Board of directors

John Stewart, Chairman (photo)

John Stewart

Chairman

Skills and experience:

John was appointed Chairman of the company on 1 March 2010 and has extensive experience of financial services. He is a member of the Court of the Bank of England, a non-executive director of the Financial Reporting Council and is chairman of Guide Dogs for the Blind. He was previously a director of the Telstra Corporation, a member of the Australian Federal Attorney General’s Business Government Advisory Group on National Security and a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Task Group on Emissions Trading. Other former roles include: chief executive of Woolwich (1996–2000), deputy CEO of Barclays (2000–2003) and chief executive of National Australia Bank (2004–2008).

External appointments:

  • Southern Cross Stud LLP
  • The Court of the Bank of England
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind (chairman)
  • The Financial Reporting Council

Committee membership:

  • Nominations Committee
  • Corporate Governance Committee
Nigel Wilson, Group chief executive (photo)

Nigel Wilson

Group chief executive

Skills and experience:

Nigel was appointed group chief executive in 2012 having joined as group chief financial officer in 2009.

Prior to joining Legal & General, Nigel was deputy chief executive and chief financial officer of United Business Media plc. Nigel was a senior independent director (SID) of The Capita Group plc and was SID/chairman of Halfords Group Plc.

Previous appointments include: McKinsey & Co, (where clients included BP, Citibank, Cadbury’s, Santander, Kingfisher, Courtaulds, Whitbread and Globe Investment Trust), group commercial director of Dixons Group Plc, managing director of Stanhope Properties Plc, chief executive, Corporate, Guinness Peat Aviation (G.P.A.) and managing director, Viridian Capital.

Qualifications include a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a Kennedy Scholar, a recipient of the Alfred P Sloan research scholarship, and he worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Nigel has won numerous athletics championships including the 800m British Masters.

Rudy Markham, Vice chairman and senior independent non-executive director (photo)

Rudy Markham

Vice chairman and senior independent non-executive director

Skills and experience:

Rudy was appointed to the Board in October 2006. Rudy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He was awarded the CIMA Lifetime Contribution to Management Accounting Award in 2005. Former roles include: chief financial officer, director of strategy and technology and treasurer of Unilever Plc; chair and CEO of Unilever Japan; and chair of Unilever Australia.

External appointments:

  • AstraZeneca Plc
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital (chairman)
  • Corbion N.V. (supervisory board chairman)
  • United Parcel Service Inc

Committee membership:

  • Remuneration Committee (Chairman)
  • Nominations Committee
  • Group Risk Committee
  • Corporate Governance Committee
Mark Zinkula, Chief executive officer, LGIM (photo)

Mark Zinkula

Chief executive officer, LGIM

Skills and experience:

Mark was appointed to the Board in September 2012, having been appointed chief executive officer of Legal & General Investment Management in March 2011. Prior to that, he was CEO of Legal & General Investment Management America (LGIMA) since 2008 and played an integral part in the establishment and successful expansion of LGIMA. Prior to joining LGIMA, Mark was at Aegon Asset Management where he was global head of fixed income.

External appointments:

  • The Investment Association
John Pollock, Chief executive officer, LGAS (photo)

John Pollock

Chief executive officer, LGAS

Skills and experience:

John was appointed chief executive officer of LGAS on 1 July 2013. John was previously chief executive officer of the Protection and Annuities business and was appointed to the Board in December 2003, having joined Legal & General in 1980. John’s former roles include: director, UK Operations; managing director, Legal & General Asia based in Sydney Australia and various posts in Customer Services and IT. John holds a BSc from Strathclyde University and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

External appointments:

  • Financial Conduct Authority Practitioner Panel (deputy chairman)
  • CALA 1 Limited
  • CALA Group (Holdings) Limited
Mark Gregory, Chief financial officer (photo)

Mark Gregory

Chief financial officer

Skills and experience:

Mark was appointed group chief financial officer on 1 July 2013. Mark was previously chief executive officer, Savings and joined the Board in January 2009. He joined Legal & General in 1998 and has held a variety of divisional finance director roles and served as group financial controller, communications and resources director, resources and international director and UK service operations director. From 2006, he was managing director, With-Profits. Prior to joining Legal & General, he worked in senior financial and business development roles at companies including Kingfisher Plc and ASDA. He is a qualified chartered accountant.

Stuart Popham, Independent non-executive director (photo)

Stuart Popham

Independent non-executive director

Skills and experience:

Stuart was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2011. Stuart has extensive legal knowledge and business acumen. He was previously the senior partner of Clifford Chance LLP from 2003–2011. He is presently vice-chairman EMEA at Citigroup. Stuart is chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (‘Chatham House’) and was from 2008 to 2012 chairman of TheCityUK, a body created to promote financial services. Stuart sits on the Council of Birkbeck College, University of London and is a trustee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

External appointments:

  • Citigroup, vice chairman of EMEA Banking

Committee membership:

  • Nominations Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Risk Committee
Julia Wilson, Independent non-executive director (photo)

Julia Wilson

Independent non-executive director

Skills and experience:

Julia was appointed to the Board in November 2011. She has significant corporate finance, tax and accounting experience. She is the group finance director of 3i Group plc, which includes responsibility for finance, investment valuations and treasury. She has been a member of its board since 2008. Previously, she was the group director of corporate finance at Cable & Wireless plc where she also held a number of other finance related roles. Julia is a member of the ICAEW (ACA) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

External appointments:

  • 3i Group plc

Committee membership:

  • Audit Committee (Chair)
  • Nominations Committee
  • Risk Committee
Lindsay Tomlinson, Independent non-executive director (photo)

Lindsay Tomlinson

Independent non-executive director

Skills and experience:

Lindsay was appointed to the Board in May 2013. He has extensive investment management experience having spent a large part of his career with Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock). He held senior executive roles including as UK CEO, pan European CEO and later becoming the firm’s vice-chairman. Lindsay’s former roles also include: chairman of the Code Committee of the Takeover Panel, director of the Financial Reporting Council and chairman of the Investment Management Association. He was also previously chairman of the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds.

Committee membership:

  • Risk Committee (Chairman)
  • Audit Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Nominations Committee
Olaf Swantee, Independent non-executive director (photo)

Olaf Swantee

Independent non-executive director

Skills and experience:

Olaf was appointed to the Board in August 2014. Olaf has significant digital and technological experience and is currently chief executive officer of EE Ltd, the UK’s largest mobile phone operator and broadband provider. Previously, he was a member of the Orange executive board, heading the group’s Europe division. Before joining Orange, Olaf had 17 years’ experience in the IT industry in Europe and the United States, latterly serving as Hewlett-Packard’s EMEA senior vice president for enterprise sales and software. He also held senior leadership, sales and marketing positions with Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation in Europe and the United States.

Committee membership:

  • Nominations Committee
  • Audit Committee
Lizabeth Zlatkus, Independent non-executive director (photo)

Lizabeth Zlatkus

Independent non-executive director

Skills and experience:

Lizabeth was appointed to the Board in December 2013. She spent the majority of her career at The Hartford Financial Services Group (‘Hartford’), serving as both chief financial officer and chief risk officer of the firm. In addition, she held a range of senior operating roles including co-president of Hartford Life Insurance Companies. She served on various insurance industry committees including as regulatory chair for the North American Chief Risk Officers Council. Outside of her professional career, Lizabeth is actively involved with various educational, health and science organisations, and sits on several non profit boards. She was previously selected to be a member of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, due to her work with the disabled community.

Committee membership:

  • Nominations Committee
  • Risk Committee
  • Audit Committee
Richard Meddings, Independent non-executive director (photo)

Richard Meddings

Independent non-executive director

Skills and experience:

Richard was appointed to the Board in December 2014. Richard is a qualified chartered accountant and has over 30 years of banking and financial services experience, most recently having spent 12 years on the board of Standard Chartered and almost eight years as finance director. Previously, Richard was group financial controller at Barclays and was also chief operating officer for the Wealth Management, Premium Retail and Life Assurance businesses. He has also served on the board of Woolwich as group finance director and as a non-executive director at 3i where he was the senior independent director and chair of the audit committee. He is a committee member of ‘Seeing is Believing’, a Standard Chartered charity, in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, which raises funds to cure avoidable blindness.

External appointments:

  • HM Treasury, non-executive director and chair of the audit committee
  • Member of the Governing Council of the International Chamber of Commerce, UK

Committee membership:

  • Nominations Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Risk Committee
Carolyn Bradley, Independent non-executive director (photo)

Carolyn Bradley

Independent non-executive director

Skills and experience:

Carolyn was appointed to the Board in December 2014. Carolyn has a strong consumer focused background having worked at Tesco from 1986 until 2013. During this time, Carolyn held a range of senior positions in various roles including e-commerce director, chief operating officer, Tesco.com, marketing director, UK and, most recently, as group brand director.

External appointments:

  • Marston’s PLC
  • The Mentoring Foundation
  • The Invicta Film Partnership No. 6 LLP

Committee membership:

  • Nominations Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Geoffrey Timms, Group general counsel and company secretary (photo)

Geoffrey Timms

Group general counsel and company secretary

Skills and experience:

Geoffrey was appointed as group general counsel and company secretary in 2008 and has been the group’s chief legal officer since 1999. Prior to joining Legal & General, Geoffrey was a solicitor with Clifford Chance.