The Board

Listed below is a table of our board members and their profiles:

Chief Executive Aviva UK (In post Dec 2011)

 Trevor Matthews 
 (Chairman)

Director, The Red House 

 Gareth Marr 
 (Deputy Chairman)

Chief Audit OfficerAviva 

 Paul Boyle

Human Resources Business Partner, Santander UK 

 Bernadette Brown

Cardiff Location Director & Chief Operating Officer (UK) 
Legal & General 

 Adrian Clark

Research Section Head, Unite 

 John Earls

Managing Director of Unit Trusts, Legal & General Investments 

 Simon Ellis 

Former AXA CEO & CII Board member 

 Peter Hubbard

Chief Executive, British Bankers Association 

 Angela Knight CBE 

Managing Director of Retail Products, RBS 

 Les Matheson 

Board member & Chair of Audit Committee, BP  

 Brendan Nelson

 Former Managing Director, Fidelity Investments International 

 Richard Wastcoat

 


 


Biographies

 

Biographies

Chairman: Trevor Matthews

Chief Executive Aviva UK (In post Dec 2011) 

In June 2011 it was announced that Trevor Matthews will be appointed CEO Aviva UK and join the board of Aviva Plc subject to FSA approval.

Prior to this Trevor held the position of CEO at Friends Life, having been there since July 2008. Trevor joined Friends Life from Standard Life Assurance Limited where he was Chief Executive for four years. He was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Japan from 2001 to 2004 and Executive Vice President of Canadian Operations and Chairman of Manulife Bank from 1998 to 2001. Prior to this, Trevor was General Manager of Personal Finance Services for National Australia Bank, 1996 to 1998, and Managing Director of Legal & General Assurance Holdings Australia Limited between 1989 and 1996.

Trevor was President of the Chartered Insurance Institute from July 2008 to July 2009. In 1997 he was President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

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Deputy Chairman: Gareth Marr

Director, The Red House

Gareth Marr is a director of The Red House, a private client advisory firm he formed with partners in 2007.

He left Origen in December 2006. CEO from 2004, he merged five IFAs (A&B, Elliott Bayley, Aurora, Wentworth Rose and Momentum) into one company and launched the new Origen brand.

Businesses run by Gareth have won IFA of the year, Pensions IFA of the year (twice) Professional Development IFA of the year and Investment IFA of the year.

Gareth has over 30 years' experience in financial services, initially with Phoenix Assurance Company and Pointon York.  In 1984 he formed his own company, Moores Marr Bradley and 1999 joined A&B.  He is a Board member of the Financial Skills Partnership (FSP), and has been Deputy Chairman of FIMBRA, Chairman of the Association of Pensioneer Trustees, and has worked with various committees for the former PIA, SIB and FSA.  

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Paul Boyle

Chief Audit Officer, Aviva

In November 2010 Paul was appointed Chief Audit Officer at Aviva. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of the Financial Reporting Council. The FRC aims to promote confidence in corporate reporting and governance. Its responsibilities include setting and enforcing accounting and auditing standards, setting actuaries standards and overseeing the regulatory activities of the accounting and actuarial professional bodies.

Paul is the Chairman of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators, having been appointed as its first Vice-Chair in September 2006.

Previously Paul was the Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Authority.

Paul was also with Cadbury Schweppes for 8 years, including a spell as Group Financial Controller and latterly as a Director of Cadbury Limited, with responsibility for Finance, Information Technology, Purchasing and Cocoa Buying.

He trained with Coopers & Lybrand, and spent 8 years with the firm including 2 years in Turkey. His first job in industry was with WH Smith Group plc.

 

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Bernadette Brown

Human Resources Business Partner, Santander UK

 
Since 2004, Bernadette Chambers-Brown has been employed as a Human Resources Business Partner for Santander UK. Working across the UK, she is the divisional lead for performance and talent management, most notably introducing the new school leavers' programme in N. Ireland, for the former Abbey brand.

She joined Armagh & City District Council in 2001 as Head of HR. Prior to this role, Bernadette was HR Director for ISA International plc. Reporting to the CEO, she had overall strategic responsibility for the HR function across Europe, including UK and Ireland.

Bernadette is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development, and is married to Ken with one son, Adam.

 

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Adrian Clarke

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Adrian Clark

Cardiff Location Director and Chief Operating Officer for Protection, Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd

 
Adrian Clark is Cardiff Location Director and Chief Operating Officer for Protection throughout the UK (6 different locations) for Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd.

Adrian has been instrumental in developing the collaboration between Legal & General and Cardiff University to create the Medical Underwriting Academy. The success of the Academy has led to several teams of highly skilled professionals within the financial services industry.

He has been employed for 30 years within the Financial Services industry, with the previous 10 years developing Legal & General's presence in South Wales, which now employs over 2000 staff.

He has been employed in many sectors of the Insurance industry from UK Life and Pensions to General Insurance and as an overseas advisor for development opportunities in both Thailand and Indonesia.

 

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John Earls

Research Section Head, Unite


John Earls is Research Section Head at Unite, the UK's largest trade union with 2 million members in the private and public sectors. Unite operates across the finance sector and represents staff at all grades and all occupations. John was previously Head of Research at UNIFI, the specialist finance sector trade union.

John is a Research Associate at the London School of Economics and was a member of the Financial Services Authority's Advisory Group on Financial Capability. John has had articles published in a range of journals on issues such as the world of work and the future for trade unions.

 

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Simon Ellis

Managing Director of Unit Trusts, Legal & General

Simon Ellis, Managing Director of Unit Trusts at Legal & General Investments, started his role in October 2009. He has a wealth of financial services expertise, having worked in the industry for over 25 years. He was the Managing Director of Fidelity International Multi-Manager business and has also been the Managing Director for the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC), tasked with undertaking a government-prompted review of the FSSC's future strategy. Simon was also a Board Director of the Investment Management Association for five years.

 

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Peter Hubbard

Former AXA CEO and CII Board member

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and joined the FSP Board in 2010.

In 2001 he was appointed Chief Executive at AXA Insurance.

Peter left AXA in mid 2008 to concentrate on other ventures including as a non-executive Director for Keoghs the Bolton based legal practice.

Prior to AXA Peter spent four years at Ernst & Young. For 17 years in held a variety of positions at Lloyds TSB, including Strategic Planning, Finance Director, Managing Director e-Commerce and Strategy Director Retail Banking.

Peter is a member and a Vice President of the CII Board.

 

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Angela Knight CBE

Chief Executive, British Bankers Association 

After leaving Bristol University with an honours degree in chemistry, Angela worked for the American industrial gas company Air Products Ltd.  She was the product development manager for the application and sales of nitrogen as an inert carrier during the treatment of ferrous metal components. 

She went on to set up and was Chief Executive of a specialist contract heat treatment company treating precision engineering components - Cook & Knight Metallurgical Processors Ltd - an associated process plant manufacturing company.

From 1987 to 1992 she was Councillor and Chief Whip on Sheffield City Council.  She entered Parliament in 1992 as MP for Erewash and was Economic Secretary to the Treasury between 1995 and 1997, when she lost her seat at the General Election.  She was the Chief Executive of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers from September 1997 to December 2006.

She is currently the Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association.  She is also a non-executive director on the boards of LogicaCMG, IFSL, and Brewin Dolphin and a trust member of the Port of London Authority.

 

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Les Matheson

Managing Director of Retail Products, RBS

Les was appointed to the FSP Board in 2011 and is chair of the Banking & Building Societies sector panel.

Les joined RBS as Managing Director of Retail Products in January 2010.

Prior to joining RBS Les spent 12 years with Citibank, including the role of CEO Retail and Citigroup Country Officer for Australia, before moving to St George Bank as Head of Retail in 2008.

Prior to working in banking, Les worked for Procter & Gamble and Kraft foods. During his career Les has lived and worked in numerous countries including Singapore, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Argentina.

 

 

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Brendan Nelson

Board member & Chair of Audit committee, BP

Brendan joined the Board of the FSP in 2008 and sits on the Finance Committee. He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

November 2010 saw Brendan appointed a non-executive director of BP. He is a member of the chairman's and the audit committees. He will become chairman of the audit committee at the conclusion of the 2011 BP Annual General Meeting. In April 2010 he was appointed a non-executive director of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc where he is chairman of the Group Audit Committee

In 1984 Brendan became a partner at KPMG. He served as a member of the UK Board of KPMG from 2000 to 2006 following which he was appointed vice chairman until his retirement in 2010. In KPMG International he held a number of senior positions including Global Chairman, Banking and Global Chairman, Financial Services.

Brendan was the first professional accountant to be appointed as a member of the Practitioner Panel, a UK statutory body that provides industry oversight to the UK Financial Services Authority and served 6 years as a panel member. Prior to his current audit responsibilities, Brendan has been the Global Audit Partner for ING Bank NV, Credit Suisse Group, NatWest Group, Rothschilds, and Standard Chartered plc.

 

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Richard Wastcoat

Former Managing Director, Fidelity Investments International

Richard Wastcoat received a BS in Business Administration from Lehigh University, Bethlehem Pennsylvania in 1983. He joined Fidelity Investments in Dallas,Texas and relocated to London with Fidelity International in 1989. He worked on the development of Fidelity's business in a number of markets in South East Asia while based in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1996. He returned to the UK in 1996 and in 1999 became Chief Executive of Fidelity Investment Services with responsiblity for the UK mutual fund business and subsequently Funds Network, Fidelity's Platform business. In addition to his role in the UK he held additional roles concurrently. These included Fidelity's businesses in Spain and the Nordic Region (2001- 2004) , the Middle East and Africa (2005-2006) and since 2003 Fidelity's Asset Management Business in India. He retired from Fidelity in September 2008.

Mr Wastcoat was a member of the Board of the Investment Management Association and currently serves on the the Financial Skills Partnership and the Securities & Investment Institute.

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