Henry Staunton

Chairman & Nomination Committee Chairman

Henry Staunton was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company with effect from 1 September 2015. Henry is currently the Chairman of WH Smith plc, the leading FTSE250 retail group, and Chairman of BrightHouse Group, the rent-to-own company. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Capital & Counties Properties plc

From 2004 until 2013, Henry Staunton was a Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and latterly Senior Independent Director and Vice Chairman of Legal & General Group plc, where he gained significant insight into the life and pensions industry.  From 2008 to 31 December 2014 he was a Non-Executive Director of Merchants Trust plc, where he was the Senior Independent Director

During his executive career he was Finance Director of ITV plc from 2003 to 2006, and Finance Director of Granada plc from 1993 to 2003.  Prior to that he had a long and distinguished career at Price Waterhouse, which he joined as a graduate trainee, rising to become a Senior Partner of the audit practice.

Clive C R Bannister

Group Chief Executive Officer

Clive Bannister joined the Group in February 2011 as Group Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this, he was Group Managing Director of Insurance and Asset Management at HSBC. He joined HSBC in 1994 and held various leadership roles in Planning and Strategy in the Investment Bank (USA) and was Group General Manager and CEO of HSBC Group Private Banking. He started his career at First National Bank of Boston and prior to working at HSBC was a partner in Booz Allen Hamilton in the Financial Service Practice providing strategic support to financial institutions including leading insurance companies, banks and investment banks. Mr Bannister was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 28 March 2011.

Jim McConville

Group Finance Director

Jim McConville was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company as Group Finance Director on 28 June 2012. Between April 2010 and December 2011, he was Chief Financial Officer of Northern Rock plc. Prior to that, between 1988 and 2010, he worked for Lloyds Banking Group plc (formerly Lloyds TSB Group plc) in a number of senior finance and strategy related roles latterly as Finance Director of Scottish Widows Group plc and Director of Finance for the Insurance and Investments Division. In 2014, Mr McConville joined the board of Tesco Personal Finance Plc. Mr McConville qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst at Coopers and Lybrand.

René-Pierre Azria

Non-Executive Director

René-Pierre Azria is Chief Executive Officer of Tegris Advisors LLC, a US private advisory firm specialising in strategic financial analysis and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to founding Tegris, Mr Azria was a worldwide partner with Rothschild & Co. Before joining Rothschild in 1996, Mr Azria served as Managing Director of Blackstone Indosuez and President of Financiére Indosuez Inc. in New York. Mr Azria serves as a Director of two privately-held book publishers in France and the US. Mr Azria was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 2 September 2009. He is a member of the Board Risk Committee.

Alastair Barbour

Non-Executive Director & Audit Committee Chairman

Alastair Barbour was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 1 October 2013. He retired from KPMG in March 2011. In the last 20 years of his 35 year career with KPMG, in the UK and overseas, he led their financial services team in Scotland with a primary focus on insurance and investment management. He is a Non-Executive Director of RSA Insurance Group plc, Standard Life European Private Equity Trust plc, CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Limited, Liontrust Asset Management plc, The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr Barbour is Chairman of the Audit Committee, and member of the Board Risk Committee.

Tom Cross Brown

Non-Executive Director & Investment Committee Chairman

Tom Cross Brown was Global Chief Executive of ABN AMRO Asset Management (which managed some €160 billion, with offices in 30 countries around the world) from 2000 to 2003, as well as Chairman of ABN AMRO Asset Management in the UK from 1997 to 2003. Prior to this, he spent 21 years with Lazard Brothers in London, latterly as Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Brothers Asset Management. Mr Cross Brown is Non-Executive Chairman of Just Retirement (Holdings) Limited, and is a Non-Executive Director of Artemis Alpha Trust plc, as well as of other private companies and charities. Mr Cross Brown served on the Board of Directors of the former Pearl Group Limited from May 2005 until September 2009. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 24 September 2009. He is a member of the Board Nomination and Board Risk Committees.

Ian Cormack

Senior Independent Director & Remuneration Committee Chairman

Ian Cormack is Non-Executive Chairman of Maven Income & Growth VCT 4 plc and is a Non-Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, Aspen Insurance Holdings, Arria NLG Limited and Xchanging plc. Mr Cormack was Chief Executive Officer of AIG, Inc. in Europe from 2000 to 2002 and was Chairman of Citibank International plc and co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Client Group at Citigroup. Mr Cormack served on the Board of Directors of the former Pearl Group Limited from May 2005 to September 2009. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 2 September 2009. Mr Cormack is Chairman of the Board Remuneration Committee and a member of the Board Nomination Committee.

Isabel Hudson

Non-Executive Director

Isabel Hudson is a former Executive Director of Prudential Assurance Company Limited. She was also Chief Financial Officer at Eureko BV. Ms Hudson is Non-Executive Chair of the National House Building Council and a Non-Executive Director of QBE Insurance, MGM Advantage and The Pensions Regulator. Ms Hudson is an ambassador to Scope, a UK charity, and has 31 years' experience in the insurance industry in the UK and mainland Europe. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 18 February 2010. She is a member of the Board Risk, Board Remuneration and Board Audit Committees.

Kory Sorenson

Non-Executive Director

Kory Sorenson is a non-executive director of SCOR SE, the global reinsurer listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and of UNIQA Insurance Group AG, a leading insurance group in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. She has over twenty years financial services experience, most of which has been focused on insurance and banking. She was Managing Director, Head of Insurance Capital Markets of Barclays Capital from 2005 to 2010 and also held senior positions in the capital markets or financial institutions divisions of Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley. Ms Sorenson is also a non-executive director of the Institut Pasteur, a non-profit, private foundation focused on biomedical research, public health and teaching. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 2 July 2014. She is a member of the Board Audit and Board Remuneration Committee.

David Woods

Non-Executive Director & Risk Committee Chairman

David Woods is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a Non-Executive Director of Standard Life UK Smaller Companies Trust plc, Murray Income Trust plc, Barbon Insurance Group Ltd and The Moller Centre for Continuing Education. He is also Chairman of the pension fund trustee companies responsible for the governance of all the UK pension schemes in the Steria Group and is a Trustee of the Santander (UK) Pension Fund. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 18 February 2010 and is Chairman of the Board Risk Committee, and member of the Board Audit Committee.

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