Current non-executive and executive members of the company board.

Non-Executive Chair


Christian Brodie

Non-Executive Chair

Christian (Chris) Brodie joined the Student Loans Company in February 2014 as Chairperson. He is a qualified solicitor, who has a wealth of experience at the highest level across the public, private and higher education sectors.

He is currently the Chair of Council at the University of Sussex and retired in July 2013 from the role of Vice Chairperson of UBS Investment Bank. Besides his role at the University of Sussex, he is Chairperson of a Private Property and Investment Management Company.

Non-Executive Directors


Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell

Non-Executive Director

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell joined the Student Loans Company in March 2011. She is a psychologist with a distinguished academic background specialising in research on leadership, identity processes, risk communication and military cultures.

She is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, having been appointed in 2001. As Vice-Chancellor, she is both the academic leader and chief executive of the university. Professor Dame Breakwell has served as a director, chair or board member for a number of organisations including the Higher Education Career Services Unit.

She has also acted as an advisor to a range of government departments, multinational corporations and not-for-profit organisations.


Michael Yuille

Non-Executive Director

Michael Yuille joined SLC on 1 April 2010. Michael is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience as a Director of Finance in the Higher Education sector. He previously worked with PwC and KPMG in accounting, auditing and consultancy roles.

Michael is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at Clydebank College of Further Education, and is a Non-Executive Director of Ypeople, a company set up to deliver support services to vulnerable people to improve their quality of life.

He has served as Chair of the British Universities' Finance Directors Group, and as a non-executive director of the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust where he chaired the Audit Committee.


Rob Kennedy

Non-Executive Director

Rob Kennedy joined the Student Loans Company on 25 June 2010. He is a qualified chartered accountant by profession and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, with experience in both the public and private financial sector.

Rob is currently the European Director of Finance at Optos plc, a listed medical device company. Prior to this he spent four years as the Director of Finance at Dundee University. Before joining the University Rob held senior Finance Director positions within both large private companies and international plcs. He also spent three years working for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant.


Antonia Cox

Non-Executive Director

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Simon Devonshire

Non-Executive Director

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Natalie Elphicke

Non-Executive Director

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David Gravells

Non-Executive Director

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Sally Jones-Evans

Non-Executive Director

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Chief Executive


David Wallace

Chief Executive

David's current role is Chief Executive as of 1 December 2015. Prior to this he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Finance, Strategy and Corporate Services in April 2014 following three years as Deputy CEO and Executive Director for Strategic Development and Change Management. Prior to that he was Interim Chief Operating Officer, having joined the SLC in March 2010.

A Chartered Accountant, David has previously held a number of senior positions within Abbey National plc and was Chief Operating Officer for Santander's Insurance and Asset Management Division. He was also CEO at one of the UK's largest domestic outsourced contact centre and business process outsourcing service providers and a founding member of the Scottish Government's Financial Services Advisory Board and its precursor, the Financial Services Strategy group.

David is currently a Governor of Court at Glasgow Caledonian University and Chair of its Finance and General Purpose Committee.

Executive Leadership Team


Derek Ross

Executive Director of Finance, Strategy and Corporate Services and SIRO

Derek Ross joined the Student Loans Company as an in-house solicitor in 1999. He was appointed to the Executive Board in 2003 and since then has held a number of executive roles and played a key part in many of the initiatives that have seen the SLC grow and develop into its current role.

Derek is Director of Finance, Strategy and Corporate Services and SIRO. His current portfolio includes Finance, People, Company Secretariat & Assurance Services, Planning & Policy, Corporate Communications and Partner Services.

Before joining SLC, Derek was a practising solicitor for 15 years. He holds a law degree from the University of Strathclyde, and an MBA with distinction from the University of Glasgow. He is also on the Board of the Darlington Partnership, an organisation dedicated to improving the local Darlington community and creating more opportunities for residents.


Jacqueline Steed

Chief Digital Officer

Jacqueline Steed was appointed Chief Digital Officer in September 2014.
She has previously held IT executive posts for British Telecom's Wholesale, Retail and Global Services, and drove the digital agenda for BT Wholesale .

Jacqueline is responsible for providing corporate and portfolio leadership to service our customers and the operation by providing a dynamic digital service, technical platform and change capability, to ensure delivery and completion of the Student Loans Company’s business objectives and Transformation Programme.


Paul Mason

Executive Director of Repayments, Counter Fraud & Commercial

Paul Mason joined the Student Loans Company as Executive Director of Repayments, Counter Fraud & Commercial in January 2015. His focus is on the delivery of a secure and accurate Repayments service for our five million customers.

Paul and his team are also responsible for facilitating future loan book sales for our stakeholders, reducing fraud and error across our core Assess, Pay & Repayment services and providing a robust commercial and procurement service for the Student Loans Company and its suppliers.

Before joining the Student Loans Company, Paul was Director of Operational Strategy for Saga Group PLC. He has spent 20 years in senior roles within financial services sales, service and credit management, including founding his own debt collection and contact centre business.

Paul is a volunteer mentor to young companies on behalf of the Prince's Trust - Youth Business Scotland.


Mark Cassidy

Executive Director of Customer Services and Operations

Mark Cassidy joined the Student Loans Company as Customer Services Manager in 1995. He was appointed Head of Programme Management in 2008, Head of Processing in 2010 and Director of the Transformation Programme in 2013.

Mark is currently Director of Customer Services and Operations and has responsibility for the Company's largest directorate. Mark's team is responsible for the successful payment of student loans and grants to more than 1.6 million students every year and tuition fees to more than 600 Higher Education Institutions in England and Wales. He leads a staff of 1700 across three sites in Glasgow, Darlington and Llandudno Junction.

Before joining SLC, Mark was employed in a number of senior operational roles working with Blue Chip companies such as Microsoft, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Ford and Jaguar.

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Company Secretary


Gary Womersley

Company Secretary

Gary Womersley was appointed as Company Secretary in December 2015, having previously carried out the roles of Senior Manager - Legal & Compliance and Head of Legal & Corporate Services. As well as being SLC's Governance lead, Gary's role also includes responsibility for Legal & Compliance, Internal Audit, Corporate Risk, Facilities Management and SLC's Secretariat. As Company Secretary, Gary is also a member of the SLC Board.

Prior to joining SLC, Gary has held various senior legal and management roles, in both public and private sectors, including SEPA Corporate Solicitor, Head of Public & Regulatory Law at Legal 500 leading firm Bellwether Green and Chief Executive Officer at Waterwatch Scotland, the customer service regulator and ombudsman for the water industry in Scotland. Gary has also held various senior non-executive roles, including Ministerial appointments, always with an emphasis on governance, scrutiny, regulation and compliance.

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