Meet the Board

Our Board is responsible for directing and supervising the Society’s affairs, ensuring that we meet our statutory and regulatory obligations, protecting the interests of our members and uphold our duty to ensure that the Society maintains proper accounting records and effective business control systems.

Currently, our Board comprises two full-time executive directors and five non-executive directors. Executive and non-executive directors have the same legal roles, however, there are important differences between the two.

Each year, the directors are responsible for the preparation of the Annual Review, the Annual Accounts, an Annual Business Statement, a Directors’ Report and ancillary reports and statements.

Vernon Board of Directors

Michael Joyce

Michael Joyce | September 2019

  • Chair & Non-Executive Director
  • Michael has held a number of senior roles managing retail financial services businesses within banking. He also has an extensive background in financial risk management, covering several senior positions. Michael became Chair in January 2023.
Jenny Quirke

Jenny Quirke | January 2018

  • Vice Chair, Audit Committee Chair & Non-Executive Director
  • Jenny is a chartered accountant with vast experience of managing change and financial risk. Jenny has held senior roles with a major building society and high street bank. Jenny became Vice Chair in January 2023.

Ken Burke | March 2022

  • Risk & Compliance Committee Chair & Non-Executive Director
  • Ken brings significant leadership, strategic and risk management skills having held many senior banking roles; most recently as CEO of Ireland’s largest mortgage lender - AIB Mortgage Bank.
Paula Dillon

Paula Dillon | April 2020

  • Remuneration Committee Chair & Senior Independent Director
  • Paula was a commercial real estate lawyer for over three decades and the first-ever female President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce, on whose board she still serves.
Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson | October 2023

  • Risk & Compliance Committee & Non-Executive Director
  • Steve has over 20 years experience in leading digital transformations, sales and marketing and customer communications in large regulated businesses. Steve is currently the CEO of a successful fibre broadband business.
Steve Fletcher

Steve Fletcher | January 2018

  • Chief Executive
  • Steve has wide range of financial services leadership experience, having worked for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, Eagle Star, Birmingham Midshires, Woolwich and Barclays Bank.
Judith Aspin

Judith Aspin | September 2016

  • Finance Director
  • Judith brings extensive knowledge of managing financial risk, gained in senior positions in Treasury and Finance with the Co-operative Bank.