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The Board

Introducing our Board.

Our Board are responsible for the overall direction of the Company and setting the Company’s values and standards.

Richard Percy

Richard Percy BSc (Hons), MAE, FRAgS

Chairman

Richard was appointed to the Board in 2003 and appointed Chairman in 2012. A farmer for more than 30 years, he has contributed to a number of DEFRA working groups, including those tackling farming regulation and farm business resilience. He was an NFU Council Delegate for 10 years, and for six years was a member of the Board of the Environment Agency. He is also a Director of Apsley Developments Limited.

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Head shot of Group Chief Executive Lindsay Sinclair

Lindsay Sinclair

Group Chief Executive

Lindsay was appointed Group Chief Executive in 2008 and is responsible for managing the conduct of the Group’s business. During his career he has run retail businesses around the world for Barclays, ING and Standard Chartered. He is a Board member of ICMIF and sits on the General Insurance Committee of the Association of British Insurers. He also sits on the steering group of The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme.

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Jon Bailie - Non Executive Director

Jon Bailie

Non-Executive Director

Jon was appointed to the Board in 2018. He has extensive investment management experience, having held senior positions at Pioneer Investments, AXA Investment Managers and Russell Investments. He is a Non-Executive Director of Openwork Wealth Management and a Board member of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform. He was previously Chairman of the Management Committee of Pantheon Ventures, a global private equity business.

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Steve Bower BSc (Hons), ACII

Customer Services Director

Steve became a Director in July 2010 and is responsible for General Insurance Customer Services, which includes Underwriting, Claims and Re-insurance, at our Head Office and our seven regional centres. Steve’s career at NFU Mutual spans three decades and during that time he has held a variety of roles including Sales Manager, Regional Manager and Chief Manager – Life Services.

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Ali Capper - Non executive Director

Ali Capper

Non-Executive Director

Ali was appointed to the Board in 2018. She is Chair of the NFU National Horticulture Board, a director of the British Hop Association, Wye Hops Limited and Wye Fruit Limited, Executive Chair of English Apples & Pears and a Trustee of Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust. She is a previous Board member of Cargill Growers Association. Ali worked in advertising for 16 years where she progressed to Client Services Director before becoming a farmer.

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Brian Duffin MA, FFA, CCMI

Non-Executive Director

Brian was appointed to the Board in 2014. He is an Actuary with extensive financial services experience. Brian was previously Group Chief Executive of Scottish Life and an Executive Director of Royal London Group. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Debt Management Office, Chairman of Scottish Equitable Policyholder’s Trust, of the GEC 1972 Pension Plan, and of Aviva’s With Profits Committee. Brian is also the Deputy Chairman of the Church of Scotland Investors Trust. He is also Chairman of Trustees of the Group’s Staff Retirement Benefit Scheme.

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Christine Kennedy OBE

Non-Executive Director

Christine was appointed to the Board in 2014. A partner in her family’s County Down beef farm for nearly 30 years, Christine was previously the Director of Commodities and Food for the Ulster Farmers Union and a co-opted member of the UFU Board. She has been an Independent Panel Member for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and is a Director of Countryside Services Ltd, a member of the NI Food Advisory Committee for the FSA, and also a Trustee of Donaghadee YFC.

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Eileen McCusker

Non-Executive Director

Eileen was appointed to the Board in 2012. She has over 30 years’ domestic and international insurance industry experience across underwriting, regional and operational management and sales. Previously the CEO of XL International Property and Casualty, she has also worked with Commercial Union and Winterthur International. Eileen was previously a Non-Executive Director of Allied World Syndicate 2232, which is a Lloyds syndicate.

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Jim McLaren MBE

Non-Executive Director

Jim was appointed to the Board in 2012. He served as President of NFU Scotland from 2007 to 2011, having served previously as the organisation’s Milk Committee Chairman before becoming Vice President in 2006. Jim was Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland Limited and is a former Director of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Jim is a mixed beef and arable farmer from Perthshire in Central Scotland.

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Richard Morley

Richard Morley

Finance Director

Richard was appointed to the Board in 2018 as Finance Director. His responsibilities include Financial & Regulatory Reporting, Planning & Analysis, Actuarial Finance, Property and Procurement. He joined NFU Mutual in 2011 as Head of Finance. Prior to that he held a variety of Finance leadership roles for Thames Water, BNP-Paribas and Lloyds Banking Group. He is a qualified accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA).

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David Roper

David Roper

Non-Executive Director

David was appointed to the Board in September 2019. David worked for PwC for nearly 30 years and spent the last 16 years with PwC as a financial services partner. He is also Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Atom Bank and Deputy Chair of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

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Head shot of Non-Executive Director Chris Stooke

Chris Stooke BA (Hons) FCA

Non-Executive Director

Chris was appointed to the Board in 2011 and appointed Senior Independent Director in 2014. A Chartered Accountant, Chris has extensive insurance experience, having held a number of practice and management positions at PwC and been Chief Financial Offi cer of Catlin Group. He is Chairman of Chaucer Syndicates and a Non-Executive Director at both King’s College Hospital and South London Theatre Centre. Chris was previously Chairman of Miles Smith.

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Nick Turner

Sales & Agency Director

Nick Turner was appointed to the Board in July 2013. He has responsibility for the development of the Life and General Insurance sides of the business through the various distribution channels which include the Agency Network, Financial Advisers, Mutual Direct, Group Corporate Business team and Islands Insurance, which is based in the Channel Islands. Nick joined NFU Mutual from AXA where he was Managing Director, Intermediary & Partnerships – Personal Lines. His career stretches back more than 33 years, largely in the field of Life and Wealth Management. He recently retired as the President of the Personal Finance Society.

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