Richard Percy BSc (Hons), MAE, FRAgS
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.
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 International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (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.
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.
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 25 years, largely in the fields of Life and Wealth Management.
Richard was appointed Finance Director in May 2018. Richard joined NFU Mutual in October 2011, as Head of Finance to lead a team of 120 colleagues. His principle responsibilities covered Financial & Regulatory Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Business Partnering, Shared Services transaction processing, Procurement and Group Data Office. Richard is a director of Avon Insurance plc and a trustee of the NFU Mutual retirement benefit scheme.
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, Chairman of the Aviva With Profits Committee and Chairman of the GEC 1972 Pension Plan. Brian is also the Deputy Chairman of the Church of Scotland Investors Trust.
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 is a Non-Executive Director of Allied World Syndicate 2232 which is a Lloyds syndicate.
Jim McLaren MBE
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. Since 2011 Jim has been 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.
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 and Miles Smith and a Non-Executive Director at both King’s College Hospital and South London Theatre Centre.
Jon was appointed to the Board in March 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.
Ali was appointed to the Board in April 2018. She worked in advertising for 16 years where she progressed to Client Services Director before becoming a farmer. Ali 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.