Part of the Santander Group (the largest banking group in Europe) and one of the UK’s leading systemic banks alongside Lloyds, HSBC, NatWest and Barclays. Santander acquired Abbey National plc, changing its name to Santander when it merged with Bradford & Bingley plc in 2010, then acquiring Alliance & Leicester plc later that year. Based in London but will hold most of its board meetings in Milton Keynes from 2023 when its new head office opens there.
For over 170 years we’ve been proud to play our part keeping the wheels of progress turning, challenging convention, and helping people and businesses across Britain to prosper. With a nationwide network of branches, award-winning products and services and an inspiring team of colleagues we aim to be there for our 18 million customers at the moments that truly matter. We have a big transformation programme underway to support our ambition to be a digital bank with a human touch, and with a focus on creating a culture of Belonging we are proud to be one of the top companies to work for in the UK.
You can find out more about the company HERE.
Board Meetings: 10 per annum, London, Milton Keynes, other UK sites, Madrid
Strategy Meeting: 1 per annum, London or Milton Keynes
Audit Committee: 5 per annum, London or Milton Keynes
Nominations Committee: 4 per annum, London or Milton Keynes
RemCo, Responsible Banking Committee, Board Risk Committee Each of these committees meet at least five times per annum in London or Milton Keynes
The Board Apprentice will be invited to all meetings but will be recused from particularly sensitive or legally privileged items
Anything relevant to what you would expect in a typical business would add value (customer service, marketing, sales, finance, legal, people, operations, digital retail experience).
No previous board or management level experience required but a knowledge of how groups of companies work (the interaction between boards and executive management, between subsidiary companies and a parent) would help you understand the complex legal structure of a regulated financial services company.
Enthusiasm and an interest in learning about boards and complex stakeholder management would be useful.
The necessary insight into corporate governance, accounts, strategic thinking and the operation of a board. Good literacy and numeracy skills, IT skills preferable (i.e. can use emails, Zoom, MS Teams etc although can support if necessary).
Yes. Because of the UK regulatory system being slightly different to that in the Channel Islands this role is probably better suited to someone based in mainland UK. Reasonable travel costs and accommodation costs will be reimbursed.
We will appoint a Board member as a mentor for their learning and development and point of contact for the Apprentice who can spend some time with them before and after Board meetings for clarification of any points the Apprentice is unsure about.
We are looking to support our efforts to positively impact our communities as well as strengthening our commitment to our Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) targets, and we aim to be responsible in everything that we do. We have a comprehensive sustainability strategy to ensure we make a positive impact in the communities in which we operate and an interest in the ways in which we improve this would be an advantage.
The Board consider diversity in all appointments and would be mindful of diversity aspects (including diversity of thought).
If you are interested in being put forward for this placement, and you fit the required criteria, please confirm permission for your Bio, CV and Board Apprentice Questionnaire to be submitted. Please also confirm that you have no conflict of interest with this Board.
A list of applicants, together with their Bios, will be sent to the Board for consideration (unless instructed otherwise by the Board). The Board will then draw up a shortlist of candidates whose CVs and Board Apprentice Questionnaires they wish to see and/or invite to interview. Please ensure that we have your most up to date Bio.