Jackie Didcock, the Skipton Building Society’s regional manager for intermediaries, has announced her retirement.
Didcock )pictured) has spent almost two decades working for Skipton, including winning the Society’s Leader of the Year award in 2016, and has been instrumental in delivering Skipton’s intermediary strategy.
She joined the society as branch manager in 1997, progressed to area manager and eventually moved into Skipton’s intermediaries arm in roles including BDM, regional manager and in 2009 became acting head of intermediaries.
After a spell with mortgage sourcing software provider Mortgage Brain, she returned to Skipton as regional manager for intermediaries.
Didcock said: “Skipton has really been a fabulous place to work and I’m excited about the future for the business, my team and my colleagues. I have had some really fun times and made fantastic memories and friends.
“Developing my team has been one of my greatest pleasures and successes and winning Leader of the Year for 2016 was a big achievement and a proud moment in my career.
“Skipton has really excelled at putting broker relationships at the heart of what we do. Relationships are key and by working closely with our key lending partners we are able to offer great outcomes for brokers and customers alike.
“I would not have able to achieve my goals without the support of my family and particularly my husband, Ray, and I’d like to thank Skipton’s recently retired director of intermediaries Paul Darwin who changed my way of thinking, motivated me and shared his wealth of knowledge over the years we worked together.”
Didcock’s successor as Skipton regional manager for intermediaries is Alison Heaven who has worked in financial services for 29 years and has held a variety of roles.
Heaven said: “I’ll be looking to develop the team into building deeper relationships with their brokers, and I’m also looking to add value to both brokers and the Society. At Skipton we really do pride ourselves on offering brokers, and their clients, great service, products and innovations.”