The Board

Meet The Board

Adrian PiperChairman

Adrian has been a non-executive director of Hodge Life since 2010, and was appointed its Chairman in July 2017.

He is also Chairman of Bank and a Trustee of the Hodge Foundation. Before joining the Board, Adrian enjoyed a career of almost 40 years with the Bank of England, latterly as its Agent for Wales. Adrian is also a member of Audit Committees of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Graeme HughesSenior Independent Director

Graeme joined the Board of the Bank in 2019 as Senior Independent Director. He is also a non-executive director of Hodge Life Assurance Company.

Graeme has spent the vast majority of his career with the Nationwide Building Society, most recently becoming Group Distribution Director since 2013 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, and is the Chairman of the Risk and Conduct Committee. 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.

Steve PatemanManaging Director

Steve joined the Board of the Bank in February 2019 on his appointment as CEO of Hodge.

Steve was previously CEO of Shawbrook Bank where he delivered strong balance sheet and revenue growth and before that led the UK banking busineses of Santander and a number of senior management roles at Royal Bank of Scotland. Steve is also vice president of the Chartered Banker Institute.

David LandenChief Finance Officer

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

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.

In addition to her role as Company Secretary Kirsty also provides support to the Board and Leadership Team. A law graduate from University of South Wales, Kirsty is also an affiliated member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.