Mr Gregory, 58, has been appointed senior independent director on the board of Clydesdale Bank, having served as a non-executive director for over 12 years.
He will also take up the same role on the National Australia Group Europe (NAGE) board, the body that links the bank’s UK operations to its own parent, National Australia Bank.
Mr Gregory was chosen ahead of several other candidates for a role that will see him act as independent counsel, particularly on matters relating to Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, to group chief executive Cameron Clyne, who is executive chair of both boards.
He will also provide support on governance issues and act as the conduit for the non-executive directors’ views.
A former managing director of Yorkshire Television, Mr Gregory had a 21-year career in broadcasting, and was awarded an OBE for services to Yorkshire.
He plays a key part in the region as chairman of Science City York and Yorkshire Innovation.
He also represents Yorkshire on the Northern Way Innovation Steering Group and the Technology Strategy Board’s regional advisory group.
He is a former deputy chairman of Yorkshire Forward and BITC’s Regional Leadership Team and a former non-executive director of Sheffield University Enterprises Ltd and former chairman of Sheffield Hallam University. He is the current chairman of the Chesterfield Hospital Trust.
Mr Gregory joined the board of Clydesdale Bank in 2000 and the NAGE board in 2004.
Clydesdale Bank has also appointed Jim Pettigrew as non-executive director on the board of Clydesdale Bank.
Mr Pettigrew will also be appointed to the board of National Australia Group Europe Limited.
He will take up the role of chairman of the audit committee on both boards
David Thorburn, chief executive of Clydesdale Bank PLC, said: “Jim brings considerable business knowledge and a wealth of experience which will be invaluable as we move forward with our strategy to become a stronger and more competitive business.”
Jim Pettigrew holds a number of non-executive director positions including Aberdeen Asset Management and Royal Bank of Canada (Europe), where he is also chairman of the audit committee on both boards.