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


Antonia Cox

Non-Executive Director

Antonia Cox joined SLC in March 2016. Her initial career was as a newspaper correspondent, leader writer and policy adviser.

She is currently a Westminster City Councillor and co-founder of Marylebone Boys' School, a Department for Education-funded boys' secondary.

Antonia’s role working with the Department and as a Councillor has given her experience in governance, scrutiny and strategic oversight.


Simon Devonshire

Non-Executive Director

Simon Devonshire joined the Student Loans Company in March 2016. He has worked for a number of prestigious corporate businesses across a diverse range of industries – from fmcg (Heinz, Spillers); travel (Thomas Cook) retail (The Post Office, Total petrol); and telco (Virgin Media, O2).

He ran the B2B division of O2 UK for five years; leading a team of more than 1,000 people; accountable for over €1bn revenue pa. Simon also helped create several start-ups, including the world’s first lending and borrowing exchange, and the social enterprise One Water.

Simon has a portfolio of business interests including being the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.


Natalie Elphicke

Non-Executive Director

Natalie Elphicke joined the Student Loans Company in March 2016. She is Chief Executive of The Housing & Finance Institute. She is a qualified barrister and solicitor and former international law firm partner.

She is an experienced non-executive director specialising in audit and risk committees. Natalie chairs the Board Risk Committee at a large building society, a senior financial services board responsibility. In 2014/2015 Natalie Elphicke led the UK Government’s Elphicke-House review jointly for HM Treasury and DCLG. She currently sits as an expert advisor to the UK Government’s Heseltine-Lewis Estate Regeneration Panel.

Natalie received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015. Natalie Elphicke brings experience of good governance, structured finance, consumer finance and risk management to bear on this role.


David Gravells

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Gravells’ joined the SLC is March 2016. He currently chairs Northern 2 VCT plc a listed venture capital trust providing capital to developing businesses. For many years he has been involved in executive roles, and consultancy and mentoring activities, assisting the senior management of a range of enterprises to move to the next stage of their growth. He has made significant personal investments in a number of businesses. These have included the CBC Group (food services), Stray FM (local radio), The Greetings Store Group (retail), Airedale Group (commercial kitchen and restaurant planning, design and supply), Yeomans Investments (retail).

Mr. Gravells is currently Chair of the Governors of the Grammar School at Leeds, and until recently he was also the Chair of the Association of Masters in Business Administration International Accreditation Board. A justice of the Peace on the North Yorkshire Commission, he was Chairman of the Harrogate magistrates Bench. He was Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board and Visiting Professor at Durham University Business School.


Sally Jones-Evans

Non-Executive Director

Sally Jones-Evans joined the SLC Board in March 2016. She is a retail banker by profession, with a focus on customer service excellence through all channels: the branch network, telephone banking, internet banking, brokers and collections.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Principality Building Society where she chairs the Remuneration Committee and serves on the Customer & Conduct Risk Committee, and serves on a Financial and Professional Services Sector advisory panel to the Minister for the Economy in the Welsh Government.

Sally has previously held Board appointments of a number of not for profit charities, sport and industry bodies.

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Chief Executive


Steve Lamey

Chief Executive

Steve Lamey joined SLC as Chief Executive Officer in June 2016. Mr Lamey had a long career at HMRC holding a number of senior roles, including Chief Operations Officer, Chief Information Officer and latterly Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner - Benefits & Credits.

Between 2000 and 2008, prior to joining HMRC, Mr Lamey was chief information officer and vice president of information management at the British Gas Group.

More recently, his interim roles have included serving as Interim Director at Equiniti, a specialist provider of technology, finance and administrative services in complex or regulated markets.

Executive Leadership Team


David Wallace

Executive Director Finance Strategy & Corporate Services, Deputy Chief Executive and SIRO

David Wallace joined the Student Loans Company in March 2010 and held the position of Interim Chief Executive from December 2015 to June 2016. David 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 the SLC David held a number of senior positions within Abbey National plc and was Chief Operating Officer for Santander's Insurance and Asset Management Division.

A Chartered Accountant, David served as a Governor of Court at Glasgow Caledonian University and Chair of its Finance and General Purpose Committee.


Derek Ross

Executive Director of Customer Services and Operations

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.

Currently Director of Customer Services and Operations, Derek has responsibility for the Company's largest directorate. Derek'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 1,700 across three sites in Glasgow, Darlington and Llandudno Junction.

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.


Chris O'Connor

Chief Digital Officer (interim)

Chris has held a range of executive level posts within the public and private sector and has delivered a number of complex technology programmes.

Chris 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 and Fraud in January 2015. His focus is on the delivery of a secure and accurate Repayments service for our five million customers.

He 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.

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


Bernice McNaught

Executive Director of Change & Programme Management

Bernice joined Student Loans Company in February 2016. She leads the Change and Programme Management Directorate.

Her responsibilities include delivery of the change portfolio, the definition and implementation of operational excellence within SLC, alongside enabling methods and tools.

Previously, Bernice was a Director with Deloitte MCS where, as a business transformation consultant, she led programmes of change across the private sector on behalf of clients.

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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