Corporate Governance




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.

  • Chair - Peter Herbert

    Peter Herbert

    Interim Chair and Non-Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in May 2020, Peter is Interim Chairman, Chair of the Risk Committee, Interim Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. Peter is currently the Chair of Zopa Bank and a Non-Executive Director of WiZink Bank. His past Non-executive Director roles have included The Northview Group, CreditShop Holdings 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
  • 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 and Vice-Chair of Hart Learning Group.

    Term of Office: Appointed in April 2018

    Independent: Yes

    External Appointments:

    • Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Codan A/S and Codan Forsikring A/S
    • Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee of Wesleyan Assurance Society
    • Non-Executive Director of Wesleyan Assurance Society
    • Non-Executive Director of Skipton Building Society
    • Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Royal British Legion
    Philip Moore

    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

    Alison Burns

    Non Executive Director

    Appointed to the Board of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc in January 2021, Alison is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Alison has held executive and non-executive roles within Aviva plc, including the position of CEO of Aviva Ireland. She has extensive financial services experience, gained in senior roles with Santander, Bupa, Lloyds TSB and AXA UK, and brings strong leadership and executive management experience. Previous Non-Executive director roles include Hastings plc, the direct motor and home insurance company.

    Term of Office: Appointed in January 2021

    Independent: Yes

    External Appointments:

    • Non-executive Director of RPMI Ltd
    • Non-executive Director of National House-Building Council
    • Non-executive Director of Equiniti Group Plc
    Mark Spain, Non Executive Director