Richard Fearon, the Leeds Building Society’s deputy chief executive, has been appointed to Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) Yorkshire and Humber advisory board.
BITC is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes that understand the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent.
As part of Fearon’s role on the advisory board, he will provide advice and guidance to BITC, act as an ambassador for the organisation and champion responsible business in the region.
Fearon (pictured) said: “We have a strong positive culture of doing the right thing and we believe businesses can and must consider the wider value they bring to customers, employees, communities and other stakeholders. BITC has championed this way of business for the last thirty years and I’m looking forward to playing a part.
“My role on the advisory board will enable me to use my experience to assist BITC in its aim of further encouraging responsible business practices in our region.
“At Leeds Building Society we have made significant progress in this area – achieving Carbon Trust Standard for Carbon, receiving Fair Tax accreditation in December 2018 and continuing to invest in the communities in which we operate through our successful volunteering programme and the Leeds Building Society Foundation – all with the help of our members and colleagues.”
Liz Needleman, director of operations at BITC, said: “I am delighted that Richard is joining Business in the Community’s Yorkshire & Humber advisory board. Leeds Building Society has a strong history of investing in the communities where it operates, and this experience and insight will be hugely valuable in helping the board drive responsible business across the region.”
Fearon joined the Leeds Building Society in February 2016 as chief commercial officer with responsibility for the Society’s strategy and direction across customer and digital, product development, as well as direct and intermediary distribution.
He will succeed Peter Hill as Leeds Building Society’s CEO in February 2019.