New chief executive at Newcastle Building Society as Jim Willens steps down

Chief operating officer Andrew Haigh to take top spot at Newcastle Building Society, after 20 years working in the sector

Andrew Haigh, new chief executive at Newcastle Building Society
Andrew Haigh, new chief executive at Newcastle Building Society

A new chief executive has been appointed at Newcastle Building Society.

Andrew Haigh, who has been chief operating officer at the business since January 2014, will take on the new role on May 1, following Jim Willens’ decision to step back from full-time executive work after five years at the helm.

Mr Haigh, who is from Yorkshire but now lives in the North East, has considerable experience in business, gained over 20 years in the mutual sector.

Following a number of marketing and customer service roles with British Airways, Barclays and National & Provincial Building Society, he went on to become chief executive of Engage Mutual Assurance, a post he held for more than 10 years.

Chief executive of the Newcastle Building Society Jim Willens
Chief executive of the Newcastle Building Society Jim Willens

Newcastle Building Society chairman Phil Moorhouse said: “Andrew brings significant experience of the mutual sector to our business, as well as a strong customer focus.

“Having also been with the Society for more than 15 months he has a solid understanding of our strategy and ambitions moving forward and is ideally placed to lead the company.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Jim on behalf of the board for his expert guidance in helping to direct the business over the past five years.

“His expertise and prudent leadership, over what has been a difficult recession for the UK, has helped our Society make continued and steady progress, which has created a great foundation upon which to build and strengthen our organisation further.”

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