SKIPTON Building Society has announced the appointment of Stuart Haire as its new group chief executive.

Stuart is currently the CEO of Wealth and Personal Banking at HSBC UK. Subject to regulatory approval, Stuart will join the Society at the end of the year.

In a career spanning over 20 years he has held executive leadership roles across a variety of functions within financial services. From working at RBS as director of financial strategy and analysis, and later its chief risk officer, through to being HSBC’s head of customer value management accountable for customer, commercial and risk targets across HSBC UK, First Direct and John Lewis Financial Services.

His career incorporates a strong blend of strategy, marketing, risk and business leadership across different financial services channels and functions.

Ian Cornelius, Skipton’s interim group chief executive will remain in role until December 31. He has been at the helm since former CEO David Cutter stepped down from the role in April after 30 years with the society.

Gwyn Burr, chair of Skipton Building Society, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Stuart to Skipton. He’ll be joining us in our 170th year and his leadership and vision is exactly what we need for the next chapter of our long and proud history. And I’d like to thank Ian Cornelius for his first-rate stewardship of the business over the past few months and through to the end of the year.

“Stuart will be joining Skipton and the parent organisation to a significant group which includes the UK’s largest estate agency Connells. As a business we have consistently been here, supporting our members through the good times and the less so. And as we face into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead our priority will always remain our members and meeting their financial needs. I’m pleased to welcome Stuart and his vast skills and experience to the team.”

Stuart added: “I am hugely excited and humbled to take on this role at a very important time for the Society. Skipton contains a fabulous group of businesses and a proud mutual status.

“My job will be to continue the work to modernise the businesses and make it even more relevant for existing and new members as they consider their longer-term financial needs and aspirations. I’m very much looking forward to joining the Society, meeting the teams, and leading the Group through this exciting new phase.”