Chief Executive of Nationwide Building Society since April 2016.
Skills and experience (including directorships):
Joe Garner joined Nationwide as CEO in April 2016, inspired by the Society’s principle of mutuality and service ethos.
Consumer-focussed organisations have been at the heart of Joe’s working life. He spent his early career with consumer products companies, Procter & Gamble and Dixons Carphone. He was then invited to lead several large organisations, first as Head of HSBC’s UK retail and commercial businesses from 2010 to 2012, then in 2015 he became CEO at Openreach, the UK’s digital infrastructure provider.
Joe is a Director of UK Finance (NewTA Limited), and a member of the Financial Conduct Authority Practitioner Panel, having previously been its Chair from 2011 to 2013. He was also a non-executive director of the Financial Ombudsman Service from 2007 to 2010.
Since joining Nationwide, Joe’s mission has been to inspire colleagues to remain true to the Society’s social purpose; using the power of the collective to improve people’s lives. Joe is passionate about the purpose that we share of ‘building society, nationwide’.
Joe is Chairman of the British Triathlon Trust. He lives in South London with his wife and son.