking Committee since 1 July 2017, the Nomination Committee since 16 October 2020 and the Remuneration Committee since 1 November 2020. He was appointed as Chair of the Santander UK Group Holdings plc Responsible Banking Committee on 28 April 2020.

 

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Chris Jones, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

Chris Jones was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 30 March 2015.

Chris Jones was a partner at PwC from 1989 to 2014. He focused on the financial services industry from the mid-1980s and was a Senior Audit Partner specialising in the audit of banks and other financial services companies. He also led PwC’s EMEA Financial Services practice and was a member of their Financial Services global leadership team.

Chris is a past president of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Chris is also Audit and Risk Committee member of the Wellcome Trust, since 1 September 2016, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, since 2010, Investment Trustee of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund, since 2015 and Independent Non-Executive Director of Legal & General Investment Management (Holdings) Limited since 1 May 2020.

Chris has been a member of the Audit Committee since 30 March 2015 and Chair since 30 June 2015, the Remuneration Committee since 1 September 2015, the Risk Committee since 30 March 2015 and the Responsible Banking Committee since 1 November 2020. He was appointed as Chair of the Santander UK Group Holdings plc Remuneration Committee on 28 April 2020. Chris is also Santander UK’s Whistleblowers’ Champion.

 

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Mark Lewis, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK plc

Mark Lewis was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 16 December 2020.

Mark brings a track record of digital transformation and growth across multiple consumer businesses and sectors. Most recently he was CEO of Moneysupermarket Group plc, operating regulated market places across financial services, travel and home services and helping UK households save over £7bn from their bills. 

Prior to this, Mark sat on the John Lewis Management Board as Retail Director, responsible for sales and operations across 48 UK department stores and online channels serving 37 countries.  He previously served as Managing Director of eBay UK and CEO of Collect+.

On his appointment Mark became a member of the Board Remuneration Committee, Board Risk Committee and Board Responsible Banking Committee.

 

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Dirk Marzluf, Non-Executive Director

Santander UK plc

Dirk was appointed Non-Executive Director on 7 May 2019. 

Dirk joined Banco Santander as Group Head of Technology and Operations in September 2018.  He joined Banco Santander from AXA Group, where he served as Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) since 2013 leading the insurance group’s technology and information security transformation, its overall project portfolio and as co-sponsor of its digital strategy.  His global technology leadership roles include previous work at Accenture, Daimler Chrysler and Winterthur Group.  

As Banco Santander Group Head of Technology and Operations, Dirk Marzluf is responsible for leading the information technology and operations function and its strategic development.

He stepped down as a Director of Santander UK Group Holdings plc on 31 December 2019.

 

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The Rt Hon. the Baroness Morgan of Cotes, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK plc

Nicky Morgan was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 10 August 2021.

Nicky is a former MP, Cabinet Minister and Chair of the House of Commons Treasury Committee and is now a member of the House of the Lords.  She is a qualified solicitor by background and before being elected to Parliament spent 16 years with City law firms, focused on mergers and acquisitions and advisory work.  Nicky possesses significant experience as a senior leader of high-profile large organisations, responsible for setting and overseeing implementation of strategy and communicating the organisation’s narrative and capabilities. She brings a wealth of experience from both a public and private perspective of the financial services sector, communications & media, and digital & technology.

Nicky is also non-executive director of Financial Services Compensation Scheme, Careers & Enterprise Company and Great Central Railway plc. She further serves as a Trustee of the Social Market Foundation.

On her appointment Nicky became Chair of the Board Responsible Banking Committee and a member of the Board Audit Committee and Board Risk Committee.

 

Antonio Simoes

Antonio Simões, Non-Executive Director

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

Antonio Simões was appointed Non-Executive Director on 30 April 2021.
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Antonio Simões is currently CEO of Spain and Head of Europe.  He joined the Banco Santander group in September 2020 as regional head of Europe with managerial responsibility and oversight of the bank’s businesses in Europe with reporting lines from the country heads of Spain, UK, Portugal and Poland. He joined Banco Santander group from HSBC where for 13 years, he led a number of businesses, both in London and Hong Kong.  Most recently he was CEO, Global Private Banking and before that Antonio was CEO for the UK and continental Europe.  Before joining HSBC, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company in their London office and also at Goldman Sachs.  

Antonio Simões is a Trustee for the Prince’s Trust International. 

 

Pamela Walkden

Pamela Walkden, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

Pamela Walkden was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 October 2021.

Pamela is currently Independent Director of Banco Santander, S.A. (since 2019) where she is the Audit Committee Chair. She is also a lay member of the Welfare and Ethics Committee of the Royal Veterinary College and a member of the Advisory Board at JD Haspel Limited.

Previously, Pamela has served in a number of senior management positions predominantly at Standard Chartered Bank, including as Group Head of Human Resources, Chief Risk Officer, Group Treasurer, Group Head of Asset and Liability Management and Regional Markets, Group Head of Internal Audit, Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Group Manager of Investor Relations.  In addition, she served as an independent member of the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) Regulatory Reform Panel and as member of the European Banking Authority Stakeholder Group.

Pamela was appointed as a member of the Board Risk Committee and Board Nomination Committee on appointment as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

 

For further information on other principal appointments of board members to companies part of the Banco Santander Group, please refer to our latest Annual Report.

Compliance with CRD IV
Santander UK plc complies with sections 4.3A.5R and 4.3A.7R of the FCA/PRA Senior Management Arrangements, Systems and Controls manual. The Board members of Santander UK plc are regularly reminded of their duty to notify the Board of any changes to their external directorships, which are kept under review by the Secretariat department.