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Board of Directors

Alan Hughes, Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed to the Board in 2015. Alan chairs the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Alan has spent his career in banking, with 35 years of it at HSBC. He was a member of HSBC EU executive committee until 2004. He held responsibility for all products, service, pricing and marketing. He was Chief Executive of First Direct Bank, ran significant subsidiaries of HSBC and was a main board director of its commercial asset finance group. He was responsible for commercial invoice finance throughout HSBC Group.

Alan serves as Chairman of Equals Group plc and is a Director of Hitachi Capital (UK) plc.

Alan is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a prizewinner in the Institute’s professional qualifications and has taught banking. He holds an MBA from Henley Management College. He was a visiting lecturer at Warwick University and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

Deborah Hazell, Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the Board in August 2021.

Deborah has over 35 years’ experience in financial services, most recently as CEO of HSBC Global Asset Management (USA) and Regional Head of HSBC Global Asset Management, Americas. She was responsible for the day-to-day management of the US business managing in excess of $100bn in assets under management, and she oversaw the asset management businesses in Canada, Mexico and Argentina. She was also the Independent Trustee of HSBC’s US Mutual Fund complex, was on the Board of both HSBC’s US and Canadian asset management businesses, and is currently on the Board of Global Parametrics, a private for-profit social impact company specialising in natural disaster risk mitigation in emerging economies.

Deborah has a BA (Hons) in Social Studies (Economics) from New York University, an MA (Hons) in Organisational Psychology (specialising in Change Leadership) from Columbia University, and a Master of International Service (MIS) degree in International Development from American University.

Sandy Chen, Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in 2015. Sandy chairs the Board Audit Committee, and is a member of the Board Risk Committee.

Sandy has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, as analyst and executive. He has published a book titled “Integrated Bank Analysis and Valuation: A Practical Guide to the ROIC Methodology” (Palgrave, 2013), has advised the UK government on banking issues and occasionally appears in national media as a commentator on banking and financial issues.

Sandy is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Graphene Composites Ltd.

Sandy holds a BA ‘magna cum laude et cum honoribus’ in International Relations and a BA in Economics from Brown University (US) and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa academic honours; he also attended Phillips Academy Andover (US).

Jim Gunner, Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in February 2015. Jim is Chair of the Board Risk Committee and a member of the Board Audit Committee and the Nomination Committee.

Jim has spent his career in banking, most of it specialising in risk management.  He was senior executive for group risk at HSBC Holdings plc representing the group in international banking and regulatory forums and was a frequent speaker at industry events worldwide, in particular those hosted by the International Institute of Finance. He also held senior positions in the credit or risk functions in Midland Bank, HSBC (UK) and Merrill Lynch HSBC and represented HSBC at the British Bankers’ Association for many years.  He was also seconded as a consultant to the Financial Services Authority.

More recently, he has served as chair, non-executive director or governor at various NHS primary care and hospital trusts.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a prize winner in the Institute’s professional qualifications.  Jim holds a BSc (Hons) in Financial Services at the University, Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

Frances O’Grady, Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in September 2020. Frances is a member of the Nomination Committee.

Frances O’Grady is the first woman to become General Secretary of the TUC. She is a member of the Government’s National Retraining Partnership and a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England’s Court of Directors.

Frances has been at the centre of campaigns for equal rights for part-time workers and against low pay, and led on industrial policy arguing for a strategic approach to rebalancing the economy.

Susan Sternglass Noble,  Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in November 2017. Susan is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Susan joined the bank with a 30 year career as a global investor in financial services. She was a Commissioner on the Dormant Assets Commission, tasked with unlocking money for the charitable sector, and a Specialist Adviser to the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons.  Susan serves on the boards of Asia Dragon Trust plc, a listed investment trust, and Link Age Southwark. She is a Senior Adviser to the Investor Forum CIC and an active angel investor.

Susan has a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.S.F.S. from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Dominic Wade, Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board in 2020.

Dom has over 20 years’ experience working for global banks, undertaking a number of Managing Director level roles at RBS including leading their overall response to Brexit. He was also extensively involved in much of the bank’s restructuring work post the Financial Crisis, managing the Financial Planning and Regulatory teams through the de-risking of the Global Markets business, before running the groupwide Cost Reduction activity.  Prior to RBS he held senior positions at Credit Suisse, UBS, and Merrill Lynch.

Dom has a degree in Accountancy and Management Information Systems and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Alex Ryan, Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in December 2020. Alex is a member of the Board Risk Committee. He is Secretary to the Unity Trust Bank Pension Scheme.

Alex has over 20 years’ experience working in the Trade Union sector, and has worked with a number of FTSE 100 companies. In his role as Head of Pensions at Unite the Union, Alex is responsible for the operation of a £1billion defined benefit pension scheme and is an active voice within the pensions industry, particularly around Environmental, Social and Governance issues. Alex is also a director of Evolve Pensions Limited.

Allan Wylie, Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in 2003. Allan is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Board Audit Committee and chairs the Unity Trust Bank Pension Scheme board of trustees.

Allan has specialised in accountancy throughout his career gaining extensive experience in a range of industries and sectors; heavy engineering, retail, transport, education and white spirit distillers. Allan was Director of Finance at GMB Trade Union from 1989 – 2021, and played an active role in the general management, financial stewardship, investments, banking and asset management of the union.

Allan achieved masters with honours in mental philosophy at Edinburgh University and obtained his postgraduate diploma in Accounting at Glasgow University. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.





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