Meet the trustees
Supporting local communities
Alison Avil (Chair)
Alison is a Chartered Physiotherapist and worked in the NHS for 24 years, most recently at Kettering General Hospital.
Alison is now Vice Chair of the local Sports Alliance group and volunteer secretary of Market Harborough Cricket & Squash Club and is a squash coach.
Howard’s early career was spent in a variety of industries and he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. He then moved into General Management, becoming Managing Director of a division of Aggregate Industries PLC. For the last 11 years of his working life he was Chief Executive of United Merchants PLC.
Howard is the Honorary Bursar and a Court member of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants which supports education in the building materials sector, the City of London and a variety of other causes.
Sally began her career as a journalist editing a number of best-selling magazines including Harpers, Good Housekeeping and Ideal Home. She then launched her own magazine publishing company and, latterly, an award winning content marketing agency.
Sally is Chair of Turn2us, a national charity that fights UK poverty. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Elizabeth Finn Homes Ltd, a company which runs 10 care homes. She is based in Tur Langton.
Ben was born and raised in Market Harborough. He has worked in the mutual sector since 2007 and was part of the Mortgage Department of the Society between 2014 and 2019. He has previous local volunteering experience as a member of the ‘Remastered’ Market Harborough Carnival Committee in 2018.
Anna was born and raised in Market Harborough. She moved away in 1997 studying first at the University of Kent at Canterbury and in Grenoble, France before beginning her career in London. She first worked for a National Charity before moving into lending, working for HSBC Bank whilst also studying to become an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Banking .
Anna returned to the town to raise her own young family, and began working in the Mortgage Team at the Society in 2012. Anna is currently the Lending Operations & Support Lead for the Society.
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