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Gary Cowdrill

Gary is a chartered accountant.  He qualified with KPMG before moving into the financial services industry where he worked in a variety of finance related roles for National & Provincial Building Society, Norwich and Peterborough Building Society and the Paragon Group.

Most recently, he has worked for West Bromwich Building Society. After having been head of the corporate finance and treasury operations for ten of those years, he was appointed Group Finance Director.

WBBS was a highly diversified business and Gary’s responsibilities extended beyond those of a traditional FD and included commercial lending, property investment, risk management, HR, premises management and he led the Society’s business development initiative into the professional sector.

He was also a member of the small team that had responsibility for strategy development and implementation. As part of his personal development during this period, he attended and graduated from the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.

He has great experience in corporate finance, treasury and structured finance and has worked on many acquisitions, disposals, new business initiatives and financing transactions.

More recently, Gary is now a non-executive director of medical insurer BHSF and, as a consultant, has provided finance and strategic advice to two property development companies and an IFA, and also to two financial service organisations seeking to achieve UK banking authorisation. He has also been a non-executive director of a Swiss private bank and has sat on the Birmingham Business Group of the NSPCC.

Outside of work, Gary is a keen long-distance runner and has an interest in motorsport.