Harpenden appoints new chairman

Roger Smith, chairman of Harpenden has retired, with vice chairman Michael Willis taking his place at the mutual.

Paul Marsden, chief executive at Harpenden, says: “Roger has been a director of HBS since 1981 and chairman since 1999. Since he joined the society we have seen its assets rise from around £8m then to approaching £160m today. He leaves HBS with strong foundations to further develop.”

Willis joined the HBS board in 1993 and was appointed vice chairman in 2000.