Our trustees

Our 10 trustees have a broad mix of skills which draw on their experiences in the voluntary and commercial sectors. Up to three of our trustees are appointed by, and are employees or officers of, Nationwide. The other seven are appointed by the board following a recruitment process which carefully matches recruits with any skills gaps.


Terrie Alafat

Terrie was previously the chief executive of Chartered Institute of Housing. Prior to that, she worked at the Department of Communities and Local Government, where she became director of housing. Terrie is a trustee at Crisis.

Saphié Ashtiany (Chair)

Saphié is the principal of a small consultancy specialising in equality law, working predominantly with institutional and charitable bodies. She is a visiting professorial fellow at Queen Mary University of London. Saphié holds other trusteeships, including at Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and Equal Rights Trust.

Antonia Bance

Antonia has spent her career in charity campaigning and communications. Currently working as the TUC’s head of campaigns and communications, she was previously SafeLives’ director of policy and communications and has also worked for the housing charity Shelter, where she was head of campaigns.

Kit Beazley

Kit is chair of trustees at the Finance Innovation Lab, a charity which builds power to transform the financial system for people and planet. A chartered accountant, he has spent most of his career in financial services. He has worked in banking, insurance and the mutual sector, most recently at Triodos Bank.

Sara Bennison

Sara is leader of Nationwide’s Propositions and Engagement Community. Previously Sara has worked at Barclays Personal and Corporate Bank and had held senior roles at BT and for major advertising agencies in the UK and Asia.

Rob Collins

Rob is head of treasury markets and the chief investment officer in Nationwide’s Treasury department, with responsibility for the building society’s environmental, social and governance reporting. Rob is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and chairman of the UK Regulated Covered Bond Council. He also volunteers for Food Cycle.

Gill Leng

Gill is a national health and homelessness advisor at the Department of Health and Social Care and previous worked for Public Health England and NHS England in similar roles. She previously ran a housing, homelessness and health consultancy and worked with local government.

Judith McNeill

Judith is chief executive of the KPMG Foundation, which helps young people from disadvantaged UK communities to achieve their potential. Previously she was Comic Relief’s grants director, and director of philanthropy at The Mercers’ Company, and has held senior roles at Macmillan Cancer Support and WaterAid. Judith is a trustee of the Coutts Foundation.

Sarah Mitchell (Vice Chair)

Sarah is chief executive of Cycling UK, the national charity supporting people to enjoy the benefits of cycling. Previously she was the chief executive of Carers’ Network and before that she was head of private renting and housing development at Crisis. She was a trustee of Camden Federation of Private Tenants and is a trustee of Novus Homeshare.

Usha Prashar

Usha has been an independent member of the House of Lords since 1999. Among her leadership roles, she has served as a non-executive director of Channel 4, Unite, ITV and Nationwide Building Society. Usha currently advises Nationwide Building Society on diversity and inclusion and is honorary president of the National Literacy Trust.


Anya Martin

Anya is research and insight manager at NCVO, the membership body for voluntary sector organisations. She is also director of PricedOut, a campaign for affordable housing.

Anya attends board meetings of the Nationwide Foundation as an observer, rather than a trustee.