Area of particular interest on the panel
Mark Chidley is currently standing in as Chair of the Panel until a new Chair is appointed.
Given his legal, banking and access to finance experience, Mark aims to contribute in particular to the issues facing SMEs as consumers of financial services products.
Role outside the panel
As a solicitor, Mark specialised in the law of banking and finance. From 2005 to 2015 he was a partner (and latterly a consultant) with DLA Piper. Mark has a deep understanding of corporate and retail banking and a particular interest in access to finance in the SME sector.
Since November 2016, Mark has been the SME customer representative on the steering group of the Open Banking Implementation Entity.
Positions held in the past
After training with Slaughter and May in London he moved to Leeds and spent many years as a partner with the law firm which is now Addleshaw Goddard, becoming both a member of its board and head of its national banking and financial services practice.
From 2002 to 2005 he was the Director of Group Legal Services with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Edinburgh, where he was responsible for a large team of in-house lawyers dealing with RBS's business as usual banking activities globally.
Between 2009 and 2016 Mark was a non-executive director of North East Access to Finance Limited, a company closely involved in access to finance issues for small and medium-sized businesses in the north east of England.