Board and Committees

Board

The Board is currently comprised of 8 Non-Executive Directors and 2 Executive Directors.

  • Mike McAndrew is the Chair.
  • Peter Clarke is the Senior Independent Director.
  • All Directors will be subject to re-election in 2017.

The Directors’ CVs can be viewed below.

Committees

Much governance work is carried out in Committees. These Committees include both Directors and other Non-executives approved by the Board, supported and advised by management.

Follow the links to see the Terms of Reference and Membership of our 5 Board Committees and With-Profits Non-Executive Director.

 

Introducing your Board of Management

Mike McAndrew

Chair

Mike McAndrew

Chair

Appointed to the Board in October 2001, Mike McAndrew was Assistant Director, Promoting Difference in the MPS HR Directorate until retiring at the end of March 2011. He had retired as a police officer in 2007 after 38 years’ service. Immediately before retirement he was the full-time Secretary in London for the Superintendents’ Association and a member of the Association’s National Executive Committee and the Association’s National Lead for HR. His last operational post as a police officer in the MPS was Traffic OCU Commander. Mike is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Peter Clarke

Senior Independent Director

Peter Clarke

Senior Independent Director

Appointed to the Board in May 2007, Peter joined the City of London Police in 1979 and has had policies with Metfriendly from that time. Over the years he has had control of a number of internal budgets. He is an Inspector and is currently involved with the project to deliver a Joint Command and Control Room, while also being the lead Police Search Advisor for the force. Between 2001 and 2008 he was project manager for a multi-million pound project and accountable both internally and nationally for the money spent. He retired from the police service in August 2016. He is also a Company Director for “Ancestreemakers”, a family and social history research business.

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Stuart Bell

Executive Director

Stuart Bell

Executive Director

Stuart has spent his career in insurance. He qualified as an actuary in 1978 and has served in a voluntary capacity on his profession’s committees. He holds a practising certificate covering with-profits business and his professional interests include investment and risk management. He left Milliman, a firm of consultants, in 2006 to join Metfriendly as Chief Executive. During his 30 years with Milliman (and its forerunners) in London, Stuart gave advice to many UK and overseas clients and was appointed as the statutory actuary to many small firms. He was also engaged in expert witness work – particularly where insurance funds were being merged. In his early career, Stuart worked for both pensions and non-life insurance clients. In his later consulting career, his clients included a number of friendly societies – and his work for Metfriendly dates back to 1985. He sits on the Board of the Association of Financial Mutuals.

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Don Ratcliffe

Executive Director

Don Ratcliffe

Executive Director

Don joined the Metropolitan Police as a cadet in 1970, becoming a constable at Bow Street in 1972. He also served at Peckham and was the General Secretary of the Metropolitan Police Federation Joint Executive Committee from 2001 until his retirement in 2005, when he joined Metfriendly. Don is Deputy Chief Executive and Secretary, and has responsibility for operations and HR within the Society – as well as helping with our pastoral work. He is a past Trustee of the Metropolitan Police Combined Benevolent Fund and the National Police Fund. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.

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Tim Birse

Non-Executive Director

Tim Birse

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in May 2010, Tim is a qualified actuary. He is a strong supporter of the mutual life insurance and friendly society sector, having spent his entire working life at two mutual companies – firstly National Provident Institution and more recently at Reliance Mutual Insurance Society from where he retired in November 2015 after 27 years’ employment, including a period as chief actuary.  Both before and after retirement Tim has devoted a large part of his time to education of future generations of actuaries. Tim is currently playing a high-profile role in the current review of the actuarial profession’s education strategy.  He is an examiner for actuarial science courses at various UK and overseas universities and moderates courses for the Indian and South African actuarial associations.  In his spare time Tim is active as an Explorer Scout Leader and treasurer of his Parish Church.

 

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Janet Cassettari

Non-Executive Director

Janet Cassettari

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in May 2010, Janet has worked in the financial services sector for over 30 years in a career encompassing many roles and responsibilities both within the UK and internationally. She managed the UK operation of a European reinsurance company, has overseen global development of an insurance product and until recently jointly owned and managed an organisation providing services within the annuity/longevity market. She continues to offer consultancy services for the financial sector and outside of financial services has recently had several short stories published. Janet has served on the Member Relations Committee, and its precursors, the Business Development and Marketing Committees, since 2007 and has been its Chair since July 2012.

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Fiona Gregory

Non-Executive Director

Fiona Gregory

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in April 2014 Fiona is the daughter and the wife of Police Officers, both serving in Bedfordshire. She qualified as a Solicitor and Notary Public, specialising in commercial property and residential conveyancing. She has now ceased practising and provides business management consultancy services to legal firms and other businesses. Fiona was a Non-Executive Director with British Friendly Society Ltd for over 12 years, having previously been their legal advisor for over 10 years. She served the last three years as Chairman when she led the business through a period of transformational change, recruiting a new Chief Executive and Finance Director, restructuring the Board, installing a new computer system and launching new products. Fiona was Vice Chairman of bpha (Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) for over 5 years and stepped down as acting Chair at the end of January 2015. Fiona lectures and advises on corporate governance and the responsibilities and liabilities of Non-Executive Directors for Friendly Societies and other mutual organisations.

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Graeme McAusland

Non-Executive Director

Graeme McAusland

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in August 2016, Graeme is a qualified actuary and is currently the Chief Executive at the Funeral Planning Authority. He has spent most of his working life in the life assurance industry and has held various senior roles including Chief Executive of a mutual insurer and UK Group Finance Director of another insurer. He holds another non-executive role with an AIM listed stockbroker where he chairs the Audit Committee. He has also been appointed as the independent Chair of the Audit Committee of an Academy in Croydon. In his spare time Graeme plays the cornet in a brass band.

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Lee Schöpp

Non-Executive Director

Lee Schöpp

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in August 2016, Lee is a Chartered Accountant and also the Finance Director of mutual insurer British Friendly Society. Lee brings with him considerable strategic planning and execution experience gained over the past 20 years and was very proud to receive the New Chartered Director of the Year 2015 award from the Institute of Directors. He is a member of the Association of Financial Mutuals Development and Conference Committee and a fellow of the Institute of Directors. In addition to these roles Lee has also founded and is chairman of a successful micro-brewery operating in Bedfordshire.

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Joanna Young

Non-Executive Director

Joanna Young

Non-Executive Director

Joanna was appointed to the Board in May 2013. She joined the Metropolitan Police in 1984 and is proud to have served London’s vibrant and multicultural communities in a variety of roles as well as working nationally and as a BCU Commander in Kent Police. In 2007 she was appointed head of Criminal Justice for London and then spent the last 4 years of her police career as the elected representative for the Superintendents’ Association in London supporting her colleagues in challenging times. She retired in 2015 to start a new career and maintains close links with policing including delivering leadership and resilience training and coaching.

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