NED Candidates CVs
The following people have expressed interest in working with AFM members, very often in a NED role. Their CVs are provided (you will need to be registered and signed in to view them). Note that inclusion in the list of candidates should not infer that AFM has undertaken any pre-vetting, or endorses their suitability.
An energetic hands on, multi-faceted director providing advice in the specialist Governance, Compliance and Risk (GRC) sector for financial services firms, principally in the mutual sector. Broad managerial experience at Board and CEO level, with a strong customer focus.
A versatile business adviser and mentor, accredited with IBD, providing guidance and support for individuals seeking personal development, including new business start-ups.
A strong leader with man-management and motivational skills capable of communicating and negotiating at all levels.
Barry Meeks has been involved with the mutual sector since 1979 and between 2004 and 2006 was Managing Director of Mutual One a joint venture of eight mutual organisations specialising in the provision of internal audit, compliance and aggregation services to building societies, friendly societies and co-operatives.
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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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.
My career within the financial services sector has spanned over 27 years, during which time I have gained an in-depth working knowledge of the financial services sector in NED, employed roles and as an independent compliance consultant.
In terms of work, I have been involved in a number of technical investigations, ranging from:
-Regulatory 166 (Skilled Person)investigations;
-Compliance systems & controls:
-Risk management framework;
-Design and implementation of retail product & conduct governance framework;
-Transfers of Engagements;
-Change to Directive Status;
-Mock/actual Regulatory supervisory visits;
-Past business reviews, COBS, complaint and Approved Persons rectification projects; and
-Implementing compliance projects in areas such as TCF and Conduct Risk.
I hold the role of Compliance & Risk Officer, Company Secretary and Data Protection Officer for a large Friendly Society based in the North West of England, and sit on the Society’s Audit, Risk & Compliance and Governance Committees.
Additionally I am member of the Association of Financial Mutuals (AFM) Regulation & Governance Committee, the trade body that represents Mutual Insurers, Friendly Societies and other financial mutuals across the UK.
I also hold a Non-Executive Director position with a Friendly Society.
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.
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.
Ranil has a particular understanding of governance and regulation for a variety of businesses including housing associations and financial businesses. He has assisted firms with understanding their current and potential markets, developing products and services to meet the needs of these markets and promotional strategies.
I have 20 years experience in compliance, 16 of which have been in a senior position. I have managed a range of compliance projects, including the development of arrangements to comply with the Lautro Rules on Product and Commission Disclosure in the mid 1990's, the development of risk based compliance monitoring procedures, and the specification and implementation of management information systems for all levels of management.
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