Paul Ellis To Step Down After 40 Years At Ecology

Paul Ellis, Chief Executive Officer

Paul Ellis has announced he is planning to step down after 40 years of involvement with the Society, 26 of which as Chief Executive Officer. He is the longest serving CEO in the building society sector.

Over that time, he has overseen an increase in assets from £18m to £226m at the end of 2020. With our strongest pipeline of lending ever, we are experiencing a strong interest in our sustainable lending solutions and we’re well-placed to support efforts to deliver a green recovery as the Government prioritises efforts to tackle the climate and ecological emergency in the run-up to COP26. Our environmental lending has never been more relevant as a progressive force for positive change.

We have commenced the recruitment process for a new Chief Executive and Paul is expected to remain in post until 2022 to support the handover process.

Paul commented as follows,

“I have had the great good fortune to work for an organisation whose principles and reason for being I passionately support. Indeed, with Ecology I have had the opportunity to demonstrate how balance sheet dynamics can be constructed in order to pursue the provision of sustainable finance. Nothing would have been possible without our members and wider stakeholders in the green building community, and I am proud to have met so many passionate people and experienced so many exciting projects.  I will be leaving Ecology with fantastic memories to continue the fight for a sustainable future through other means.”

Following the announcement Steve Round, Chair of our Board said,

I would like to thank Paul for his extraordinary contributions to both the development of the Society, as a member, then director and latterly CEO as well as the wider values-based banking, social and environmental finance, and green building community.

“Throughout that time his unwavering commitment to our founding members’ vision of applying ecological principles to finance to deliver a sustainable future has guided the Society from its early pioneering activity to our current position as a leading exponent of green finance.

“I am delighted that Paul will be remaining with the Society to support the handover process with his successor.”



Published: 20 August 2021

Author: Laura Baines