Charles (pictured) succeeds Jill Evans, who has decided to leave the group after a 28 year career with the mutual.
Charles joined the society in 1987 as an area agency manager and in 2005, was appointed to head up the branch network.
He originally took on the role of managing director of Accord, the intermediary-only lender which is part of the Yorkshire Building Society Group, for six years from 2007. In 2014, Charles was promoted into the head of distribution role at the YBS Group.
David Robinson, national intermediary sales manager, will remain in charge of sales and distribution with responsibility for sales and corporate lending partnerships, reporting directly to Canning.
Chris Maggs, Accord buy to let commercial manager, will continue to oversee all aspects of Accord’s buy-to-let business.
Charles Canning, managing director at Accord, said: “I am very pleased to have been asked to be the managing director at Accord and this reflects the fact that we see the intermediary channel as a significant part of our group wide distribution. Jill has led the business extremely well, and under her leadership Accord has gone from strength to strength. I look forward to working with our key lending partners to support the development of the intermediary mortgage market.”