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Dean Lamble

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 working as an advisor within private equity and as a non-executive director in the insurance sector.

Patrick Heath-Lay

Patrick became Chief Executive Officer in 2012 and is also a Director of People’s Partnership Limited as well as Director of the Boards of People’s Administration Services Limited and B&CE Insurance Limited. Patrick is a Trustee of our Charitable Trust which is focused on supporting those in need from the construction industry.

Patrick has over 30 years of financial services expertise and was instrumental in the launch of The People’s Pension.

Patrick is also Non-Executive Director of Manor Royal Business Improvement District in Crawley, which works with local and district authorities, wider stakeholders, and local businesses to improve and enhance the Manor Royal business estate.

Jim Islam

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.

Sue Hunter

Sue Hunter is Chief Finance Officer at People’s Partnership. Sue also serves on People’s Partnership Limited as well as the Boards of People’s Administration Services Limited and B&CE Insurance Limited.

Sue was previously at the Legal and General Group. During her long tenure there, she has held a variety of finance director roles in the savings, corporate and business performance divisions. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA).

Rupert Perkins

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.

Jim McKinnon

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.

John Allott

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 2002. John has extensive Board experience and has served on the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Joint Industry for Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services for England and Wales, & the Scottish and Northern Ireland Joint Industry for Plumbing. He is currently a Board member of JTL training Limited and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme Limited and a Trustee of Plumbing Pensions UK.

Veronica Oak

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.

Ciarán Barr

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.

Kyla Farmer

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.