Meet our people

We have no shareholders, so our people work towards achieving better financial outcomes for everyone.

A different sort of team

We’re proud to be part of an exceptional team. Our people have industry-leading experience and a shared passion for making things simpler and fairer.

As we don’t have any shareholders to worry about, it means we can focus on making profit for people and putting our customers first.

We’re committed to helping people build financial foundations for life. Discover who shapes our business and the industry for the better.

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Patrick Heath-Lay

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick became Chief Executive Officer in 2012 and has brought a wealth of experience to a range of financial and customer service focused roles within the company. He is responsible for driving the group’s strategy and was instrumental in the launch of The People’s Pension, which now serves more than 6 million people across the UK. Patrick is passionate about bringing simplicity to the complex world of financial services, providing straightforward and accessible products for everybody. He remains driven to ensure that we, as a company, strive to do what’s best for our members and help people across the UK build stronger financial lives.

Angela Staral

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Angela is responsible for all customer operations and servicing across the group.

She brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to her role from companies such as Goldman Sachs, HSBC and ING.

Angela is passionate about delivering operational excellence and driving the continued improvement of the service People’s Partnership offers to our growing membership.

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Deborah Finlayson

Chief People Officer

Deborah became Chief People Officer in November 2022, bringing over 20 years’ experience in HR with her, where she’s focusing on strategy, culture, talent and performance.

Deborah is passionate about creating business growth through aligning business ambitions with the way people work. She has worked across a variety of financial services organisations, including FinTech.

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Dominic Fielding

Chief Risk Officer

Dominic is a governance, risk, and compliance professional with 30 years’ experience in financial services. He brings an ethical focus to his role, including preventing financial crime, and focusing the business on great customer outcomes.

Dominic is passionate about social justice and the societal benefits long term savings and insurance can bring our customers.

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Nigel Rodgers

Chief Information Officer

At People’s Partnership, Nigel is responsible for our group information technology and digital estate.

Nigel has 20 years’ experience working in dual regulated Financial Services businesses, as chief information officer. His previous roles include leading IT, Change, commercial property.

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David Meliveo

Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer, David is responsible for product, distribution, marketing, and customer experience. David brings over 20 years of commercial and marketing experience to his role at People’s Partnership.

David is driven by a deep passion for delivering exceptional customer value through simple, straightforward products. With a keen eye for market trends and a commitment to innovation, David is dedicated to creating seamless customer experiences and cultivating long-lasting relationships.

Vicki Skipper

Director of Corporate Strategic Development

Vicki joined in 2019 bringing extensive strategy experience from her consulting background.

Dan Mikulskis

Chief Investment Officer

Dan leads the investment team at People’s Partnership, driving forward the investment strategy of The People’s Pension master trust, which has more than 6 million members and is one of the largest asset owners in the UK.

Dan is a big fan of cutting through the noise when it comes to investing and using clear principles to guide investment.

He has been operating in the investments sector since 2003. His previous career experience has included investment consulting roles at consultancy firms Lane, Clark and Peacock (LCP) – where Dan was a partner – Redington and Mercer.

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Jim Islam

Chair

Jim is Chair of People’s Partnership Limited, our strategic board, having previously served as a Non-Executive Director for the Group. Jim is also Chair of the of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Jim is an actuary with extensive board level leadership experience in insurance, investment management, and life and pensions sectors. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, USA, and a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Jim has held senior finance and general management roles at Lloyd’s of London and Legal & General Group. In his various Managing Director and Finance Director roles covering UK and global businesses, he developed and transformed market leading businesses, including Legal & General’s auto-enrolment pensions business.

Jim is also an RNLI Trustee, the charity that saves lives at sea as well as serving on the Board of OneFamily.

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Veronica Oak

Non-Executive Director

Veronica joined People’s Partnership on 1 April 2022 and is also Chair of the administration board, People’s Administration Services Limited.

Veronica brings a wealth of experience gained within the financial services sector. She has spent over 20 years as an independent marketing and business development consultant helping companies develop their strategy, new products, and services for their customers.

Veronica has held a number of non-executive director positions, including two with mutual organisations (OneFamily and The Hanley Economic Building Society), and has also served on the boards of Chesnara plc and Sanlam in the UK and a trade body that represents the interests of life assurance and investment providers.

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Pat Billingham

Non-Executive Director

Pat is Chair of the Group Audit & Risk Committee and B&CE Insurance Limited. Pat is also a Non-Executive Director of People’s Administration Services Limited and Senior Independent Director.

Pat is an experienced non-executive director and has spent over 10 years building a portfolio which includes roles as a Board member, Audit and Risk Committee Chair and Board Chair. Pat has also been the Board Conduct Risk Champion in an insurance business and an Independent NED with responsibility for Culture. Pat is a Non-Executive Director at Hamilton Group Limited, an insurance business which includes a Lloyd’s Syndicate and an Irish subsidiary, where she is Chair of the Risk and Remuneration Committees, Senior Independent Director, as well as a Board member.

Pat’s Executive career was as a tax specialist, both as an Inspector of Taxes and a subsequent career as a tax partner at EY, one of the global Big 4 accounting and professional services firms, where she gained experienced advising international businesses and working with colleagues from across the global reach of the firm.

Her Board career has spanned a number of sectors, including financial services, a listed business in the healthcare sector and the social housing sector. Pat has strong financial services credentials with a familiarity and understanding of regulated businesses and the governance associated with regulation. Pat acts as a coach and mentor and has a strong commitment to improving diversity.

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Ciarán Barr

Non-Executive Director

As well as serving on our strategic board, Ciarán is Chair of People’s Investments Limited and a member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Ciarán is an investment professional with over 25 years’ experience in financial markets across fund management, strategy and economics, including a transformational leadership role at the Railways Pension Scheme, one of the UK’s largest and most complex schemes.

Ciarán is currently a Board member at LGPS Central, a Board member of the Railway Benefit Fund and a Director and Finance & Audit Committee Chair at Studio Wayne McGregor Ltd. He was previously a member of the Scottish Widows Independent Governance Committee.

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Jim McKinnon

Non-Executive Director

Jim is also a member of Group Audit & Risk Committee.

Jim McKinnon brings a wealth of information technology & business experience to the Board having spent more than 40 years at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, most recently in the role of Chief Information Officer, based in Ohio, USA.

Jim has also held various Senior Finance & IT roles within the Goodyear UK organisation, all of which included extended European management responsibility.

Since returning to the UK, Jim has undertaken a number of roles including Trustee & Director at Compton Care Group Ltd as well as a voluntary business mentor with The Prince’s Trust.

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John Allott

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director representing Construction Industry Employee Groups. John also serves on our Group Audit & Risk Committee and Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

John was appointed National Officer for Unite the Union in 2022. As National Officer he covered Construction, local authorities and MOD, Government departments. He led these Industrial Sectors on representation, lobbying and national negotiations on behalf of Unite members covering pay and pensions.

John has extensive Board experience. He has chaired the Joint Industry for Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services for England and Wales He has served on the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). He is currently a Board member of JTL training Limited and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme Limited and a Trustee of Plumbing Pensions UK.

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Kyla Farmer

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director representing the Construction Industry Employer Groups. Kyla is also a member of Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Kyla has over 20 years’ experience working in HR and People Functional leadership roles across several different industries, including travel, hospitality, construction, engineering and telecommunications.

She has worked for large PLC organisations as well as owner operated, and private equity backed, SME’s. She is passionate about how employers can have a positive impact on their employees, and how creating a great place to work enables both the business and the team to thrive. She is currently Chief People Officer at Indigo, a digital engineering business.

Kyla has a deep understanding of what motivates and challenges employers and champions clear and simple products for employees. She brings all of this expertise into her role at the People’s Partnership.

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Rupert Perkins

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director representing Construction Industry Employer Groups.

Rupert is the Managing Director of John Perkins Construction, an award-winning construction company based in Bristol and Newport. The business was named Building Contractor of the Year in England (turnover under £15m) at the 2020 Construction Awards of Excellence.

Rupert has held a variety of external board-level positions for organisations, including the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the National Federation of Builders, the South West Builders Federation, and the Building Safety Group. He is also part of the Construction Industry Training Board Industry Funding Committee.

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John Neal

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director representing Construction Industry Employee Groups.

John joined People’s Partnership on 1 April 2022. He is the National Pensions Officer for Unite the Union (Unite), providing support and advice to Unite members and officers on collective issues relating to pensions.

John has been a trustee on Unite’s Pension Scheme Trustee board for 10 years, leading the board on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters. John is a scheme advisory board (SAB) member for the Local Government Pension Scheme, the NHS Pensions Scheme and a Joint Superannuation Committee member for the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

John is also a trustee on the Crystal Master Trust, a constituent organisation representative on the Plumbing Pensions Scheme and a member of the Trade Union Share Owners group (TUSO).

Laura Chappell

Non-Executive Director

Laura joined People’s Partnership in June 2023 as a Non-Executive Director. She is a prominent pensions industry figure and is currently Chief Executive of Brunel Pension Partnership.

Having worked within institutional fund management for much of her career including, Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock), M&G, Schroders and Brewin Dolphin, Laura has a passion for seeing responsible and sustainable investing in action and has a deep-rooted commitment to pension fund members.

Laura’s vision is to deliver sustainable futures for ourselves and generations to come and to empower members of the asset owner and asset manager communities to pursue a more sustainable and responsible approach to savings and investments for the good of all pension fund members.

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Dean Lamble

Non-Executive Director

Dean joined People’s Partnership on 1 September 2022 as a Non-Executive Director.  Dean is a Non-Executive Director of B&CE Insurance Limited and People’s Administration Services Limited.  Dean also serves on our Group Audit & Risk Committee.

Until recently Dean was Chief Executive Officer and Board member of SunLife Insurance where he led a significant transformation of the business repositioning the strategy, refreshing the brand, building a top-class management team, and driving a high-performance culture. Dean focussed the business on the customer – driving a digital first operating model with deep capability across analytics and direct marketing leading to an increase in customer satisfaction, over 1 million new to brand customers and significant earnings growth.

Dean is currently CEO of Pure Cremation, a private equity backed disruptor in the later life and funeral sector.

Head shot of Patrick Heath-Lay

Patrick Heath-Lay

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick became Chief Executive Officer in 2012 and has brought a wealth of experience to a range of financial and customer service focused roles within the company. He is responsible for driving the group’s strategy and was instrumental in the launch of The People’s Pension, which now serves more than 6 million people across the UK.

Patrick is passionate about bringing simplicity to the complex world of financial services, providing straightforward and accessible products for everybody. He remains driven to ensure that we, as a company, strive to do what’s best for our members and help people across the UK build stronger financial lives.

Angela Staral

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Angela is responsible for all customer operations and servicing across the group.

She brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to her role from companies such as Goldman Sachs, HSBC and ING.

Angela is passionate about delivering operational excellence and driving the continued improvement of the service People’s Partnership offers to our growing membership.

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Deborah Finlayson

Chief People Officer

Deborah became Chief People Officer in November 2022, bringing over 20 years’ experience in HR with her, where she’s focusing on strategy, culture, talent and performance.

Deborah is passionate about creating business growth through aligning business ambitions with the way people work. She has worked across a variety of financial services organisations, including FinTech.

Head shot of Dominic Fielding

Dominic Fielding

Chief Risk Officer

Dominic is a governance, risk, and compliance professional with 30 years’ experience in financial services. He brings an ethical focus to his role, including preventing financial crime, and focusing the business on great customer outcomes.

Dominic is passionate about social justice and the societal benefits long term savings and insurance can bring our customers.

Head shot of Nigel Rodgers

Nigel Rodgers

Chief Information Officer

At People’s Partnership, Nigel is responsible for our group information technology and digital estate.

Nigel has 20 years’ experience working in dual regulated Financial Services businesses, as chief information officer. His previous roles include leading IT, Change, commercial property.

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David Meliveo

Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer, David is responsible for product, distribution, marketing, and customer experience. David brings over 20 years of commercial and marketing experience to his role at People’s Partnership.

David is driven by a deep passion for delivering exceptional customer value through simple, straightforward products. With a keen eye for market trends and a commitment to innovation, David is dedicated to creating seamless customer experiences and cultivating long-lasting relationships.

Vicki Skipper

Director of Corporate Strategic Development

Vicki joined in 2019 bringing extensive strategy experience from her consulting background.

Dan Mikulskis

Chief Investment Officer

Dan leads the investment team at People’s Partnership, driving forward the investment strategy of The People’s Pension master trust, which has more than 6 million members and is one of the largest asset owners in the UK.

Dan is a big fan of cutting through the noise when it comes to investing and using clear principles to guide investment.

He has been operating in the investments sector since 2003. His previous career experience has included investment consulting roles at consultancy firms Lane, Clark and Peacock (LCP) – where Dan was a partner – Redington and Mercer.

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Jim Islam

Chair

Jim is Chair of People’s Partnership Limited, our strategic board, having previously served as a Non-Executive Director for the Group. Jim is also Chair of the of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Jim is an actuary with extensive board level leadership experience in insurance, investment management, and life and pensions sectors. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, USA, and a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Jim has held senior finance and general management roles at Lloyd’s of London and Legal & General Group. In his various Managing Director and Finance Director roles covering UK and global businesses, he developed and transformed market leading businesses, including Legal & General’s auto-enrolment pensions business.

Jim is also an RNLI Trustee, the charity that saves lives at sea as well as serving on the Board of OneFamily.

Head shot of Veronica Oak

Veronica Oak

Non-Executive Director

Veronica joined People’s Partnership on 1 April 2022 and is also Chair of the administration board, People’s Administration Services Limited.

Veronica brings a wealth of experience gained within the financial services sector. She has spent over 20 years as an independent marketing and business development consultant helping companies develop their strategy, new products, and services for their customers.

Veronica has held a number of non-executive director positions, including two with mutual organisations (OneFamily and The Hanley Economic Building Society), and has also served on the boards of Chesnara plc and Sanlam in the UK and a trade body that represents the interests of life assurance and investment providers.

Head shot of Pat Billingham

Pat Billingham

Non-Executive Director

Pat is Chair of the Group Audit & Risk Committee and B&CE Insurance Limited. Pat is also a Non-Executive Director of People’s Administration Services Limited and Senior Independent Director.

Pat is an experienced non-executive director and has spent over 10 years building a portfolio which includes roles as a Board member, Audit and Risk Committee Chair and Board Chair. Pat has also been the Board Conduct Risk Champion in an insurance business and an Independent NED with responsibility for Culture. Pat is a Non-Executive Director at Hamilton Group Limited, an insurance business which includes a Lloyd’s Syndicate and an Irish subsidiary, where she is Chair of the Risk and Remuneration Committees, Senior Independent Director, as well as a Board member.

Pat’s Executive career was as a tax specialist, both as an Inspector of Taxes and a subsequent career as a tax partner at EY, one of the global Big 4 accounting and professional services firms, where she gained experienced advising international businesses and working with colleagues from across the global reach of the firm.

Her Board career has spanned a number of sectors, including financial services, a listed business in the healthcare sector and the social housing sector. Pat has strong financial services credentials with a familiarity and understanding of regulated businesses and the governance associated with regulation. Pat acts as a coach and mentor and has a strong commitment to improving diversity.

Head shot of Ciaran Barr

Ciarán Barr

Non-Executive Director

As well as serving on our strategic board, Ciarán is Chair of People’s Investments Limited and a member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Ciarán is an investment professional with over 25 years’ experience in financial markets across fund management, strategy and economics, including a transformational leadership role at the Railways Pension Scheme, one of the UK’s largest and most complex schemes.

Ciarán is currently a Board member at LGPS Central, a Board member of the Railway Benefit Fund and a Director and Finance & Audit Committee Chair at Studio Wayne McGregor Ltd. He was previously a member of the Scottish Widows Independent Governance Committee.

Head shot of Jim McKinnon

Jim McKinnon

Non-Executive Director

Jim is also a member of Group Audit & Risk Committee.

Jim McKinnon brings a wealth of information technology & business experience to the Board having spent more than 40 years at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, most recently in the role of Chief Information Officer, based in Ohio, USA.

Jim has also held various Senior Finance & IT roles within the Goodyear UK organisation, all of which included extended European management responsibility.

Since returning to the UK, Jim has undertaken a number of roles including Trustee & Director at Compton Care Group Ltd as well as a voluntary business mentor with The Prince’s Trust.

Head shot of John Allott

John Allott

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director representing Construction Industry Employee Groups. John also serves on our Group Audit & Risk Committee and Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

John was appointed National Officer for Unite the Union in 2022. As National Officer he covered Construction, local authorities and MOD, Government departments. He led these Industrial Sectors on representation, lobbying and national negotiations on behalf of Unite members covering pay and pensions.

John has extensive Board experience. He has chaired the Joint Industry for Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services for England and Wales He has served on the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). He is currently a Board member of JTL training Limited and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme Limited and a Trustee of Plumbing Pensions UK.

Head shot of Kyla Farmer

Kyla Farmer

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director representing the Construction Industry Employer Groups. Kyla is also a member of Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Kyla has over 20 years’ experience working in HR and People Functional leadership roles across several different industries, including travel, hospitality, construction, engineering and telecommunications.

She has worked for large PLC organisations as well as owner operated, and private equity backed, SME’s. She is passionate about how employers can have a positive impact on their employees, and how creating a great place to work enables both the business and the team to thrive. She is currently Chief People Officer at Indigo, a digital engineering business.

Kyla has a deep understanding of what motivates and challenges employers and champions clear and simple products for employees. She brings all of this expertise into her role at the People’s Partnership.

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Rupert Perkins

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director representing Construction Industry Employer Groups.

Rupert is the Managing Director of John Perkins Construction, an award-winning construction company based in Bristol and Newport. The business was named Building Contractor of the Year in England (turnover under £15m) at the 2020 Construction Awards of Excellence.

Rupert has held a variety of external board-level positions for organisations, including the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the National Federation of Builders, the South West Builders Federation, and the Building Safety Group. He is also part of the Construction Industry Training Board Industry Funding Committee.

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John Neal

Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director representing Construction Industry Employee Groups.

John joined People’s Partnership on 1 April 2022. He is the National Pensions Officer for Unite the Union (Unite), providing support and advice to Unite members and officers on collective issues relating to pensions.

John has been a trustee on Unite’s Pension Scheme Trustee board for 10 years, leading the board on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters. John is a scheme advisory board (SAB) member for the Local Government Pension Scheme, the NHS Pensions Scheme and a Joint Superannuation Committee member for the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

John is also a trustee on the Crystal Master Trust, a constituent organisation representative on the Plumbing Pensions Scheme and a member of the Trade Union Share Owners group (TUSO).

Laura Chappell

Non-Executive Director

Laura joined People’s Partnership in June 2023 as a Non-Executive Director. She is a prominent pensions industry figure and is currently Chief Executive of Brunel Pension Partnership.

Having worked within institutional fund management for much of her career including, Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock), M&G, Schroders and Brewin Dolphin, Laura has a passion for seeing responsible and sustainable investing in action and has a deep-rooted commitment to pension fund members.

Laura’s vision is to deliver sustainable futures for ourselves and generations to come and to empower members of the asset owner and asset manager communities to pursue a more sustainable and responsible approach to savings and investments for the good of all pension fund members.

Head shot of Dean Lamble

Dean Lamble

Non-Executive Director

Dean joined People’s Partnership on 1 September 2022 as a Non-Executive Director.  Dean is a Non-Executive Director of B&CE Insurance Limited and People’s Administration Services Limited.  Dean also serves on our Group Audit & Risk Committee.

Until recently Dean was Chief Executive Officer and Board member of SunLife Insurance where he led a significant transformation of the business repositioning the strategy, refreshing the brand, building a top-class management team, and driving a high-performance culture. Dean focussed the business on the customer – driving a digital first operating model with deep capability across analytics and direct marketing leading to an increase in customer satisfaction, over 1 million new to brand customers and significant earnings growth.

Dean is currently CEO of Pure Cremation, a private equity backed disruptor in the later life and funeral sector.

A wealth of talented people

People’s Partnership consists of highly experienced individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds and perspectives. Combined, they make us who we are.

Additionally, we have a number of other Boards that includes the People’s Partnership Holdings Board. This Board brings their valuable construction perspective, providing our core business principles, to help us stay true to our roots. They also ensure we continue to support the construction industry through our Charitable Trust.

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How we're putting people first

Our structure allows us to use profits to help people build better lives, not reward shareholders.

The People's Pension Trustee

Meet those responsible for running our workplace pension scheme on The People’s Pension website.

B&CE Charitable Trust

Meet the people associated with our B&CE Charitable Trust on our B&CE website.