Board of Directors

Bank of Ireland (UK) has independent governance arrangements which take account of industry best practice. The Board of Directors comprises a mix of Executive Directors; independent Non Executive Directors; and Non Executive Directors from BOI Group.

  • Chairman - Robert Sharpe

    Robert Sharpe

    Chairman and Non Executive Director

    Appointed Chairman in April 2016, bringing over 35 years of Senior Executive and Board experience to the role, primarily in Retail Banking. Robert is currently Chairman at Honeycomb Investment Trust plc and Hampshire Trust Bank.

    Robert worked extensively in the Middle East, where he held several Non-Executive Directorships at banks in the UAE, Oman and Turkey. Prior to this, he led the transformation and turnaround at West Bromwich Building Society as Chief Executive Officer, having formerly been Chief Executive at the Portman Building Society and Chief Executive of Bank of Ireland’s business in the UK. His previous Non-Executive Director roles include Barclays Bank Pension Board, Chairman of Vaultex (UK) Ltd, George Wimpey plc, LSL Properties plc, the RIAS Group Ltd, Aldermore Bank Plc and Al Rayan Bank.

    Term of Office: Appointed in April 2016

    Independent: Yes

    External Appointments

    • Chairman and Non Executive Director of Honeycomb Investment Trust Ltd
    • Chairman and Non Executive Director of Hampshire Trust Bank
    Robert Sharpe
  • Executive Directors

    Des Crowley

    Chief Executive Officer

    Appointed Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in September 2009. Des joined BOI Group in 1988. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BOI (UK) plc in March 2012. In March 2000 he became a member of the Bank of Ireland Group Executive Committee, on being appointed Chief Executive of Retail Banking UK. Des was appointed Chief Executive of UK Financial Services, Director of Bristol & West plc and Bank of Ireland UK Holdings plc in January 2006. He was appointed Director of the Parent in October 2006, until his retirement from this position in June 2011. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer – Retail (Ireland & UK) in May 2009 and Chief Executive- Retail UK Division in March 2012.

    Des was previously Chairman of Post Office Financial Services and is Director of First Rate Exchange Services, the foreign exchange joint venture with UK Post Office. Des is also Director of New Ireland Assurance Company plc.

    Term of Office: Appointed in September 2009

    Independent: No

    External Appointments: None

    Desmond Crowley
     

    Neil Fuller

    Chief Risk Officer

    Appointed Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc and Chief Risk Officer in October 2015. Neil joined BOI (UK) plc from GE Capital UK, where he held the role of Chief Risk Officer since 2011. He has over 30 years of financial services experience, having previously worked for Royal Bank of Scotland & NatWest, where he held the role of Chief Risk Officer, UK Retail Division, and having previously held a number of senior management roles in UK Retail Banking across Credit Risk, Enterprise & Operational Risk and Operations.

    Neil is also a Director of First Rate Exchange Services, the foreign exchange joint venture with UK Post Office.

    Term of Office: Appointed in October 2015

    Independent: No

    External Appointments: None

    Neil Fuller
     

    Thomas McAreavey

    Chief Financial Officer

    Appointed Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc & Chief Financial Officer in March 2017. He has over 15 years’ experience in the Bank of Ireland Group, having held various senior management positions within Finance, including leading a range of strategic projects for BOI. Prior to that he held a management position within Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant.

    Thomas is also a Director of a number of BOI Group subsidiaries.

    Term of Office: Appointed in March 2017

    Independent: No

    External Appointments: None

    Thomas McAreavey
  • Non Executive Directors

    John Maltby

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in November 2015, and appointed Chair of the Risk Committee in August 2017. John is also a member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. He is currently Chairman of Pepper UK Plc and holds a number of Non-executive roles. Previous Board appointments include CEO and member of Transitional Board of Williams & Glynn, Chairman of Board of Lloyds Commercial Finance, Member of the Board Cheltenham & Gloucester plc, Chairman of the Board of Start Mortgages Ireland, and Member of the Board of Lombard Bank. He has also previously been Group Chief Executive of Kensington Group PLC, a specialist mortgage business and Group Director, Commercial Banking for Lloyds Banking Group. John has held senior executive roles throughout the financial services industry, including NatWest Group PLC, Barclays Bank PLC and Abbey National PLC.

    Term of Office: Appointed in November 2015

    Independent: Yes

    External Appointments:

    • Chairman and Non-executive Director of Pepper UK Plc
    • Non-executive Director at Simply Health Group Limited
    • Non-executive Director at Nordea
    • Non-Executive Director at NCS Trust CIC
    John Maltby
     

    Mimi Kung

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed as Director of Bank of Ireland UK Plc in November 2017. Mimi is a member of the Risk, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Mimi attended the Boston University School of Management (1998) and Oxford University (2003). Mimi has held various senior positions at American Express since 1995 including that of Chief Financial Officer of American Express Europe and, most recently, that of Senior Vice-President, Head of the “Card Services Central Europe & International Currency Cards” function, and country manager for Italy.

    Term of Office:  Appointed in September 2017

    Independent: Yes

    External Appointments: 

    • Non Executive Director at Poste Italiane
    • Non Executive Director of Prysmian Group

     

    Philip Moore

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in April 2018. Philip is a member of the Audit, Risk, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Philip has enjoyed an over 35-year international career in financial services comprising nearly 20 years as a CFO. Until 2017 he was Group Finance Director of LV=. Other previous executive roles have included Group Finance Director and subsequently Chief Executive at Friends Provident and a Partner at PwC based in London and then Hong Kong. His past Non-executive Director roles have included F&C Asset Management, RAB Capital, Wealth Wizards and Towergate. Philip is currently a Trustee and chair of the Finance Committee of the Royal British Legion and a Governor of Aylward Academy.

    Term of Office: Appointed in April 2018

    Independent: Yes

    External Appointments:

    • Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Royal British Legion
    • Non Executive Director of Codan A/S and Codan Forsikring A/S
    Philip Moore

     

    John Baines

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in 1 May 2018, and appointed Chair of the Audit Committee in May 2018. He is also a member of the Risk Committee. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and has subsequently spent his entire career working in financial services, initially in investment banking, before moving into wealth management and then retail and commercial banking. John has been the Finance Director of Aldermore Bank and also of the Co-operative Bank and has sat on the Boards of both businesses. Other Non-Executive Directorships currently comprise Audit Chair on the Board of Interactive Investor Limited, and Audit Chair at State Bank of India (UK) Ltd. He is also currently Chairman of Distribution Finance Capital Limited.

    Term of Office: Appointed in May 2018

    Independent: Yes

    External Appointments:

    • Non Executive Director at State Bank of India (UK) Ltd

    • Non Executive Director at Distribution Finance Capital Ltd

    • Non Executive Director at Interactive Investor Ltd
    John Baines
     

    Ian Buchanan

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) Plc in September 2018. Ian is also a Director for the Board of Bank of Ireland Group plc and the Court of The Governor and Company of Bank of Ireland. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Openwork, one of the largest financial advisor networks in the UK. Ian was the Group Chief Information Officer for Barclays Plc and Chief Operating Officer for Barclaycard until 2016. Before joining Barclays in 2011, he was Chief Information Officer for Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking (2009-2011), a member of the public board and Group Manufacturing Director of Alliance & Leicester Plc (2005-2008), and a member of the executive committee and Chief Operations & Technology Officer of Nomura International (1994-2005). Ian’s earlier career was spent at Credit Suisse, Guinness, and BP.

    Term of Office: Appointed in September 2018

    Independent: No

    External Appointments:

    • Non Executive Director at Openwork Holdings Limited
    Ian Buchanan
     

    Jackie Noakes

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) Plc in October 2018. Jackie joined Bank of Ireland as Group Chief Operating Officer in August 2018. In her role as Chief Operating Officer she oversees a range of services across technology, infrastructure and operations. Jackie has held a number of senior positions in the financial services sector, most recently at Legal & General (UK) as CEO of Mature Savings. Jackie also held the roles of Managing Director of Legal & General’s Savings business, as well as Group IT & Shared Services Director and Chief Operating Officer for the firm’s largest operating entity, Legal & General Assurance Society.

    Term of Office: Appointed in October 2018

    Independent: No

    External Appointments:None


     

    Myles O’Grady

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in July 2019. Myles joined Bank of Ireland Group in 2019 and became Director of Commercial Partnering, Ireland. He has held a number of Senior Management positions in previous roles in AIB, CitiBank and Bord Gais Energy and, most recently, the role of Chief Financial Officer at D|RES Properties. Prior to that he held a number of senior leadership positions as Director of Group Finance & Investor Relations and Group Financial Controller in AIB. Myles is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Certified Accountants, an INSEAD Certified Board Director and a member of the Institute of Directors Ireland.

    Term of Office: Appointed in July 2019

    Independent: No

    External Appointments: None