Board of Directors

Dr Chris Gibson-Smith, Chairman

Chris Gibson Smith was appointed Chairman of JRP Group plc in April 2016. He previously served as Chairman of Partnership Assurance Group plc from April 2013 until April 2016.

Chris brings over forty years business experience across a wide range of industries. This includes over thirty years of cumulative FTSE100 main board experience, twenty of which as Chairman. Chris currently holds the role of Vice Chairman of UBS from July 2017, and was previously Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group plc from 2003 – 2015. He was Chairman of the British Land Company PLC from 2007 until 2012, and was a Director of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority from 2006 to 2012. Chris was Chairman of National Air Traffic Services (NATS) from 2001 to 2005, Group Managing Director of BP from 1997 to 2001, a Director of Lloyds TSB from 1999 to 2005 and a Director of Powergen from 2001 to 2002. He has also served on UK Government advisory Committees on aviation and oil and gas and was awarded the CBE for his services to the Financial Industry.

Tom Cross Brown, Deputy Chairman

Tom Cross Brown continued to serve under the new role of Deputy Chairman of JRP Group plc in April 2016. He was Chairman of Just Retirement Group plc from August 2013 until April 2016 and was a Non-Executive Director of Just Retirement (Holdings) Limited from October 2006. Tom became Chairman on its admission to AIM in December 2006, until March 2014.


Until 2003, Tom was Chief Executive Officer of ABN AMRO Asset Management. Prior to joining ABN AMRO Asset Management in 1997, he spent 21 years at Lazard Brothers & Co., latterly as Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Brothers Asset Management from 1994 to 1997. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Phoenix Group Holdings, Artemis Alpha Trust plc, and a Non-Executive member of the Management Committee of Artemis Investment Management LLP. Tom is Chairman on the Market Disclosure Committee, a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee and Nomination Committee, JRL/PLACL Investment Committee, and a Director of the Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited and Just Retirement Limited.  

Rodney Cook, Group Chief Executive Officer

Rodney Cook continued to serve as Chief Executive Officer of JRP Group plc in April 2016. He was Chief Executive Officer of Just Retirement Group plc from August 2013 until April 2016, and was the Chief Executive Officer of Just Retirement (Holdings) Limited in July 2010. Previously, he was Managing Director, Life and Pensions of Liverpool Victoria (LV=).

Rodney, a qualified actuary and an FCA and PRA Approved Person, has 38 years’ experience in financial services, having led businesses in both the United Kingdom and Australasia. He commenced his career with AMP, which culminated in his appointment as Managing Director of Pearl in 1999. This was followed by time at Zurich Financial Services as Managing Director of Sterling Assurance, Eagle Star Life and as Zurich Financial Services Customer Solutions Director, before joining Prudential as Prulab Director. Rodney is a member of the Market Disclosure Committee, a Director of Just Retirement Limited, Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited, and Chairman of TOMAS Acquisitions Limited.

David Richardson, Deputy Group Chief Executive & MD UK Corporate Business

David was appointed as Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer and MD UK Corporate Business of JRP Group plc in April 2016.

He was Chief Finance Officer of Partnership Assurance Group plc from February 2013 until April 2016. Previously, he was Group Chief Actuary of the UK’s largest closed life assurance fund consolidator, Phoenix Group, where he was responsible for restructuring the group’s balance sheet and overall capital management. Prior to this, David worked in a number of senior roles at Swiss Re, across both its Admin Re and traditional reinsurance businesses. Those roles included Chief Actuary of its Life and Health business, Head of Products for UK and South Africa and Global Head of its Longevity Pricing teams. David commenced his career at the actuarial consultancy Tillinghast. David is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a CFA Charter holder.

Simon Thomas, Group Chief Financial Officer

Simon Thomas continued to serve as Group Chief Financial Officer of JRP Group plc in April 2016.

He was Group Finance Director of Just Retirement Group plc from August 2013 until April 2016, having been appointed as Group Finance Director of Just Retirement (Holdings) Limited in July 2006. Previously, he was Finance and Customer Services Director at Canada Life Limited, the UK subsidiary of Great West Life. Prior to this, Simon was Head of Finance at HECM Limited (formerly Equitable Life) and spent ten years at Nationwide Building Society, latterly as Group Financial Controller. Simon has over 15 years’ experience in the UK life assurance industry, and is a Chartered Accountant and an FCA and PRA Approved Person. Simon is a member of the Market Disclosure Committee and a Director of Just Retirement Limited, Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited and TOMAS Acquisitions Limited.

Keith Nicholson, Senior Independent Director

Keith Nicholson continued to serve as a Senior Independent Director of JRP Group plc in April 2016. He was Senior Independent Director of Just Retirement Group plc from October 2013 until April 2016.

He is Chairman of Liberty Speciality Markets (including the businesses of Liberty Managing Agency Limited and Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Limited) and Deputy Chairman of The Equitable Life Assurance Society. He was Deputy Chairman of Wesleyan Assurance Society until he resigned from its Board in September 2014. He was a partner at KPMG where he led their UK insurance practice until he retired from the firm in March 2009. Keith is Chairman of the Risk and Compliance Committee and a member of the Audit, Nomination and Market Disclosure Committees. He is also a Senior Independent Director of Just Retirement Limited and Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited, and a member of their Investment Committee, and a Senior Independent Director of Just Retirement Solutions Limited.

Paul Bishop, Non-Executive Director

Paul Bishop was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of JRP Group plc in April 2016. He previously served as a Non-Executive Director for Partnership Assurance Group plc from May 2014 until April 2016.

Paul currently holds the role of Non-Executive Director of the National House-Building Council since October 2016. Paul has spent the majority of his career at KPMG, and from 1993 to the end of January 2014 was a Partner apart from a brief period when he was employed at Atos KPMG Consulting as a Managing Director. Paul has specialised in the insurance sector for over 30 years, particularly life insurance, and led KPMG’s insurance consulting practice for much of his time as a Partner. Paul also spent 18 months on secondment at Standard Life as Head of Financial Change in the period leading up to its demutualisation and IPO. Paul is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and qualified in 1980. Paul is Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Nomination Committee and Just Retirement Limited/Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited Investment Committee. He is also a Director of Just Retirement Money Limited, Partnership Home Loans Limited, Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited and Just Retirement Limited.

Peter Catterall, Non-Executive Director

Peter was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of JRP Group plc in April 2016.

He previously served as a Non-Executive Director for Partnership Assurance Group plc from February 2013 to April 2016, having been a Director of the predecessor company since 2008. Peter joined Cinven in 1997 and is a member of Cinven’s Executive Committee. Peter has been involved in numerous investments at Cinven.

Ian Cormack, Non-Executive Director

Ian was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of JRP Group plc in April 2016.

He previously served as a Senior Independent Director for Partnership Assurance Group plc from May 2013 to April 2016. Prior to his appointment, Ian spent over 30 years at Citibank up until 2000, latterly as UK Country Head and Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group. From 2000 to 2002, he was Chief Executive Officer of AIG Europe. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of Pearl Group (2005-2009), Aspen Insurance Holdings (2002 – 2012), Qatar Financial Centre Authority (2006 – 2012), Bloomsbury Publishing (2011-2015) and previously Chairman of the CHAPS hi-value payment system. Ian is a former Chairman of the LSE Taurus Review Committee, and a former member of the board of Cedel, the Executive Committee of the European Securities Committee, the settlement board of the London Stock Exchange, the Council of the British Bankers’ Association and a former member of APACS.

In addition to the JRP Group, Ian is Chairman of Maven Income & Growth VCT 4, Senior Independent Director of Xchanging, Non-Executive Director of Hastings plc, Senior Independent Director of Phoenix Group and Chairman of Phoenix Life Holdings Limited and of the Phoenix Group Remuneration Committee. Ian is Chair of the Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Nomination and Group Risk & Compliance Committee. He is also a Director of Just Retirement Solutions, Just Retirement Money Limited, Partnership Home Loans Limited, Just Retirement Limited, and Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited.

Michael Deakin, Non-Executive Director

Michael continued to serve as a Non-Executive Director of JRP Group plc in April 2016.

He previously served as a Non-Executive Director for Just Retirement Group plc from April 2014 until April 2016. He is a qualified actuary and has over 25 year’s investment management experience. He joined Clerical Medical in 1974 where he was appointed Director of Investments in 1995 and in 2001 Chief Investment Officer of Clerical Medical Investments, later Insight Investments. Since retiring from Insight in September 2003, he has served as a Non-Executive member of the Board of the Pension Protection Fund and its Chairman of its Investment Committee from 2004 to 2010 and as a Board member of the London Pension Fund Authority from 2006 to 2012 (Deputy Chairman from 2009). Michael is Chair of the Just Retirement Limited/Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited Investment Committee, and a member of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is also Chair of Just Retirement Money Limited and Partnership Home Loans Limited, and Director of Just Retirement Solutions, Just Retirement Limited and Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited.

James Fraser, Non-Executive Director

James Fraser continued to serve as a Non-Executive Director of JRP Group plc in April 2016.

He was Non-Executive Director of Just Retirement Group plc from August 2013 until April 2016, having been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Just Retirement (Holdings) Limited from 2009 until March 2014. He is a Partner and the Head of the Financial Services Sector at Permira. Prior to joining Permira in 2008, James was Co-Head of the Global Financial Services practice at L.E.K. Consulting where he spent 21 years, 11 of which as a Partner. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Tilney Bestinvest Group.

Steve Melcher, Non-Executive Director

Steve continued to serve as a Non-Executive Director of JRP Group plc in April 2016.

He was Non-Executive Director of Just Retirement Group plc from May 2015 until April 2016. He has worked in financial services for over 40 years during which time he has held posts at JP Morgan, Marsh & McLennan and as Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Star, Allied Dunbar and Sun Life of Canada UK. He now has a portfolio of roles, including as a Non-Executive Director of Allianz Re in Dublin and as Chairman of Euler Hermes Pension Fund. He is also an Executive mentor which takes him inside many different industries. Steve is a member of the Audit, Group Risk & Compliance Committee, and the Nomination Committee. He is also a Director of Just Retirement Solutions, Just Retirement Limited, and Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited, and Chair of Just Retirement Money Limited and Partnership Home Loans Limited.

Clare Spottiswoode, Non-Executive Director

Clare was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of JRP Group plc in April 2016.

She was Non-Executive Director of Partnership Assurance Group plc from October 2014 to April 2016. Clare is a mathematician and economist by training, in June 2010, she was appointed by HM Treasury to the Independent Commission on Banking (The Vickers Commission). Clare’s career has involved acting as Policyholder Advocate for Norwich Union’s with-profits policyholders at Aviva, in which role she acted on behalf of 1m policyholders tasked with reattributing Aviva’s inherited estate, and included time as Director General of Ofgas, the UK gas regulator.

In addition to the JRP Group, Clare is a Non-Executive Director of BW Offshore Limited, EnQuest plc, Ilika plc, G4S plc, Seven Energy, and British Management Data Foundation, Independent Director of Payments Council and Chairman of Gas Strategies Limited and of FlowGroup plc. Clare is a member of the Audit and Group Risk & Compliance Committee, and a Director of Just Retirement Solutions, Just Retirement Limited, and Partnership Life Assurance Company Limited.


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