Find out information about our directors

Non Executive Chair


Christian Brodie

Non-Executive Chair

Christian (Chris) Brodie joined the Student Loans Company in February 2014 as Chairman. 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 Chairman of UBS Investment Bank. Besides his role at the University of Sussex, he is Chairman of a Private Property and Investment Management Company.

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Chief Executive


Mick Laverty

Chief Executive and Accounting Officer

Mick Laverty was appointed Chief Executive of the Student Loans Company in January 2013.

Before joining the SLC Mick was Chief Executive of Advantage West Midlands - the Regional Development Agency for the West Midlands region - a position he held for nearly five years.

An Accountant by background, Mick has held a number of Leadership roles in the public sector and a number of non-executive directorships.

Mick is currently a Board Member of Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre.

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Non Executive Directors


Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell

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

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.


Willie Gallagher

Willie Gallagher joined SLC on 1 April 2010. Willie has a career in customer services and change management within the UK energy and transport sectors as Executive Chairman of tie ltd and Customer Services Director at Scottish Power plc where he dealt with volume processing for 3 million customers.

For the past 10 years Willie has been the Director of his own consultancy business Touchdown Services Ltd. He has developed a portfolio of non-executive roles and is also currently appointed to the Board of the Scottish Qualification Authority and the Court of Edinburgh Napier University.


Rob Kennedy

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.

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Executive Directors


David Wallace

Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Finance, Strategy and Corporate Services

David Wallace was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in February 2011, having joined the Student Loans Company as Interim Chief Operating Officer in 2010. David deputises for the Chief Executive and coordinates the day to day operation of the Student Loans Company when required.

He is responsible for student finance strategy and policy development with BIS and Devolved Administrations, assisting in creating and developing the Student Loans Company's role in the wider higher and further education landscape.

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.


Derek Ross

Executive Director of Operations and Customer Services

Derek Ross was appointed Executive Director of Operations & Customer Services in April 2014 and has previously held a variety of executive roles since joining the Student Loans Company in 1999. He is responsible for operational delivery of student finance payment services for the four UK Governments and Higher Education Institutions; as well as the companies front-line services and customer communications.

Before joining SLC he was a practising solicitor for 15 years in private legal practice and in-house. He is a member of the Law Society of Scotland and, in addition to his legal qualifications, Derek holds a Masters degree (MBA) from the University of Glasgow.

Derek also sits on the Board of the Darlington Local Strategic Partnership and is a Trustee of Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau.

Company Secretary


John Brown CBE

Company Secretary

John Brown was appointed to the Company Secretary role in July 2014.

Before joining the SLC, John enjoyed a successful career in the Civil Service that included a wide variety of roles in the Department of Social Security, the Inland Revenue, and HM Revenue & Customs.

John is a Chartered Management Accountant, has an MBA degree from the University of Glasgow and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management and the Institute of Credit Management. He is also a member of the Lay Advisory Board of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons.

In 2010, John was awarded a CBE in recognition of his contribution to improving leadership in the public sector.



Matthew Hilton

Director of Higher Education

Matthew Hilton was appointed Director, Higher Education at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2011.