Jenkins will move into the role of chairman in November when David Cutter, group chief executive of the Skipton, steps down.
“The sector has just had a brilliant year and there is much to be cheerful about,” said Jenkins.
“2014 results have been overwhelmingly positive and we are punching well above our weight in terms of lending. Digital and product innovation is on the rise and members are at the forefront of our business decisions – as they should be.”
Jenkins said he was looking forward to promoting the building society cause on a local and national level to parliament, the media, stakeholders and opinion formers over this next year.