Meet the… Executive!

In these remote times, let us introduce you to some of our exceptional team members. This month, it’s time to meet our Executive Directors and learn a little bit more about them.

.               Stephen Penlington                                             Angela Kos                                       Kim Roby


  1. What are your roles here at the Chorley and how long have you been with us?

SP: I am the CEO and an Executive Director of the Society. I started with the Chorley in 2005 and will celebrate 16 years this November.

AK: Finance Director since 2013, however started with the Society in June 1999 (over 22 years ago!) as a Trainee Accountant.

KR: My role is Customer Service Director and I’ve been with Chorley for just over 15 years now.

  1. What is your favourite hobby / pastime – what do you do to relax after work?

SP: When I was young it was martial arts. I practised many different styles such as Shotokan, Tang Soo Do and Aikido. A terrific way to stay fit and healthy but these days it is much more sedentary. At the moment I am learning the Thai language and currently part way through a 10 week online course.

AK: With limited spare time, 3 busy teenagers on the go! When I get chance, I enjoy yoga, socialising/entertaining with friends/family and little gardening too.

KR: There’s not a huge amount of spare time with work and 3 little ones but I love going to the gym and walking our puppy.

  1. What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?

SP: An astronaut in those exciting days when NASA was achieving incredible things with the Apollo programme and the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing

AK: A Secretary, so much so my parents bought me a type writer for a Christmas present.

KR: A policewoman was my dream job!

  1. What was your first ever job?

SP: Working as a graduate trainee with the Halifax Building Society.

AK: Working in a hairdresser’s salon sweeping and washing hair and making cups of coffee.

KR: I worked in a stationary shop as a weekend job when I was 17 for a few years – I actually met my now-husband there!

  1. Where is your favourite holiday destination?

SP: Thailand. Incredible scenery, climate and food, where I met my wife Ann and the place I hope to retire to.

AK: Cornwall

KR: This is a bit of a love or hate destination I think but I was lucky enough to go to Las Vegas and absolutely loved it – such a unique place and I can’t wait to go back one day

  1. Tell us about your family

SP: I am married to Ann and have 3 boys, David. Jake and Ben. I also have 2 very mischievous cats, Georgie and Lilly.

AK: I was married in 1999 to Dean and we have three children, Lewis (19), Mitchell (16) and Fallon (12). We also have Polly the dog (3) who is a small Bichon who thinks she’s much larger and very fierce!

KR: I’ve been married to Danny for 13 years and we’ve got 3 children, Sophie who’s 9 and is a gymnastics fanatic and Joe and Luke who are 6 year old twins and seem to be developing a real love for rugby! We’ve also added a puppy called Piper to the family just to make things even crazier!

  1. Where were you born and raised?

SP: St Asaph in North Wales, hence the obsession with Welsh Rugby Union.

AK: I was born and raised in Chorley, we lived in Coppull until I left High School then moved to Euxton from 1998 until 2013 and since then I have lived in Adlington.

KR: For anyone who’s met me I think the accent gives it away – I’m Liverpool born and raised and think everyone should visit – it’ll always be my favourite place.

  1. Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

SP: Gareth Edwards. He is nothing like me and I am definitely nothing like him but he is a living Welsh Rugby legend, my childhood hero and has given me so many happy memories. He taught me above all else that no matter what the odds against you might be, if you surround yourself with a talented team you can achieve anything.

AK: Kate Winslet, she seems so down to earth and natural.

KR: I’ll say Sandra Bullock purely because every time I watch one of films she always makes me laugh.

  1. Of our BRITE values, which one would you say is the most important to you?

SP: Trust.

AK: Be the Best we can be – That’s not seeking perfection, instead striving to reach your potential

KR: I think each of these values is so important and are what makes Chorley such a special place to work – if I had to pick one I’d say Integrity as this is such an important thing when working with others.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

SP: Know that there are many things in life that may happen to you that are out of your control but it is how you react to them that matters. That is always entirely in your control.

AK: Talk so people will listen and listen so people will talk – this helps me communicate effectively which has been a key lesson for me in every role I’ve had, especially as a Mum.

KR: The only time you fail is when you stop trying – this has always stuck with me and is a mantra when things aren’t quite going to plan!