Our Board

Meet the Board

Learn all about people who take care of running things here at LV=

Our board

Our Board members take care of running things here at LV=. They make sure your voice gets heard, whether you're a member or a customer.

Our Board members have years of management, investment, administrative and financial services experience which make them all very well suited to managing our business.

Every Board member has an appraisal each year to see how they and the group as a whole have been doing. The Chair carries out the directors' appraisals; the Senior Independent Director carries out the Chair's appraisal.

Under our Rules, all directors have to stand for re-election at least once every three years. The Chair also stands for re-election every year.
Alan Cook

Date of appointment: 1 January 2017 (Non-Executive Director), 20 June 2017 (Chairman)

Experience: Alan has extensive financial services experience across insurance, banking and investments. During his career he was managing director of the Post Office, chief executive of National Savings & Investments and chief operating officer for Prudential Assurance in the UK and Europe. Alan was chairman of Permanent TSB group, one of the four leading banks in Ireland, senior independent director of Sainsbury’s Bank and on the board of MetLife Europe. Alan was formally chairman of the University of Bedfordshire, the Irish Life Group in Ireland and the Highways Agency. His previous non-executive positions were for the Department of Transport, the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Office of Fair Trading. Alan is also a past chairman and current patron of ‘Action for ME’, the UK’s leading charity supporting sufferers of ME/CFS.

External appointments: Chairman of Chetwood Financial Services and Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Milton Keynes College. Board Mentor at Criticaleye.
Committee membership:  Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee and a member of the Risk and Investment Committees.

Please contact [email protected] for further details of the role and responsibilities of the Chair.

Mark Hartigan
Chief Executive

Date of appointment: 1 January 2020 (CEO), 15 June 2020 (Board director)

Mark was part of the senior leadership team at Zurich Insurance Group between 2009 and 2019, most recently as head of operations for Zurich EMEA. Before this, he was chief administrative officer of Zurich’s general insurance business and chief executive officer of both EMEA and Asia Pacific for Zurich Global Life. Mark has also been chair of a number of life company boards in the UK and overseas. Prior to working at Zurich, Mark was deputy chief executive officer of Nexus Group, the largest insurance broker in the Middle East. He began his career in the British Army and holds a master’s degree from Kings College, University of London.

External appointments: None

Committee membership: Member of the Investment Committee, director of various LV= group subsidiaries.

Please contact [email protected] for further details of the role and responsibilities of the Chief Executive

David Barral
Senior Independent Director

Date of appointment: 7 March 2016

Experience: With a career spanning 40 years in financial services, David brings a mix of strategic, transformation and operational experience with a strong focus on customers, risk and governance. He joined LV=from Aviva where he was the chief executive of UK and Ireland life insurance, the largest business unit within the Aviva group. Previous positions at Aviva included sales director, marketing director and chief operating officer. He is a former chairman of the ABI retirement and savings committee as well as Independent customer champion of Old Mutual Wealth’s Customer Outcomes Forum. 

Please contact [email protected] for further details of the role and responsibilities of the Senior Independent Director.

External appointments: Chair of Embark Group and Non-Executive Director of The Pensions Superfund.

Committee membership: Chair of the Risk Committee and Member of the Audit, Investment and Corporate Governance and Nomination Committees.

Alison Hutchinson
Non-Executive Director
Date of appointment: 1 January 2018

Experience: Alison’s experience spans 34 years in technology and financial services. She began her career at IBM where she became global director of online financial services. At Barclays Bank she was the marketing director of Barclaycard and then managing director and chief executive at the specialist mortgage provider Kensington Group plc. Alison founded a digital charity, The Pennies Foundation, and in 2016 was awarded a CBE for services to the economy and charities.

External appointments: Chief Executive of The Pennies Foundation, Non-Executive Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director of the Yorkshire Building Society. Senior Independent Director at DFS and Senior Independent Director of the Foresight Group.

Committee membership: Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee.
Colin Ledlie
Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment: 1 August 2017

Experience: Colin is an experienced actuary and risk professional with over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He has previously held a number of senior executive roles at Standard Life, including as chief actuary and chief risk officer and until recently was a non-executive director at ReAssure.

External appointments: Non-Executive Director of BUPA Insurance and Non-Executive Director of National Records of Scotland.

Committee membership: Chair of the Investment Committee. Member of the Audit, Risk and With-Profits Committees.

Luke Savage
Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment: 1 February 2018

Experience: Luke is a qualified accountant with over 35 years’ experience across banking and insurance. He is the former group chief financial officer of Standard Life. Previously he was director of finance, risk management and operations at Lloyd’s of London and before that held senior financial roles at Deutsche Bank AG and Morgan Stanley. Luke was previously a Non-Executive Director of DWF Group. 

External appointments: Chair of Chesnara and Non-executive director Numis and member of the council and treasurer of Queen Mary University of London.

Committee membership: Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration and Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee.

Seamus Creedon
Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment: 16 January 2020

Experience: Seamus is a qualified actuary with more than 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry in both Ireland and the UK. He was the first chief executive officer of Lifetime, Bank of Ireland’s life assurance company and later became a partner with KPMG in London. He is a leader for the European actuarial profession, with a particular focus on Solvency II.

External appointments: Non-executive director of Renaissancere Syndicate Management, Baillie Gifford Investment Management (Europe), RGA International Re, Renaissance Reinsurance of Europe and Gatcombe Court and Highgrove Court Management.

Committee membership: Member of the Risk Committee.

Susan McInnes
Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment: 01 April 2020

Experience: Susan has worked in the life and pensions sector for over 30 years. She was at the Phoenix Group for over twelve years where she was customer director of the life companies and chief risk officer for the Phoenix Group, before being appointed chief executive officer of Standard Life Assurance in September 2018. Susan is passionate about making a difference for the end customer. She believes that having the customers’ best interest at heart helps create a sustainable business where people want to work.

External appointments: Non‐Executive Director of Rowanmoor and Chair of the Customer Outcomes Committee.

Committee membership: Member of the Remuneration Committee and With-Profits Committees.