Gary Sims is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Parentkind.
Gary qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG and following a period working in Life Assurance, focusing on Finance, Change, Risk and Integration roles joined Santander in 2003 (then known as Abbey) as Group Financial reporting Manager.
Following the acquisition of Abbey by Santander, Gary played a lead role in the finance element of the roll out of Santander’s banking platform. Gary has since worked on various operational and change programmes including Fraud Operations and Strategy, Complaints and headed the IT and Operations integration of the Bradford & Bingley Building Society following the acquisition in 2009.
Gary left Santander UK in April 2017 to pursue Non-Executive Director appointments on a more full-time basis. Gary joined the board of the Leicester based Discovery Schools Academy Trust (DSAT), which has been through significant expansion in 2015. He has subsequently added Non-Executive roles at the Parole Board, the Chelsea and Westminster Hostpital NHS Foundation Trust, and two Mears Group housing associations.
He chairs the Audit and Risk Committees for DSAT, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the Parole Board. Gary has a broad understanding of risk and governance in complex operating environments, underpinned by his core financial expertise.