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 Chair in April 2016, bringing over 35 years of Senior Executive and Board experience to the role, primarily in Retail Banking. 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, Robert 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, Chair of Vaultex (UK) Ltd, George Wimpey plc, LSL Properties plc, the RIAS Group Ltd, Aldermore Bank plc and Al Rayan Bank plc.

    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
    • Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Aspinall Financial Services Ltd
    • Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Metro Bank Plc
    Robert Sharpe
  • Executive Directors

    Ian McLaughlin

    Chief Executive Officer

    Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in December 2019. Ian has over 25 years of financial services experience, having joined the Group from Royal Bank of Scotland, where he held roles of Managing Director, Home Buying and Ownership, and Managing Director, Specialist Banking. Prior to that, Ian held a number of senior management roles at Lloyds Banking Group and Zurich Financial Services. Ian is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast.

    Term of Office: Appointed in December 2019

    Independent: No

    External Appointments: None

    Ian McLaughlin

    Thomas McAreavey

    Chief Financial Officer

    Appointed Chief Financial Officer of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in March 2017. Thomas has over 20 years’ experience in the Bank of Ireland Group, having held various senior management positions within Finance, including leading a range of strategic projects. Prior to that, he held a management position within PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Thomas is a Fellow Chartered Accountant. Thomas is also a Director of a number of Bank of Ireland Group subsidiaries, including NIIB Group Limited.

    Term of Office: Appointed in March 2017

    Independent: No

    External Appointments: None

    Thomas McAreavey
  • Non Executive Directors

    Philip Moore

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in April 2018, Philip is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination, Audit and Risk 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 Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP based in London and then Hong Kong. Philip’s past Non-Executive director roles have included F&C Asset Management, RAB Capital, Wealth Wizards and Towergate. Philip is also a Governor of Hart Learning Group.

    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 May 2018, John is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Committee. John 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.

    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 Non-Executive Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in September 2018. Ian is also a Non-Executive Director for the Board of Bank of Ireland Group plc and the Court of The Governor and Company of Bank of Ireland. He was previously the Group Chief Information Officer for Barclays plc and Chief Operating Officer for Barclaycard until 2016. Before joining Barclays in 2011, Ian was Chief Information Officer for Société Générale Corporate and 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:

    • None
    Ian Buchanan

    Jackie Noakes

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed Non-Executive Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in October 2018. Jackie joined Bank of Ireland Group plc as a Group Chief Operating Officer in August 2018. In her role as Chief Operating Officer Jackie 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 Chief Executive Officer 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:One Family Limited.


    Mark Spain

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed Non-Executive Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in December 2019. Mark is the Chief Strategy Officer reporting directly to the Bank of Ireland Group Chief Executive Officer. He brings over 20 years’ experience to this role since joining Bank of Ireland Group in 1998 as Director of IBI Corporate Finance. He has since held senior leadership roles as Director of Group Investor Relations, Director of Group Finance and UK Commercial Director. He has extensive experience and expertise in markets, accounting and finance, commercial strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and complex project management.

    Term of Office: Appointed in December 2019

    Independent: No

    External Appointments: None

    Mark Spain, Non Executive Director

    Peter Herbert

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in May 2020, Peter is Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Peter is currently the Chair of Zopa Bank, CreditShop Holdings and a Non-Executive Director of WiZink Bank. His past Non-executive Director roles have included The Northview Group and Tandem Bank, and previous executive roles have included Chief Executive of Tandem Bank and senior roles at GE Capital and Barclays.

    Term of Office: Appointed in May 2020

    Independent: Yes

    External Appointments:

    • Chair and Non-Executive Director at Zopa Bank
    • Non-Executive Director at WiZink Bank (Spain)
    Peter Herbert, Non Executive Director