NED Candidates CVs

The following people have expressed interest in working with AFM members, very often in a NED role.  Their CVs are provided (you will need to be registered and signed in to view them).  Note that inclusion in the list of candidates should not infer that AFM has undertaken any pre-vetting, or endorses their suitability.

Bridget Rosewell

Bridget has extensive non-executive experience in the mutual and public sectors and significant experience in the private sector. She has been Audit Committee chair both at Britannia Building Society and at the Department of Work and Pensions. A respected economist who has sat on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee and who is currently Chief Economist to the Greater London authority, she would be an excellent candidate for either chairing a with-profits committee or in the role as Policyholder Advocate.

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Richard Sear

A proven Chief Executive and senior director with a track record of business transformation and growth.

Geoff Shanks

Former CFO at MGM Advantage. 30 years industry experience in M&A, business integration, and risk management, serving on With Profits, Audit, Investment and Risk Committees. Current in Solvency 2.

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Steven Spilsbury

Non-Exective Director of Healthy Investment; previously Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Vernon Building Society and interim Chief Executive at two Benfield Group subsidiaries, who led, directed, and managed the strategy and supported the implementation of two start-up retail financial services businesses for the group, one of the world's largest corporate re-insurance brokers.

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Mick Stoner

I have long and extensive experience as both a Trustee of two pension schemes and director, chairman and Acting CEO of a friendly society.

However, I also bring similarly long and extensive experience as a trade union official at local and national level.

This has provided me with strong skills as a negotiator both in writing and orally,  and as a  communicator, both within the board room and on the platform at general meetings.

I can also empathise with, and thus communicate with, small groups of, or even individual, members.

These personal skills proved valuable in getting the CWFS Board's message to the membership during the recent merger with Foresters and particularly at the Annual General Meeting.

I am keen to deploy all of my extensive experience on behalf of other financial mutuals.


Educated: Coopers' Company's Grammar School 1957-62

1962-69 Various banking, shipping etc.

1969-80 Linguist operator Post Office International Telephones, during which Branch Secretary and District Chairman Communication Workers' Union

1980-2005 Senior Policy Advisor, Communication Workers' Union.

1985-2008 Trustee, Communication Workers' Union Staff Superannuation Fund

1993-2011 Director Communication Workers' Friendly Society

2006-7      Chairman/ Acting CEO Communication Workers' Friendly Society

2010- to date, Chairman Communication Workers' Friendly Society Staff Superannuation Fund

John Thirlwell

John is an adviser to boards in financial services on risk management and regulation, with over 20 years’ experience as an executive and non-executive director of banks, insurance companies and charities.  In those capacities he has led strategic change and negotiated at government ministerial and senior regulator level both in the UK and internationally. He is acknowledged as an influencer and communicator, and a published authority on operational and business risk, including being co-author of Mastering operational risk (Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2010) and author of articles on governance and risk for Mutually Yours.

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Andrew Townsley

An experienced Director with a strong commitment to mutual organisations, and a proven track record of growing financial services business. I also have a good understanding of corporate governance, strategy, credit and risk management and following retirement in 2016, want to utilise the skills and knowledge acquired to help other organisations in a Non-Executive Director capacity. In addition to my Kingston Unity main Board role I was a member of the Society’s Risk, Nominations and Investment sub committees and also attended Audit and Remuneration sub committee meetings. 

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Cary Wakefield

An experienced Executive and Non Executive Board Director with a successful career in FTSE, Public Sector and not for profit organisations in the UK and Europe Sector experience includes media, predominantly broadcast, but also digital, music and publishing and FMCG including food, drinks and over the counter medicines.

Drives ambition and performance where customer understanding, customer engagement and digital innovation are critical to accelerate business growth.

An expert in delivering successful rebranding and repositioning for leading brands in the UK and across Europe. Familiar with working in regulated environments. Significant leadership experience of large diverse teams and cross functional business projects. 


Mike Walmsley

I am an experienced Board Director having held/hold both Executive and Non-Executive Board positions on a number of Companies, both plc and private. They include the Financial Services Sector with aplc Company regulated by the FSA.

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David Williams

My company has been one of the main providers of compliance services to friendly societies for the last 14 years. I was deeply involved in the FSA consultation process which led to the formation of the Association of Professional Compliance Consultants. I now wish to move back from day to day compliance consultancy to use the experience I have gained at board level.