Jim McLaren MBE
Jim was appointed to the Board in 2012 and appointed Chairman in 2019. 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.
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 the global representative body of the cooperative and mutual insurance sector, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Duffin MA, FFA, CCMI
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.
Christine Kennedy OBE
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.
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, a Lloyd's syndicate, as well as Lloyd’s broker, Thompson Heath & Bond Ltd.
Richard was appointed to the Board in 2018 as Finance Director. His responsibilities include Financial & Regulatory Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Investments, 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).
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.
Chris Stooke BA (Hons) FCA
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 Officer of Catlin Group. He is Chairman of Chaucer Syndicates, a Non-Executive Director at King’s College Hospital and a trustee at both King's College Hospital Charity and South London Theatre. Chris was previously Chairman of Miles Smith.
Sales & Agency Director
Nick was appointed to the Board in 2013 as the Sales and Agency Director. He is responsible for the growth of the General Insurance and Life sides of the business. Nick joined NFU Mutual from AXA where he was Managing Director, Intermediary & Partnerships – Personal Lines. His career spans more than 34 years, largely in the fields of Life and Wealth Management. Nick is President of the Chartered Insurance Institute and was previously President of the Personal Finance Society.