Meet the team.

Everything we do flows from our faith which makes us distinctly different from almost every other bank. We aim to place Jesus Christ at the centre of our business with the goal of seeing lives changed as a result of the work of the churches and organisations we serve and the profits we give away to good causes.

Executive Directors

Chris Sheldon ACIB

Chief Executive

Chris has had a career of 24 years in High Street banking including personal and business management positions before joining Kingdom Bank in 2002. He has served in a variety of roles within church life including as an Anglican Church Warden and Baptist deacon.

Matt Slack FCA

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Matt joined Kingdom Bank in July 2009 following various accounting and auditing roles within the accountancy profession and in commercial organisations. Matt worships at a local evangelical church and has served in various church positions including Treasurer and Independent Examiner.

Independent Non-Executive Directors

David Swanney

Non-executive Chairman

David Swanney is a chartered accountant, retired banking regulator, and non executive director, with practical industry experience as Director, Group Compliance and Group MLRO for a major UK banking group. He is the author of the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group’s anti-money laundering Guidance for the financial sector. After moving from the accounting profession, David had a twenty year career at the Bank of England, and latterly the FSA, mostly in banking supervision. His responsibilities included an appointment as Head of Division directly supervising a range of UK banks; responsibility for the Bank’s Enforcement activity against illegal deposit taking; acting as secretary to the Board of Banking Supervision; and running the UK Deposit Protection Board at the time of the BCCI collapse. In October 2000, David joined the Royal Bank of Scotland Group as Director, Group Compliance, from which position he took early retirement in late 2002, since then he has worked with the British Bankers’ Association, principally on money laundering prevention issues. He is also a non-executive director of a number of smaller UK banks and charitable organisations, and from 2006 to 2011 was a public member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

Sarah Pierce

Sarah is a banker turned entrepreneur. She began her career lending to UK Corporates and SMEs at The Royal Bank of Scotland, starting as a graduate fresh out of Oxford University and leaving a Director in their SME lending team, age 25, winning the national Professional Woman of the Future award in 2013. Latterly she worked at Praesidian Capital, an alternative lender. In 2019 Sarah launched Dynamic Boards to improve the dynamism of UK company board rooms through effective non-executive director recruitment. Sarah was shortlisted for the Sunday Times NED awards 'one to watch' category in 2019. She has lived in East London for 9 years and is committed to the work of the local church in serving the poor and in-need in her neighbourhood, particularly the homeless and recovering addict community.

Miles Buttrick

Miles is a Fellow of both the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. For 13 years he was on the Executive of one of the UK’s leading Building Societies. He is Chairman of the Bank’s Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee. A committed Christian for over 25 years, Miles is heavily involved in church life at Chipping Campden Baptist Church. He was a Member of the Council of Tearfund, having been on the Board for many years. He serves as a non-executive Director/Trustee for a number of charitable organisations.

Malcolm Hayes

Malcolm is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, Chartered Insurer and has a background in technical and general management. He has a particular emphasis on profit performance and efficiency improvement. His past experience encompasses M&A in unquoted companies, and he was a Director of Zurich Insurance Commercial UK. He is currently a Director of three other companies and a trustee of two charities. He is a member of the leadership team of Chipping Campden Baptist Church.

Your Savings Team

Samantha Paynter

Savings Assistant

Samantha recently joined the Savings Department after being in our Mortgages Department for over 2 years. She has previously worked for Kingdom Bank in the Insurance Department and has many years’ experience of working in Financial Services. Her passion is to serve the body of Christ in a way that would be pleasing to Him.She and her husband are committed members of a local Assemblies of God Church.

Anthony Browne

Head of Savings

Anthony took over as Head of Savings in August 2014. Originally from St Vincent, Anthony brings a wealth of experience to the team through working for Barclays in many managerial roles during his time in the Caribbean. He considers himself a facilitator, seeking to enable each member of his team to reach their full potential.On his move to Kingdom Bank he stated “There is a greater focus on the customer, we focus more on what we can do for the customer and how we can help, rather than what we can get out of them.”Anthony has been an active member of the Church of God of Prophecy for over 20 years.

Your Mortgage Team

Kirsty Gledhill

Mortgages Officer

Kirsty has worked in the Banking Industry since 2001 and has gained a wealth of experience in customer services and commercial/residential lending administration. Kirsty has been at Kingdom Bank since 2009 and has been privileged to work with both Mortgage and Insurance customers. Kirsty is member of her local Church in Nottingham and regularly serves on the crèche and worship teams.

Jackie Fuller

Personal Mortgage Advisor

Your Insurance Team

Barry Walker

Insurance Department Manager

Barry has spent over 38 years in the insurance industry and joined Kingdom Bank from Arthur J Gallaghers. He is married to Jenny and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. He supports Manchester Utd and enjoys walking and spending time with his family.

David Ellison

Insurance Executive

David has over 35 years’ experience as an insurance broker and has wide experience and in depth technical knowledge. He is married to Sandy and they are Leicester Tigers season ticket holders. They have 3 girls and the family are involved in leading worship.

Denise Coffee

Insurance Executive

Denise has been a broker for over 30 years having worked previously for Hogg Robinson; Aon and Oval. She joined Kingdom Bank in 2008 and has seen many changes and growth here at the Bank. She is married to John and they have 3 children and are heavily involved in their local parish church. Denise has been involved in children’s ministry; student work and community outreach with her church and she loves walking; travelling; theatre and reading.

Helen Watson

Insurance Executive

Helen is recently married to Simon and they attend Trent Vineyard church in Nottingham. Helen started at Kingdom Bank after completing a discipleship year at Trent and she is also involved in their charity called The Arches. She is currently undertaking her CII exams. She loves her cats and enjoys watching cricket and Wales play rugby.

Anne-Marie Browne

Administrator

Anne-Marie joined Kingdom Bank in 2013. She enjoys painting, crafts, classical music and sings in her URC Church choir.

Alison Maiden

Insurance Executive

Alison is involved with making grant applications to ensure, for the city of Nottingham, the future of the beautiful Victorian church where she worships. She finds peace in her garden.
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