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Board of Directors

Our Board not only has significant experience in the Insurance Sector but also have a range of specialisms which ensure all aspects of our competency profile are well covered. The matrix at the bottom of this page explains the specialisms, where a Board member has a competency darkened this indicates a primary specialism; a lighter colour is a secondary specialism for that Board member.

PETER MASON, Chairman

Non-executive Chairman of the board, Peter is responsible for the leadership of the board, setting the agenda and ensuring the board’s effectiveness on all aspects of its role.

Appointment to the Board:
Appointed to the board in March 2004 and as Chairman in January 2009.

Committee membership:
Nomination & Governance (Chairman) and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Peter attends the Audit & Risk Committee by invitation.

Current directorships/business interests:

  • Movestic Livförsäkring AB, Chairman
  • Chesnara Holdings BV, Chairman
  • Countrywide Assured plc, Chairman
  • Countrywide Assured Life Holdings Limited, NED

Skills and experience:

MIKE EVANS, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board:
Appointed to the Chesnara plc board in March 2013. Mike became Senior Independent Director in May 2013.

Committee membership:
Nomination and Governance, Audit & Risk and Remuneration.

Current directorships/business interests:

  • Hargreaves Lansdown plc, Chairman
  • ZPG plc, Chairman
  • Chesnara Holdings BV, NED
  • Countrywide Assured plc, NED

Skills and experience:

JOHN DEANE, Chief Executive

Appointment to the Board:
Appointed to the board in December 2014 as Chief Executive in January 2015.

Career, skills and experience:
John is a qualified Actuary and has over 30 years experience in the life assurance industry. John joined Century Life, a closed book acquisition company in 1993. As CEO, he oversaw the creation of the outsourcing company Adepta in 2000. He joined Old Mutual plc in 2003 becoming their Corporate Development Director later that year. In 2007 he joined the board of Royal London with responsibility for its open businesses in the UK, Ireland and Isle of Man.

Skills and experience:

VERONICA OAK, Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Appointment to the Board:
Appointed to the Chesnara plc Board, January 2013 and to the Board of Countrywide Assured plc.

Committee membership:
Nomination & Governance, Audit & Risk, and Remuneration.

Current directorships/business interests:

  • Chairman of the Chesnara plc Remuneration Committee
  • Hanley Economic Building Society Chairman of the Risk Committee
  • Hanley Mortgage Services Limited, NED
  • Hanley Financial Services Limited, NED
  • Sanlam Investment Holdings Limited, NED
  • Sanlam UK Limited, NED
  • Investment & Life Assurance Group Limited, NED
  • Countrywide Assured plc, NED

Skills and experience:

DAVID BRAND, Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board:
Appointed to the Chesnara plc board and the board of Movestic Livförsäkring AB in January 2013.

Committee membership:
Nomination & Governance, Audit & Risk.

Current directorships/business interests:

  • Exeter Friendly Society, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Investment Committee
  • Exeter Cash Plan Holdings Limited, NED
  • Exeter Cash Plan Limited, NED
  • Movestic Livförsäkring AB, Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Countrywide Assured plc, NED

Skills and experience:

Jane Dale, Non-Executive Director And Chairman Of The Audit & Risk Committee

Appointment to the Board:
Appointed to the Chesnara plc board in May 2016 and as Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee in December 2016.

Committee membership:
Audit & Risk and Nomination & Governance

Current directorships/business interests:

  • Countrywide Assured plc, Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Covea Insurance plc, Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Covea Life Limited, Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • British Gas Services Limited, NED
  • BHSF Group Limited, Chairman, and including:
    • Wellwork Limited
    • M3OH Services Limited
    • BHSF Corporate Healthcare (Holdings) Limited
    • BHSF Employee Benefits Limited
    • BHSF Occupational Health Limited
    • BHSF Limited
    • BHSF Newhall Medical Practice Limited
    • Nexus Healthcare Limited

Skills and experience:

DAVID RIMMINGTON, Group Finance Director

Appointment to the Board:
Appointed as Group Finance Director with effect from May 2013.

Career, skills and experience:
David trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG, has more than 18 years’ experience in financial management within the life assurance and banking sectors and has delivered a number of major acquisitions and business integrations. Prior to joining Chesnara plc in 2011 as Associate Finance Director, David held a number of financial management positions within the Royal London Group including 6 years as Head of Group Management Reporting.

Skills and experience:

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