Our Board and Management Team

Joanne Hindle


Joanne joined the Holmesdale Board in May 2016 and is serving on the Assets, Liabilities and Management Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.  She is a lawyer by background and has worked in financial services in a variety of roles for 30 years.  Her last executive role was as an executive director for 8 years for a major disability insurer. For the last 10 years she has had a portfolio career including serving on the board of, and now chairing, Shepherds Friendly Society and acting as legal adviser to part of the AXA Group.

Dean Fensome

Chief Executive and Finance Director

Dean joined the Society in November 2017 as Finance Director and became Chief Executive in April 2018.  Dean has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has worked in a number of senior roles in the UK and internationally with a particular focus on corporate finance and treasury.  Dean is a qualified accountant, a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.  He was previously the Finance Director of the Teachers Building Society and prior to that was the Treasurer of the International Banking Division of the Royal Bank of Scotland plc.  Dean is married with two daughters and lives in Reigate.

Keith Halstead

Keith Halstead

Non-Executive Director

Keith is a Chartered Accountant living in Epsom, Surrey and recently retired as a partner with Kingston Smith LLP Chartered Accountants, a top 20 accountancy firm.  He specialised in family financial planning and tax planning for a wide variety of individuals and owner-managed businesses.  He joined the Board in February 2005.  Keith was previously Chairman of the Society’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.  He is married with a daughter at university and a son at a local school.

Malcolm Himsworth

Chairman of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Malcolm is a chartered accountant with his early development at Coopers & Lybrand in the UK and Australia.  Subsequently, his career as Chief Auditor at National Australia Bank, NatWest and Barclays lead to senior roles in risk and compliance.  He has wide experience as an interim executive in financial services and was Head of Audit for a small City bank.  Focused solely on his non-executive roles, he is Chair of the Audit Committee at CAF Bank, owned by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and a member of CAF's Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee.  He joined our Board in September 2017 and is currently Chairman of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Mike McDermott

Executive Director

Mike joined the Board in October 2015 and was interim Chairman between January and July 2016.  He has previously chaired the Assets Liabilities and Management Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and is currently working in an executive role.  Mike has worked in senior management roles with building societies for more than thirty years including twelve years as Chief Executive.  More recently, Mike has provided support to a number of Building Societies and other financial services firms and currently works as a Business Adviser providing advice and support to small and medium sized businesses.

Mark Myers

Chairman of the Assets, Liabilities & Management Committee

Mark has had a career of over 30 years in financial services and until December 2016 was Chief Executive of British Friendly Society.  Prior to this, he was Director of Partnerships at Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society and before that had a long career with Lloyds TSB Group.  Mark is now concentrating on having a number of non-exec roles and these include roles at Direct Life and Pensions and the Jockey Club Racecourses Committee.  He is also a strategic adviser to LGT Vestra and a Governor at Kings School Ely.  He joined the Board in August 2017 and is currently Chairman of the Assets Liabilities & Management Committee.

Jan Smith

Senior Independent Director and Chair of Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Jan joined the Holmesdale Board in May 2016.  She is a Strategy, Marketing and Customer Service specialist with extensive experience in the financial services sector at Board level for First Direct, TSB, and LV=.  For the last 19 years, she has run her own strategic marketing consultancy.  Jan is a Non-Executive Director at Which? Financial Services Limited.  She is also a Trustee and Council member at AQA and a non-Executive director at the Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust.  She was previously Vice Chairman/Senior Independent Director at Saffron Building Society.

2018 Meeting Dates