Graham Beale

Senior Independent Non-executive director

Date of appointment: 

1 May 2018

Contribution to the Boards:

As a chartered accountant, Graham brings extensive financial knowledge to the Board alongside his executive management experience, predominantly in retail banking.  This enables Graham to provide comprehensive input to Board discussions.

Relevant experience: 

Graham served as Chief Executive Officer of Nationwide Building Society, the UK's largest mutual institution and the world's largest building society from 2007 to 2016.  Prior to that, he held a number of roles across the Nationwide organisation including Group Finance Director from 2003 to 2007.  

In a non-executive capacity, Graham has been a member of the boards of VISA Europe Limited (2007 to 2011) and the British Bankers' Association (2014 to 2016). He was also Chair (2013 - 2015) and member of the Financial Conduct Authority Practitioners Panel (2011 to 2016) and Chair (2009 - 2010) and a member of the board of the Building Societies Association (2007 to 2016). 

In 2016, Graham was awarded a CBE for services to the Financial Services Sector.

Current external appointments: 


Committee memberships: 

  • NWH Board Risk Committee 
  • NWH Audit Committee 
  • NWH Sustainable Banking Committee 
  • NWH Nominations Committee