Alan Cook

Alan Cook

Alan has extensive experience in financial services and public service in the UK and elsewhere.

Alan is the former Managing Director of the Post Office, where he transformed the loss making organisation back into profit through cost reduction and growth in personal financial services, as the (former) Chief Executive of the National Savings and Investments he instigated a major modernisation and growth strategy. After three years of declining growth (1999-2002), NS&I grew from £61.8 to billion (October 2002) to £71.6 (November 2005), under Alan’s guidance and through his diligence the tax payer saved £514 million over the two years (2003/04 and 2004/05) and before leaving to head off to the TSB group he introduced a successful five year growth strategy .

Until recently, he was the chairman of the Highways Agency in England and a Non-Executive Director of the UK Department of Transport. Alan serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sainsbury's Bank Plc.

Alan is now the Chairman of the permanent TSB Group, Ireland’s third largest retail bank, as Chairman Alan is again leading an organisation that is open to public scrutiny.

Alan also volunteers his time as chairman of the University of Bedfordshire and chairman of Action for ME, the leading UK Charity supporting those suffering from ME/CFS.

In presentations Alan argues that the popular tendency to expect ‘less for less’ is too defeatist. Even in the face of severe cuts, with ambition it is possible to achieve ‘more for less.’ there’s always a way of increasing productivity. He underlines the difference between competent management and outstanding leadership.

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