The Board

Meet The Board

Graeme HughesChairman

Graeme joined the board of Hodge Life in 2019 as a senior independent director and was appointed chair as in May 2020. He is also Chair of Hodge Bank Board.

Graeme has spent the vast majority of his career with the Nationwide Building Society, most recently becoming group distribution director. Since 2013 he has been responsible for all sales and service activities across 720 branches and 10,000 staff. Earlier roles have seen him leading group strategy and planning, as well as human resources and external affairs.

David Gulland Non-Executive Director (Chair of Risk & Conduct Committee)

David joined the board of the Life business in May 2019 and brings with him a wealth of experience from his many years in actuarial roles. He spent 26 years with Bacon & Woodrow and Deloitte, ending his time there as an associate partner.

David is actively involved in financial service policy matters, across the protection, with-profits savings and retirement sectors, both as an individual and through relevant organisations.

He is also chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for PG Mutual, Compliance Committee member for the Funeral Planning Authority, and an independent member of Royal London Group’s Independent Governance Committee.

Alun Bowen Non-executive director

Alun joined the Board of Hodge Life in 2013. He is also a non-executive director of Hodge Bank.

Alun enjoyed a 36 year career at KPMG. He became the managing partner of KPMG in Kazakhstan in 2008 and before that was the firm’s senior partner in Wales, specialising in the banking, insurance and retail financial services sectors. Between 2001 and 2005, he also headed KPMG's practice advising global companies on sustainability.

Alun is chair of the Audit Committees of PAO Severstal and Eurasian bank JSC and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Alun has been chairman of Business in the Community in Wales, a member of the Council of the Prince’s Trust Cymru and the BT Wales Advisory Board.

Helen MolyneuxNon-executive director

Helen joined the board of Hodge Life in June 2015. She is also a non-executive director of Hodge Bank and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Until November 2016, Helen was chief executive of NewLaw Legal, a business she established from scratch, which now employs over 400 people. She is now a non- executive director of NewLaw Legal and a non-executive director of the Frukamis board of the Admiral Insurance Group.

In 2011 Helen was named Welsh Woman of the Year and in 2013 the Law Society’s Business Woman of the Year. She was a member of the Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales and currently chairs the Institute of Welsh Affairs. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of South Wales in recognition of her services to the legal profession.

John BarbourNon-executive director

John joined the board of the Hodge Life in March 2017, and is also a non-executive director of Hodge Bank.

John was previously managing director, Treasury at ICBC Standard Bank, the London-based financial markets and commodities bank, owned by China-based ICBC and South African-based Standard Bank. He has spent his entire career in treasury and financial markets-related roles, having previously worked at Investec and Bank of New York.

David LandenInterim CEO

David joined the Bank in 2002 and has held a variety of finance and treasury roles during his time with the organisation. He was appointed to the Board as chief finance officer in 2011 and as interim chief executive officer in March 2020 .

An accountancy graduate from Cardiff University, he is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Matt BurtonInterim CFO

Matt joined Hodge in 2015 as group head of finance, he has been managing director of mortgages since March 2019. He will step into David Landen’s role as chief finance officer until a permanent CEO is appointed.

Matt has a 14-year career in finance – having held roles at Vodafone, Future plc and Zodiac Aerospace.

Deian Jones Managing Director

Deian was appointed to Hodge Life's Board in 2010, and made its managing director in 2011.

In his time with the group, he has held a variety of strategic, risk and project roles. He is a chartered accountant, and spent eight years in KPMG's financial services audit practice, specialising in the retail financial services and life assurance sectors.

Sam Gunter Chief Actuary

Sam was appointed to the Board in September 2019. Sam joined the Company in 2012 to lead the creation of the actuarial function and was made chief actuary in 2016. He has previously held actuarial roles at PwC and Bupa. He is a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and holds the Chief Actuary (Life) practicing certificate.

Kirsty Williams Company Secretary

Kirsty joined Hodge in October 2013 and has been part of the company secretarial team since March 2015, being appointed company secretary in September 2018.

A law graduate from University of South Wales, Kirsty is also an affiliated member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Diversity

For Hodge, diversity is ensuring that we have employees with different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. This brings diversity of thought, which is vital at every level of the business including at Board level.

We have a Nominations committee whose role it is to monitor the structure, size and composition of the Boards within the Hodge Group; to consider the succession plan for Board directors; and, when Board vacancies arise, to nominate, for approval by the Board, appropriate candidates to fill those roles.

When it comes to the recruitment of new Board members, the Committee considers all aspects of diversity, including but not limited to gender diversity, when recommending appointments to the Board in addition to a host of other criteria around skills, knowledge and experience.

We are committed to seeking to improve our position on Board diversity when appropriate opportunities arise. Our Board Diversity Policy Statement complements our diversity and inclusion policy and our equality policy statement, and we review our approach to Board diversity on a regular basis to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness.

We are proudly signed up to the Women in Finance Charter, with a Board composition target of 30% women by September 2022.