Aldermore Bank has appointed Romy Murray as non-executive director and Nicolina Andall as its first ‘apprentice board member’.

Murray has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services and oil industries.

She is currently a non-executive director at Nomura Bank International, chair of Banque Nomura France’s audit and risk committee and chair of the remuneration committee of Nomura Europe Holdings plc.

Murray has spent much of her executive career at Standard Chartered, including in senior positions in the Bank’s risk and legal functions, and started her career in the oil industry with Shell.

She is also an experienced executive coach and an ambassador for Women on Boards.

Aldermore has created the apprentice board member role to give aspiring and diverse talent first-hand experience of a commercial board, as an observer rather than a director.

This aims to provide an opportunity for those starting out on a non-executive career to develop relevant board experience in a commercial environment.

Andall has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer and has served on the boards of public and non-profit organisations.

She is currently in-house counsel for global engineering business Atlas Copco, and was previously a senior solicitor at SJ Berwin, responsible for construction deals in the UK.

Andall is an independent panel member at the Ministry of Justice and an independent member of the London Advisory Committee, assessing candidates for magistrate roles.

Pat Butler, chairman at Aldermore, said: “We are delighted to welcome both Romy and Nicolina to Aldermore.

“Romy’s extensive background in international banking and overseas markets will be invaluable as we seek out more avenues to innovate and grow our footprint in the UK.

“Nicolina is an accomplished commercial lawyer with experience in public and not-for-profit arenas.

“We were impressed by her achievements, her enthusiasm and her determination to build a non-executive portfolio.

“I am confident that Aldermore will benefit from her experience, and we are committed to mentoring her during her time with us, which we hope will be a springboard to a successful non-executive career.”

Murray added: “Having worked across the banking industry and being a small business owner myself, I know how crucial it is to provide tailored funding solutions to clients.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the experienced and respected Aldermore board.”

Andall said: “Aldermore has a great reputation for challenging the financial sector and developing people.

“I’m excited to start this new role and look forward to participating fully in and absorbing all aspects of the workings of the board.”