People

Board of Directors

Thamesbank’s governance and direction is made by its voluntary board members. The board meets on a regular basis and discusses a range of regulatory issues.

Mukesh Malhotra

Mukesh Malhotra

Chair

For over 30 years, Mukesh has played a role in the international corporate world in areas such as Risk, Audit, Compliance and Business Management, with such prestigious names as British Airways.
In more recent years, he has undertaken several, largely non-executive, roles with pension funds and within the Third Sector. Mukesh has a Master’s Degree in Management & IT, and also holds a specialist qualification of CISM – Certified Information Security Manager – issued by ISACA. With particular skills and experience in asset allocation and strategy, he has also acted as Chair of a Local Pension Panel which managed a fund selection in excess of £1.2 billion.
He has also presided as Chair to many charities and Third Sector organisations. In his “downtime”, through his involvement with the Hounslow Rotary, he has co-founded a project called “Rotary World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio”, which has helped to save over 16.5 Million children from Polio. He had been a Councillor & the Deputy Mayor Of The London Borough of Hounslow during 2017/18. He is married with three children, he has also become a grandfather of three.

Sarah Gardner

Sarah Gardner

Vice Chair

Educated to masters degree level Sarah is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

She holds an array of specialist qualifications including project management, marketing and change management.

Currently working as a Project and Improvement Manager. Sarah specializes in project and change management and has previous work experience in marketing, and has worked as an investigator.

Sarah is a mum of two, a school governor and is also a commissioned army officer (ACF) who has volunteered for over 13 years and has been awarded a Cadet Forces Medal.

Steve Laffey

Steve Laffey

Treasurer

Steve has been the treasurer of Thames Bank Credit Union for just over a year. Professionally, Steve is a project manager and chartered engineer with nearly 40 years of experience in the oil and gas processing industries. He has a MBA from Warwick Business School and a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance, coupled with strong commercial awareness and genuine business acumen.

He is also a member of the Honorary Treasurers Forum and well versed in the application of risk management.

He is married with three children and spends his spare time target shooting and keeping fit by cycling, Pilates and swimming.

Paul Oppe

Paul Oppe

Secretary

Paul has 35 years of business experience with large British and America multi-nationals. Roles include: financial systems management; internal auditor; project and programme management. Last formal employment was the re-organisation of London Borough of Ealing Adult Social Services to meet the new Personalisation Agenda.

Paul is very involved in Athletics with Thames Valley Harriers. A past Chair and team manager he is currently coaching middle and long-distance athletes, including Internationals and recently the Pole Vault.

Paul was Chair of Governors at Green Dragon J & I schools for many years.

Paul is married with three children and two grandchildren.

Nic Dowler

Nic Dowler

Director

Nic has a BA in Business Studies and has over 30 years banking experience specialising in leveraged finance and change management. Latterly he held a number of senior management roles at an international bank in the City. He has been a resident in Richmond-Upon-Thames for over 35 years and has recently been appointed a Trustee of Richmond Council for Voluntary Services. He is also a school governor and Treasurer of the local SW London SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity) Branch.

Recently retired Nic hopes to bring his banking knowledge and experience to Thamesbank as he believes that credit unions will have an increasingly important role to play in allowing people who have previously been financially disadvantaged to access the banking system in a fair and ethical way. In his free time Nic likes to watch a wide variety of sports.

Carys Haf Davies

Carys Haf Davies

Director

Carys works in London’s insurance industry. Her position as board member of ThamesBank Credit Union oversees Marketing and Business development.

Graduated with a Fine Arts degree, Carys has taken a different path following employment with global insurance company, Allianz. She has worked in the insurance sector for going on 7 years and now works for an MGA based in London. Economics, Innovation and Communication are her interests which have brought her to Thamesbank board.

In her spare time, Carys pursues her interest in the arts. She also regularly volunteers for local arts and heritage.

Hilary Ellwood

Hilary Ellwood

Hilary was trained and worked as a Primary class and Head teacher in London schools for over 30 years. In her spare time she volunteered on the Management Committees of emerging Housing Co-operatives across Southern England, particularly West London, working to bring empty properties back into use as family or shared houses. On retirement from education, she picked up her voluntary interest in co-operative organisation, working to support housing co-operatives and develop grassroots community activities. One of these community activities became Thamesbank Credit Union. She oversaw the training of the first prospective Board members, applied for the first registration with the FSA and still continues to provide the volunteer Board with basic administration support.

Hilary also belongs to a local choir, regularly attends West End and local theatre productions, is an active gym member and, these days, is able to develop her interest in different cultures and languages by visiting other countries.