Leeds has appointed John Anderson CBE as a non-executive director.
Anderson joins the board, which currently consists of three executive directors and seven non-executive directors.
He was previously chairman of Mercantile from 1995 until its recent merger with Leeds.
Anderson, 61, is a prominent North-East businessman who has been active for many years in the private and public sectors and is currently regional Chairman of Coutts & Co private banking.
He also chairs radio stations Sun FM and Durham FM, Press Ahead marketing and PR company and Sunderland House Builders’ Forum.
Anderson has been involved with strengthening the links between the worlds of education and business for many years and was a founder trustee of the TEC National Training and Enterprise Council, chairman of Sunderland City TEC for 11 years and is currently chairman of the Tyne and Wear Education Business Link Organisation.
In 1996, he was honoured with the CBE for his services to education and training and in 2006 he received the Queen’s Award for personal enterprise.
Anderson says: “I am delighted to join the board of Leeds following the successful merger with Mercantile.
Leeds has an outstanding track record in delivering good value products to its members backed up by excellent service. I look forward to using my knowledge of the North-East to develop the Leeds brand in the region.”
Ian Ward, chief executive of Leeds, says: “This is an excellent appointment and I am very pleased to welcome John to the board.
We already have a successful brand in the North-East and the merger provides us with 13 new branches, which will enable us to bring our excellent products and services to more people. Anderson will assist us in developing our already high levels of professionalism, and enhancing our customer proposition further.”