NED Candidates CVs

The following people have expressed interest in working with AFM members, very often in a NED role.  Their CVs are provided.  Note that inclusion in the list of candidates should not infer that AFM has undertaken any pre-vetting, or endorses their suitability.

Keith Meeres

I am an experienced director who has operated successfully in the financial services sector (mainly mutuals) for 40 years, helping businesses through significant periods of strategic growth and regulatory change.

Board level experience includes circa 20 years in an executive capacity and several years in a non-executive role. Key responsibilities have included: governance, compliance / regulatory, risk, audit, secretariat and major support services (Controlled Functions CF1, 10, 11, 28 and SIMF4 and 7).

I recently semi-retired and enjoy providing consultancy services to a number of established and developing businesses in and outside of the financial services sector. I am keen to use my considerable experience to help support the development of a financial mutual in a non-executive capacity.

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Stephen Moncrief

I am a personable commercially focused actuary with extensive senior management experience within financial services, principally life assurance. I have been actively involved with several friendly societies and I am currently on a with-profits committee.  I believe I have excellent judgement and I am efficient, committed and I can pick up key issues quickly and add value to any organisation. I am looking to secure additional roles on Board committees or as a NED which I hope will complement my own business as an actuarial consultant and contractor.

Gary Morley

Gary holds the role of Compliance & Risk Officer / Company Secretary at the Oddfellows, his career within the financial services sector has spanned over 30 years, were he has held various employed roles, ran his own independent regulatory consultancy and held a Non-Executive Director role. He currently holds a role on Hull University’s Audit Committee.

In terms of work, he has been involved in a variety of projects during his career, for example:

  • Regulatory 166 (Skilled Person) investigations;

  • Mock/actual regulatory supervisory visits;

  • Data Protection, including General Data Protection Regulation Gap Analysis;

  • Corporate governance reviews;

  • Regulatory systems & controls reviews;

  • Various regulatory rectification projects;

  • Cyber security and Data Protection systems & controls reviews;

  • Design and implementation of risk management framework;

  • Past business reviews; and

  • Design and implementation of retail product & conduct risk framework.

He is a member of the AFM Governance & Regulation Committee and GDPR Working Group.

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Hazel Moss

Considering Board Diversity? Hazel was an Approved Person and a member of Police Mutual Board for over 10 years. This included Director of an IFA, a GI Broking Business and MND for a £17m pension fund. Hazel's Director role was extremely diverse including successful leadership of Compliance, Audit, Risk, HR, IT, Operations and Change.  Hazel delivered complex and high profile projects such as TCF, Customer Impact, transfering £40m in multi-manager funds to Fidelity platform, IT Strategy and Board governance e.g. Remuneration and Nomination Committees.  Hazel is also a strong coach and mentor.

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Veronica Oak (née France)

An experienced Non-Executive Director with a focus on strategy, product development, remuneration and the application of good regulatory practices and governance. Familiar with the mutual sector having previously been on the Board of One Family (Family Assurance) and currently on the Board of the Hanley Economic Building Society.  Also an NED with Chesnara plc (a closed book consolidator).

Played an active role within the trade body, the Investment and Life Assurance Group (ILAG) and have chaired its Regulations, E-Commerce and NED Committees.  Served on the governing board for over 10 years and was Chairman in 2002.

Philip Okell

With over 30 years experience working for or as an adviser to mutuals in the finance industry I bring an independent perspective both to challenge and support management in the achievement of their objectives.

Richard Sear

A proven Chief Executive and senior director with a track record of business transformation and growth.

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Steven Spilsbury

Non-Exective Director of Healthy Investment; previously Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Vernon Building Society and interim Chief Executive at two Benfield Group subsidiaries, who led, directed, and managed the strategy and supported the implementation of two start-up retail financial services businesses for the group, one of the world's largest corporate re-insurance brokers.

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Andrew Townsley

An experienced Director with a strong commitment to mutual organisations, and a proven track record of growing financial services business. I also have a good understanding of corporate governance, strategy, credit and risk management and following retirement in 2016, want to utilise the skills and knowledge acquired to help other organisations in a Non-Executive Director capacity. In addition to my Kingston Unity main Board role I was a member of the Society’s Risk, Nominations and Investment sub committees and also attended Audit and Remuneration sub committee meetings. 

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Cary Wakefield

An experienced Executive and Non Executive Board Director with a successful career in FTSE, Public Sector and not for profit organisations in the UK and Europe Sector experience includes media, predominantly broadcast, but also digital, music and publishing and FMCG including food, drinks and over the counter medicines.

Drives ambition and performance where customer understanding, customer engagement and digital innovation are critical to accelerate business growth.

An expert in delivering successful rebranding and repositioning for leading brands in the UK and across Europe. Familiar with working in regulated environments. Significant leadership experience of large diverse teams and cross functional business projects.