Meet the Team

Our friendly, Christian team members are experts in their fields and are here to serve you.

Leadership Team & Board Members

Paul Houghton
Chief Executive Officer

Paul joined the team in 2020 and leads the Bank’s strategic thinking and planning as it seeks to serve UK churches.

He has 20 years of leadership and management experience in financial and professional services, and inspires the team with his energy and passion.

Outside work, Paul sits on the Council of Oak Hill Theological College, chairs the Board of Governors at Birkdale School in Sheffield, and is an active member of his local Anglican evangelical church in Sheffield.  He enjoys walking in the Peak District, cooking, and messing about in boats.

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Matt Slack
Chief Financial Officer

Matt qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 and held various accounting and auditing roles within the accountancy profession before working in several large commercial organisations.

Matt joined Kingdom Bank in 2009 and, as a member of the Bank’s Leadership Team, oversees the Finance and HR functions.

He currently worships at a large church in Nottingham and has served in previous churches in a number of roles including Treasurer and Independent Examiner.

Matt is married with two sons and lives locally to the Bank’s head office.

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Philip Taylor
Chief Information Officer

Philip began his career in IT 20 years ago before progressing as a Chartered Accountant, holding Head of Finance roles in both charity and financial service settings. Following this, he returned to IT as a certified Cyber and Information Security professional.

As Kingdom Bank’s Chief Information Officer, Philip helps to set and lead the technology strategy for the bank, driving efficiencies and digital change.

Philip serves in his local church as the leader of the worship team and lead worshipper. In his spare time, he like to play guitar and piano, as well as drawing and sketching.

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David Kindred
Chief Risk Officer

David joined Kingdom Bank in March 2021 as Chief Risk Officer.  Over the last 28 years, David has developed a wealth of experience across risk management, compliance, anti-money laundering and systems, having worked at banks covering retail, SME, charity and private customers, as well as with a consultancy and a credit reference agency.

David is married with four daughters and is actively involved in his local independent Evangelical church. He also volunteers with United Beach Missions and is Vice-Chair of Trustees at The Lodge Trust.

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David Swanney
Chairman

David joined the Bank board in late 2014, becoming Chairman in March 2015.  A Chartered Accountant and retired banking regulator, he spent twenty years at the Bank of England.  For two years he was Director, Group Compliance, at a large UK banking group before working on money laundering prevention issues until 2018.

Over many years David has been a non-executive director of a number of smaller UK banks, and is a trustee of several charitable organisations. From 2006 to 2011 he was a public member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

David and his wife worship at a large, city-centre evangelical church in Cambridge.

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Miles Buttrick
Non-Executive Director

Miles was appointed to the Board in 2013 as a non-executive director. He is also Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (ARC). A qualified accountant and corporate treasurer, he has experience in finance, treasury, risk management and general management, the majority being in financial services. He is also a non-executive director and Chair of the ARC at a Christian insurance company and trustee for a pension scheme.

Miles is married with three adult sons and is a member of a Baptist church in the North Cotswolds. He enjoys sport and travel.

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Edgar S. Martinez
Non-Executive Director

Edgar was appointed as Non-Executive Director to Kingdom Bank in March 2021. He is currently the President and CEO of VisionFund International, a Christian microfinance network that operates in 28 countries and whose parent company is World Vision International. He has a 25-year international career in some of the world’s top institutions and brings rich experience across business strategy, finance, risk, and operations. Before joining VisionFund International, Edgar was the Global Head of Credit Risk for HSBC’s Wealth and Personal Banking segment.

Edgar is married with three young boys and has a passion for scripture.

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Richard Ellison
Non-Executive Director

Richard joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in January 2021.  He is currently the CFO of The Cumberland Building Society and has previously been the Deputy CFO and Chief Data Officer of Clydesdale Bank.  Prior to joining Clydesdale in 2011, Richard spent 14 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) as an auditor of banks in the UK and abroad.  He has well over 20 years of experience in financial reporting and assurance.  He is passionate about the positive role financial services can play in supporting business and retail customers and driving change to deliver this.  

Outside work, Richard is a keen sportsman who has failed to give up rugby (yet!) and loves walking his Glen of Imaal Terrier up Fells.  He is an active member of his local Anglican evangelical church in Cockermouth. 

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Ben Maruthappu
Non-Executive Director

Ben joined the Bank in 2021 serving as a Non-Executive Director, with a focus on strategy and technology. He is co-founder & CEO of Cera Care, the largest technology-enabled care company in Europe, in addition to serving on the Board of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He is also a Senior Advisor to Bain & Co, as well as a medical doctor. 

He is an active member of an Anglican evangelical church in London. He enjoys running, reading and watching a good film.

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Account Management Team

Garry Chulan
Head of Account Management

Garry is responsible for leading the account management department to ensure our savings and mortgage customers receive a consistently high quality of service.

Garry has been managing teams across the banking sector for the last 20 years, using his love for people to help him inspire his teams to deliver a great service proposition daily.

Garry is part of a city centre church in Nottingham, where he is an active member of the ‘Freedom in Christ’ team.

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Tricia Hole
Deputy Head of Account Management

Tricia has worked in banking for the last 30 years and brings a wealth of experience to her role at Kingdom Bank.

As Deputy Head of Account Management, Tricia is responsible, along with Garry, for leading the account management department on a day-to-day basis to deliver excellent customer service to our savings and mortgage customers.

Tricia is a member of a vibrant Anglican church in Loughborough, where she and her husband are both involved.

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Louise Wright
Customer Service Officer

Louise is responsible for supporting and building relationships with new and existing customers, as well as the day-to-day administration of savings and mortgage customer accounts.

Louise previously worked in HR roles and enjoys combining her experience in these areas to develop the work of the Bank.

She is a member of a church in Ruddington which she attends with her son.

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Iniobong Asuquo
Customer Service Administrator

Iniobong joined Kingdom bank January 2021 and provides daily support within the Accounts Management department.

Formerly a foreign trained legal practitioner with years of experience in the Legal, Administration and Education sectors, she enjoys using transferrable skills and knowledge she acquired in these contexts in her work for the Bank.

Iniobong, along with her husband are members of a city centre church in Nottingham.

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Funsi Ogunleye
Customer Service Administrator

Funsi is responsible for nurturing relationships with new and existing customers alongside the Account Management team. 

With a passion for the philosophy and ethics of personal finance, Funsi gained financial service experiences within the renewable energy, optical and automotive industries.

She enjoys meditating whilst sketching or painting scripture-inspired artwork to anchor her faith in Christ and express the glory of God. 

Funsi is part of a family parish, where community causes continue to encourage her involvement in generosity.

 

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Mortgage Team

Andrew Atkinson
Head of Lending

Andrew started in financial services in 1994 and has worked as a manager for two High Street banks for over 20 years.

As Head of Lending, Andrew is responsible for new lending to assist Kingdom Bank in fulfilling its vision of helping churches grow. He enjoys building relationships with customers in order to help them achieve their goals.

Andrew is Assistant Musical Director of a local choir, an active member of two choirs and is a regular worshipper at an Anglican church in Nottingham.

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Kirsty Gledhill
Church & Charity Lending Manager

Kirsty has worked in the banking industry since 2001, initially as a Customer Advisor at a building society. She then worked for an online bank before stepping into her first role at Kingdom Bank as a Mortgages Assistant in 2009.

In her current role as the Church & Charity Lending Manager she looks after new borrowers from the initial contact right through to the completion of the mortgage.  She loves working with churches and charities to see how Kingdom Bank enables them to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities.

Kirsty is a member of a Baptist church in Nottingham and serves on both the worship and tech teams. She enjoys photography and crafting in her spare time.

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Jackie Fuller
Personal Mortgage Advisor

Jackie has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector and supports customers seeking a personal mortgage. Her role is to ensure that you, the customer, get the mortgage that is right for you. She will give you full advice and help you through every step of your mortgage journey.

Jackie is a member of her local church and regularly helps on the children and youth teams to help share the love of Jesus with the next generation. She has a busy family life, but in her spare time she enjoys playing badminton for her local club.

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Irina Apopei
Lending Officer

Irina supports the wider Lending team, looking after the customers from the initial contact through to mortgage completion.

Irina is a Law graduate who, prior to joining Kingdom Bank in 2020, worked in Account Management roles and spent a year on the Ministry Experience Scheme with the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.

She is a member of a city centre church in Nottingham where she is involved in Student Ministry.

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Insurance Team

Barry Walker
head of insurance

Barry has been in the insurance industry for over 40 years and enjoys combining his professional experience in helping our customers whilst serving.

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family and walking.

 

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Alison Maiden
Insurance Account Executive

Working at Kingdom Bank allows Alison to express her faith authentically and to do things in the right way. She feels at home in the community of the Bank and those whom we serve.

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David Ellison
Insurance Account Executive

David has over 40 years’ experience within the insurance industry and, since 2013, has applied his knowledge working for Kingdom Bank. 

He is a deacon in a local Baptist church and he and his wife support the Premiership rugby club Leicester Tigers.

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Denise Coffee
Insurance Account Executive

Denise has worked at Kingdom Bank since 2008 and has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry.

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Robert Burton
Insurance Account Executive

Robert joined Kingdom Bank in 2021 and has over 25 years’ experience within the insurance industry, including several years experience recent helping charities with their insurance requirements.

Robert’s passion away from the office is working with the children at his local church.

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Helen Watson
Insurance Account Executive

Helen has been working in the banking industry since 2000, mainly in Fraud, Anti-Money Laundering and Police Liaison while also studying a Criminology degree.

She then took a year out to serve God on the Discipleship Year at a church in Nottingham in 2012/2013.

Following this year she came to work at Kingdom Bank in insurance and continued to study gaining a Certificate in Insurance.

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Marketing & Business Development

Hannah Oliver
Marketing & Business Development Executive

Hannah is responsible for sharing Kingdom Bank’s vision and product offering with the UK Church, as well as building fruitful partnerships with Christian organisations and individuals.

Hannah has previously worked in Marketing and Project Management roles and enjoys combining her experience in these areas to develop the work of the Bank.

She is a member of a city centre church in Nottingham, where she and her husband are involved in youth ministry. In her spare time, she can often be found in a local coffee shop or cooking something overly ambitious!

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