The chief executive of the Tipton and Coseley Building Society has been appointed as chair of the Midlands and West Association of Building Societies.
Chris Martin will take up the role at the oldest regional association of building societies in the UK, originally established in 1920 with the Tipton as one of its founding members.
The association consists of 19 building societies located across the Midlands and South West regions of the UK as well as Wales. Its members include the Coventry Building Society, the Nottingham Building Society, the Principality Building Society and the Dudley Building Society.
Midlands and West Association of Building Societies (MAWABS) members meet on a bimonthly basis to discuss building society issues and feed back thoughts and opinions from the region to the industry trade association, the Building Societies Association.
This is the second time that Chris Martin, who has been chief executive of the Tipton since 1987, has been appointed as chairman of MAWABS having previously held the position before in 1991.
He said: “Building societies have weathered the economic storm extremely well and I look forward to working closely alongside fellow MAWABS members in order to ensure that the government recognises how important building societies are to the housing and savings market.”
The Tipton and Coseley Building Society was founded in 1901 in the offices of a local solicitor, and today has its head office in Tipton with branches in Coseley, Bilston and Sedgley.