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Executive Directors

Jon Craven Jon Craven

Jon has extensive experience within the financial services sector and has specific skills in the initiation and delivery of major strategic and profitable partnerships in banking, insurance and healthcare. Prior to joining UIA, he operated as a business consultant to Simply Health and held the position of Commercial Director at Benenden Health. His early career was in the building society sector, specialising in Mortgages and Insurance.

John NicksonJohn Nickson
Finance Director

John was appointed Finance Director on 26 June 2018. John is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Insurer and has extensive finance experience in a wide range of financial services organisations. Past employers include Wesleyan Assurance, Legal and General Insurance, Ecclesiastical Insurance, the Prudential and Swiss Re.

Non-Executive Directors

Peter DoddPeter Dodd
Chair of the Board
Non-Executive Director - Independent

Peter was appointed a non-executive Director in 2009. Peter is chair of the Board following PRA approval on 10 February 2017. Peter worked for the Post Office for 23 years and then for the Communication Workers Union (CWU) for 10 years. Peter held positions within the CWU from 1976 to 2007. He is a Director of the Mechanics Centre Ltd, an Employment Tribunal Member and a Disability Qualified Tribunal member of the Social Entitlement Chamber.

Tim HollidayTim Holliday
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Senior Independent Director

Tim joined the Board in May 2016. Tim spent 19 years working in insurance for Eagle Star and then Zurich Insurance. Tim was Chief Underwriting officer for Zurich's UK Branch and also Managing Director of Zurich's Personal Lines business including its student broking subsidiary Endsleigh. Tim has also previously sat on the board of the Motor Insurance Bureau and the Insurance Fraud Bureau and is a former President of the Southampton Chartered Insurance Institute.

Kathryn MorganKathryn Morgan
Chair of the Audit Committee (From June 2021)
Non-Executive Director – Independent

Kathryn will be joining the Board from June 2021 and will be Chair of the Audit Committee (subject to the resolution being passed at our 2021 AGM). Kathryn is an actuary and non-executive director with strong experience gained within the Insurance industry, including at the Prudential Regulation Authority where she developed policy for Solvency II and supervision, and then the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission as Director of Regulatory Operations. Kathryn has led on, and contributed to, several research papers on insurance and risk and is the recipient of an outstanding contribution award from the UK actuarial profession.

Oliver PeterkenOliver Peterken
Chair of the Risk Committee
Non-Executive Director – Independent

Oliver joined the Board in May 2016 and is Chair of the Risk Committee. Oliver is Deputy Chairman of the Willow Foundation and is a non-executive Director of MS Amlin plc and chair of their Risk and Solvency Committee, as well as a nonexecutive Director of UK Export Finance. Previously Oliver was Chief Risk Officer at BUPA UK and at Aspen Insurance Holdings and before that held various senior roles at Willis and the Prudential.

Bob AbberleyBob Abberley
Chair of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee
Non-Executive Director – Independent

Bob has been on the Board since June 2014. Bob was previously Assistant General Secretary for UNISON, with responsibilities ranging from inter-union relationships, industrial action strategies and pension governance. Bob was appointed chairperson of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee on 29th March 2018. Bob is a member of UNISON and has been a UIA policyholder for over 15 years.

Lucia McKeeverLucia McKeever
Former UNISON President
Non-Executive Director – Independent

Lucia has been on the Board since January 2014 and is a past President of UNISON. Lucia is a champion of equality and human rights, and became active in the trade union movement more than 20 years ago.

Tony WoodleyTony Woodley
Unite Representative
Non-Executive Director 

Tony was appointed to the UIA Board in February 2014 and is the representative for Unite, galvanising UIA’s tie-in to the trade union. Tony has extensive experience within the union movement and was instrumental in the formation of Unite, at the forefront of negotiations with his union (TGWU) and Amicus. Tony is still heavily involved in the automotive industry and is a member of the influential Automotive Council UK, a government body designed to improve inward investment and create jobs in the UK.

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Auditors Deloitte
Bankers Unity Trust Bank PLC
Investment Fund Manager Royal London Asset Management Ltd

Terms of Reference

The Board of UIA focuses on the formulation of strategy and the monitoring of business performance and the achievement of the strategic objectives.

The Senior Management Team of UIA is made up of the executive directors whose responsibility it is to implement the strategy determined by the Board and deliver strategic objectives and business performance set by the Board.

View the terms of reference for the UIA (Insurance) Limited Board

View the terms of reference for UIA Board - Nomination and Remuneration Committee

View the terms of reference for UIA Board - Risk Committee

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