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  • AXA
    The AXA UK Board brings a wealth of experience in financial services and wider business disciplines.

    Ian Brimecome - Chairman

    Born 1953, he was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in March 2007 before his appointment as Chairman of the Board in March 2013. Ian has over 30 years' experience of the financial services industry in a wide variety of roles.

    He has advised on more than one hundred merger and acquisition transactions in the insurance and asset management industries in more than twenty countries.

    He also serves as Chairman of Equitable Life Assurance Society, Tokio Marine Kiln Group Limited, HCC Holdings Inc and Delphi Financial Group Inc, Executive Chairman International of Tokio Marine Holdings, Chairman of Tokio Marine North America and Tokio Millenium Re AG and, Deputy Chairman of Tokio Marine Asia. He was appointed as Non-Executive Director of Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance Company Limited in India in April 2015.

    Membership of AXA UK Committees:

    • Remuneration and Nomination Committee (Chairman)
    • Investment Committee (Chairman)

    Peter Hazell - Non-Executive Director

    Born 1948, he was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in May 2013. 

    Peter’s background as UK Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers together with roles in its predecessor firms and, more recently as a Non-Executive Director, has led to a wide knowledge of regulated businesses, competition policy, investment appraisal, M&A and strategic planning.

    Peter has held several non-executive roles including Chairman of Argent (a property developer), Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committees of Brit Insurance Holdings BV, Smith & Williamson Holdings Ltd, the National Environment Research Council (NERC) and UK Coal plc. He was appointed as Non-Executive Director of Canopius Managing Agents Limited in November 2014. Peter is also a Member of Court at University of Greenwich and was a member of the Competition Commission.  He has particular knowledge and experience of both insurance and asset management, with a financial background.

    Membership of AXA UK Committees and principal Operating Boards:

    • Audit Committee (Chairman)
    • Investment Committee
    • Remuneration and Nomination Committee
    • AXA Insurance UK plc
    • AXA PPP healthcare limited (Chairman)
    • AXA Insurance dac (Ireland)
    • Architas Multi-Manager Limited

    Michael Jackson - Non-Executive Director

    Born 1962, he was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2016.

    Michael Jackson is a General Partner at Mangrove Capital Partners and was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Skype from 2004 to 2007 with responsibility for operations and revenue generation. Prior to joining Skype, Michael worked for Tele2, the leading alternative telecommunication carrier in Europe.Michael also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of a number of technology companies including Nimbuzz (instant messaging), Blockchain.info. (virtual currency) and Echobox (AI for digital marketing).

    Membership of AXA UK Committees and principal Operating Company Boards:

    • Audit Committee
    • AXA Insurance UK plc
    • AXA PPP healthcare limited

    Howard Posner - Non-Executive Director

    Born 1956, he was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in July 2015.

    Howard’s extensive career in the financial services industry began in 1979. He has held several senior positions within NRG Group and most recently with HBOS plc, where he was Chief Executive and Managing Director responsible for the non-life insurance strategy and creation of the HBOS General Insurance Division.

    In 2005, Howard became an independent consultant with particular focus on strategic and process orientated projects within the insurance and reinsurance sectors. He co-founded General Insurance Distribution Limited in 2010, a specialist distributor of niche financial and insurance products, of which he remains the Chairman.

    Howard has held several non-executive roles including Non-Executive Director of QBE European Operations, UK General Insurance Group and Giles Insurance Brokers Limited. He has extensive knowledge and experience in business strategy, corporate finance, corporate governance and audit and regulatory matters.

    Membership of AXA UK Committees and principal Operating Company Boards:

    • Audit Committee
    • AXA Insurance UK plc
    • AXA Insurance dac (Ireland)
    • AXA PPP healthcare limited
    • Health and Protection Solutions Limited (Chairman)

    Thierry Sciard - Non-Executive Director

    Born 1956, Thierry was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2016.

    Thierry has over 30 years of combined investment banking and investment management experience. He is Senior Independent Director on the Board of Mizuho International plc and a member of the Mizuho Audit & Compliance, Risk and Nomination committees and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

    In May 2015, he was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director on the European Boards of Standard & Poor's in Paris and London for a five-year term. He also recently joined the board of Liquidnet Europe in January 2016 where he is also a member of the Risk Committee and the Audit & Compliance Committee.

    Thierry has previously held senior roles at global investment banks including: Managing Principal at StormHarbour Partners; CEO at StormHarbour Alternative Investments LLP; Global Head of Alternatives and Solutions at Fortis Investments; Head of Investment Management Europe and Middle East at Lehman Brothers; Global Head of Capital Markets at CALYON; and Global Head of Fixed Income at Credit Agricole Indosuez.

    Membership of AXA UK Committees and principal Operating Company Boards:

    • Audit Committee
    • Investment Committee
    • AXA Insurance UK plc
    • AXA PPP healthcare limited

    Paul Evans - Non-Executive Director

    Born 1965, Paul joined the AXA Group Management Committee and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Global Life & Savings and Global Health effective 1st July 2016. He became a Non-Executive Director of the Board in June 2016. Prior to this he served on the Board as AXA UK Group Chief Executive, since October 2010. Former roles include Chief Executive of AXA Life and Group Finance Director of AXA UK, responsible for finance, strategy, treasury and taxation. He was appointed as Chairman of AXA Corporate Solutions in December 2014.

    Paul joined AXA in January 2000 from PricewaterhouseCoopers and was appointed to the Board in November 2001. Paul is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and completed his term as Chairman of the Board of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) in October 2016.

    Membership of AXA UK Committees and principal Operating Company Boards:

    • Architas Multi-Manager Limited (Chairman)

    Gaëlle Olivier - Non-Executive Director

    Born 1971, Gaëlle Olivier has been Chief Executive Officer of AXA Global P&C and a member of the AXA Management Committee since July 2016. Gaëlle joined the AXA Group in 1998 and has held several leadership roles over the years; She has more than 20 years of involvement in financial services with international experience.

    Prior to this Gaëlle was CEO of AXA Enterprises and Chief Executive Officer, General Insurance, AXA Asia, overseeing all AXA General Insurance operations in Southeast Asia including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India. She has been a member of the AXA P&C Board since May 2011.

    Previous roles include: Head of Communications and Corporate Responsibility for the AXA Group (2009-2011); Head of Strategy and Audit, AXA Japan (2006-2009); Head of Investment Operations, AXA Japan (2005-2006); and, Executive Assistant to AXA Group CEO and Corporate Secretary (2000-2004). Gaëlle began her career at Credit Lyonnais working on the financial engineering of equity derivative products.

    Membership of AXA UK Committees:

    • Remuneration and Nomination Committee

    Amanda Blanc - Group Chief Executive

    Born 1967, Amanda was appointed Group Chief Executive from 1st July 2016 having been CEO, AXA Insurance UK & Ireland since January 2016. She joined the Board in March 2011 when she was appointed CEO, AXA Insurance Commercial Lines.

    This is Amanda's second career within AXA where she previously held various leadership roles in the Commercial Lines business from 1999 to 2003.

    She rejoined AXA UK in 2011 from The Towergate Partnership where she was Deputy Group CEO, with responsibility for the leadership of Towergate’s retail broking business. Amanda has also held senior positions at Groupama, Commercial Union and Ernst & Young.

    Amanda sits on AXA’s Global Property and Casualty Board and leads AXA’s Global SME initiative. She is a member of the Board of the Association of British Insurers, currently chairs the Insurance Fraud Bureau and was President of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 2013.

    Membership of AXA UK Committees and principal Operating Company Boards:

    • Executive Committee (Chair)
    • Investment Committee
    • AXA Insurance UK plc
    • AXA Insurance dac (Ireland)
    • AXA PPP Healthcare Limited

    Bertrand Poupart-Lafarge - Executive Director

    Born 1968, he was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer in September 2013.

    Bertrand has been with AXA UK since September 2012 as Deputy CFO (with responsibility for financial controls; planning, budgeting, reporting and tax; business intelligence; and finance projects).  He previously held the role of Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer AXA Equitable Inc. in New York and prior to that, Executive Vice President and CFO of AXA Canada. He has also held various roles in AXA France in Paris since 1997.

    He has recently been appointed as a member of the Prudential, Financial and Taxation Committee of the ABI.

    Membership of AXA UK Committees and principal Operating Company Boards:

    • Executive Committee
    • Investment Committee
    • Architas Multi-Manager Limited
    • AXA Insurance UK plc
    • AXA PPP healthcare Limited

    Keith Gibbs - Executive Director

    Born 1958, Keith was appointed to the Board in February 2004. Since November 2001 he has been Chief Executive of AXA PPP healthcare. In March 2016, Keith became Non-Executive Chairman of the AXA Global Protect Board, responsible for oversight of AXA’s combined international PMI strategy. Keith is also a Director of AXA Strategic Ventures SA.

    Keith is President of the International Federation of Health Plans, the leading organisation representing global health plans with over 70 members spread over six continents.

    He formerly held a wide range of senior positions at Sun Life of Canada, Sentinel Life, Citibank and Lloyds TSB.

    Membership of AXA UK Committees and principal Operating Company Boards:

    • Executive Committee
    • AXA Insurance UK plc (Non-Executive)
    • AXA PPP healthcare limited


    All the directors can be contacted through AXA's Head Office at 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1AD.