Sir Leigh Lewis KCB (Chairman)
Sir Leigh Lewis is the vice-chair of St Mungo's, a London homelessness charity. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and a visiting fellow in public sector leadership at Greenwich University.
Sir Leigh was a civil servant for 37 years. Before retiring in late 2010, he was permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, a role he had held since 2005.
Mike is an actuary and has 40 years experience working in the life and pensions industry. His career was with Legal & General where he held a wide variety of senior management roles, including Chief Actuary for the Group from 2002 to 2010.
Since leaving Legal & General, Mike has accepted a number of non-executive roles; he was appointed as an independent member of the With Profits Committees of the former AXA companies in September 2010 and the Friends Life companies in March 2011.
He is also a non-executive director of HSBC Life (UK) Limited.
Frances has had various roles within the banking and asset management sector for over 30 years.
In 1995, Frances joined Morgan Grenfell Asset Management where she established and headed a very successful pooled funds pension business.
She became Chief Executive of GMO Woolley in 2001 before becoming Director & Head of Institutional business at Gartmore in 2002. From 2005 she ran the investment trust business also at Gartmore.
Frances is currently a partner at Opus Corporate Finance.
Frances has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an M.Phil. in Management Studies from Oxford University.
Janet has over 30 years’ experience working in the life insurance industry having qualified as an actuary in 1983. She has been a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries since 1987. Janet spent her early career working in the life insurance sector in Canada.
After two years working for KPMG, Janet was recruited by Britannic Assurance. She was appointed Senior Project Manager of a large transformational Change Programme in 1997.
Between 1999 and 2013 she held various senior roles at Sun Life Financial of Canada’s UK subsidiary, including Legal and Compliance Director and Chief Operating Officer. Janet was the Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2013.
Janet was appointed as an independent member of With Profits Committee of Friends Life Limited and Friends Life and Pensions Limited in June 2014.
Howard Jacobs is chair of trustees of a Cambridge University Pension Scheme and a member of the Actuarial Council. He is also a trustee of the River and Rowing Museum Foundation.
For most of his career, Howard specialised in employment, pensions and equity incentive advice at the London law firm of Slaughter and May. Following his retirement in 2002, Howard pursued various business and charitable activities including 10 years as a trustee for the Universities Superannuation Scheme, the principal pension scheme for UK Academics. He was a founding member of what is now the Advisory Council of the United Nations supported Principles of Responsible Investment Initiative.
David Still is Managing Director of Aviva’s UK and Ireland ‘Heritage’ business, which incorporates most with-profits policies. He joined Friend Life in 2011 as Managing Director of its Retirement Income business.
David started his career at Prudential, training as an actuary before taking on the commercial management of Prudential's individual retirement business in 2000. In 2006, David joined Paternoster, an annuity company, where he was Pricing Director. Before joining Friends life, David also spent a period in the banking sector developing longevity trading solutions where he sat on the Board of Life and Longevity markets Association.