Our team

We are fortunate to have a dynamic executive team with deep experience gained in range of financial services companies and leading firms in other industries.

The Bank is led by a respected and dynamic executive team with deep experience gained in both financial services and other sectors.

Aldermore’s original founder, Phillip Monks, remains at the Bank as our Group CEO. Phillip heads an experienced team of individuals who have joined Aldermore to lead us on our exciting journey.

Phillip Monks - Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for the overall strategy and performance of Aldermore, Phillip was part of the team which founded the Bank in 2009 and has over 30 years’ industry experience. He established Europe Arab Bank where he was CEO until 2008. Prior to this, Phillip held senior roles within Barclays Bank PLC, including CEO of Gerrard Investment Management from 2003, Managing Director of Barclays Corporate Banking in London, the Midlands and South East and Head of Barclays Private Bank in Geneva.

James Mack - Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for Finance and Treasury, James joined Aldermore in June 2013. From 2010, he held a number of senior finance roles within the Co-operative Banking Group including Acting CFO, Director of Financial Control and Head of Financial Planning and Analysis. Prior to this, James spent 6 years with the Skipton Building Society and was instrumental in leading the merger with the Scarborough Building Society. He started his career with KPMG where he spent 11 years in the firm’s Financial Services Audit practice.

Dana Cuffe - Chief Operating Officer

Responsible for CIO, Group Operations and Transformation and Change, Dana joined Aldermore in May 2016. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial services and, prior to joining Aldermore, served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for RenaissanceRe in Bermuda and was Head of Operations in Ireland. Prior to that, he spent three years as Chief Information Officer of Egg PLC, at the time the largest online bank, taking the organisation through an IPO and growing the customer base to over three million. Dana has also held senior IT positions with Credit Suisse, Citibank and Bank of America.

Carl D’Ammassa - Group Managing Director – Business Finance

Responsible for Aldermore’s business lending activity through the Asset Finance and Invoice Finance businesses, Carl joined the Bank in October 2013 having previously held the position of Managing Director of Hitachi Capital Business Finance. Through Carl’s career, he has worked in a number of challenging turnaround or transformational situations leading significant sales, operational and process improvements. Carl started his financial services career at GE Capital holding various financial, operational and general management positions in GE’s Equipment Finance, Equipment Services and Restructuring divisions, including the post of CEO of the vehicle rental, plant hire and Key Leasing businesses.

Rob Divall - Group HR Director

Rob joined Aldermore in 2016 from the Board of AdviserPlus Business Solutions Limited, a leading provider of HR managed services, and is responsible for our Group HR function and the delivery of the people elements of our strategy and performance. Leading strategy and product development, Rob played a key commercial role in the growth of his previous employer through to its eventual acquisition goal. Prior to this Rob held a variety of HR leadership positions in his eight years with Lloyds Banking Group PLC, including HR Director for the Branch Network and also HR Director for General Insurance. Before Lloyds, Rob worked with Accenture PLC leading change programmes within the HR outsourcing division, having started the first decade of his career in retail where he held a number of senior HR and commercial roles in The Big Food Group PLC and Boots the Chemists Limited.

Charles Haresnape - Group Managing Director – Mortgages

Responsible for Residential and Commercial Mortgages and Property Development, Charles joined Aldermore in January 2011 from one of the UK’s largest estate agency groups, Connells, where he was Group Mortgage Services Director. Prior to Connells, Charles was responsible for intermediary mortgage lending at both NatWest and RBS, plus the branch mortgage sales force within NatWest. He has worked for a number of other household names in the banking and building society sectors, including Nationwide and HBOS where he was Senior Executive, Mortgage Sales and Acquisitions and Managing Director, Intermediary Mortgages, respectively.

Paul Myers - Group Corporate Development Director

Responsible for the Savings division, Strategy, Corporate Affairs, Digital and Marketing, Paul was part of the team which founded Aldermore in 2009. Prior to this, he was engaged as an independent consultant with several blue-chip financial services companies. Paul spent over 20 years in various roles with Barclays Bank PLC, including Chief Operating Officer of Business Banking, COO of Small Business & Business Direct, E-Channels Director of Business Banking and Barclaycard Corporate and Marketing Director of Small Business

Christine Palmer - Chief Risk Officer

Responsible for Credit, Operational and Treasury Risk as well as Compliance, Christine joined Aldermore in 2016 from the Royal Bank of Scotland. Her career at RBS spanned almost 14 years, during which time she held a number of senior positions in the Risk function covering credit risk and divisional risk officer roles. She was most recently Global Head of Operational Risk and Director of Risk, Services. With over 28 years’ experience in risk management, corporate and commercial banking, Christine has also worked at ING Bank, where she spent eight years across London and Amsterdam, ABN Bank and Ernst & Young.