Having our say on the latest hot topics

Yorkshire Building Society can provide expert commentary and opinion on a wide range of personal finance, economic and building society sector topics. All the below spokespeople can be contacted via the Media Relations team on  pressoffice@ybs.co.uk*.

Introducing our spokespeople

Alasdair Lenman

Susan Allen

Chief Executive

Susan was appointed as Chief Executive at the Yorkshire in March 2023. 

She has more than 25 years' experience in financial services having held senior executive positions at a number of large retail banks in the UK. 

She has previously been responsible for leading and supporting colleagues in frontline teams to deliver a differentiated customer experience, and supported millions of customers with a nationwide network of branches and customer contact centres.

Susan is also a former Board member of UK Finance.

Jeremy Duncombe

Director of Mortgage Distribution and Managing Director at Accord Mortgages, our intermediary lender

Jeremy has been with the Society since March 2018, having worked in the mortgage market for over 20 years. He has worked in senior management roles for several lenders and distributers, and has also worked as an advisor and a broker. Prior to joining the Yorkshire he was Director of Legal & General Mortgage Club.

Jeremy is responsible for the external delivery of the Society’s mortgage propositions and is available for comment on a number of topics across the housing market, including residential and buy-to-let mortgages, service and distribution. He is also Chair of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA), the trade association that represents the views and interests of UK mortgage lenders involved in the generation of mortgage business via professional financial intermediaries.

Ben Merritt

Director of Mortgages

Ben has been with the Society since 2010, having first started out as a branch manager in the Society’s network. He now prices mortgage ranges for all our brands, and aims to deliver a range of options to help people get, and keep, a place to call home. He was appointed Director of Mortgages in January 2022.

He is a mortgage expert, committed to doing the best for customers with award-winning products, and is available to comment on a number of opportunities relating to the mortgage market, particularly first-time buyers and those with smaller deposits.

Chris Irwin

Chris Irwin

Director of Savings

Chris was appointed Director of Savings in January 2022.

Tina Hughes

Director of Marketing, Digital and External Affairs

Tina has worked in financial services for more than 20 years in various organisations. She joined Yorkshire Building Society in 2018 and became Director of Savings in May 2020 and was then appointed Director of Marketing, Digital and External Affairs in January 2022.

She is a consumer advocate and passionate about delivering relevant products and services to help people save for their futures and own their own homes.

For all media enquiries please contact the Media Relations team at  pressoffice@ybs.co.uk