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Board and Committees

Board

The Board is currently comprised of six Non-Executive Directors and three Executive Directors.

  • Joanna Young is the Chair
  • All Directors will be subject to re-election in 2021

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 4 Board Committees and With-Profits Non-Executive Director.

Introducing your Board of Management

Joanna Young

Chair

Joanna Young

Chair

Appointed to the Board in May 2013, Joanna joined the Metropolitan Police in 1984 and feels privileged to have served London’s vibrant and multicultural communities in a variety of roles. She spent four years in Kent Police as a BCU Commander before returning ‘home’ to the Met in 2007 as a Chief Superintendent. In the last four years of her policing career she was the elected representative for the Superintendents’ Association in London supporting her colleagues in challenging and difficult times. She retired from policing in 2015 to start a new career in leadership training and development and coaching. She maintains close links with policing through her leadership work and Metfriendly.

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Lee Schöpp

CEO (Interim)

Lee Schöpp

CEO (Interim)

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 a successful micro-brewery operating in Bedfordshire.

Following the resignation of Kathy Byrne in November 2020, the Board appointed Lee as CEO (Interim).

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Gerhardt Ekermans

Chief Finance Officer

Gerhardt Ekermans

Chief Finance Officer

Gerhardt joined Metfriendly in 2019 from a prominent challenger bank where he spent 3 years as the Head of External Reporting, Regulatory Reporting and Tax. Prior to that gained extensive financial services experience in his role as Financial Manager in the Group External Reporting team of HSBC Bank Plc.

Gerhardt is a Chartered Accountant with Big Four audit experience and performed various roles ranging from financial management, technical accounting and reporting to business partnering. In his spare time he is a Private Pilot and owner/operator of a vintage aircraft.

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Ben Grainger

Chief Operating Officer

Ben Grainger

Chief Operating Officer

Ben’s background is in marketing for private and public sector organisations. He started his career with Metfriendly in 2014 heading up the Sales and Marketing team, a role in which he oversaw membership growth for the first time in many years, as well as record levels of investment in the Society’s With-Profits Fund. He is a full Board member and has served on the Risk & Investment Committee and the Member Relations Committee. Promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2018, he is responsible for the Member Services, IT, and People functions. Outside of work he is a keen runner and avid rugby fan.

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Rebecca Hall

Non-Executive Director

Rebecca Hall

Non-Executive Director

Rebecca has been an actuarial consultant for much of her career, initially with Deloitte and more recently working independently through her own company. Rebecca has focussed on supporting companies going through strategic change, including transfers to a third party and re-structuring of with-profits business. Rebecca has a focus on member outcomes. She applies her actuarial knowledge to development of solutions focussed on member needs, spending time to ensure communications are accurate, clear and make sense to members. Her work as a consultant, together with a role in the executive team at Marine and General Mutual, has given her a breadth of experience across the life insurance industry. She specialises in annuity and with-profits business and has worked with many other mutual firms.

Rebecca is also a non-executive director of Hodge Life Limited.

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Nicola Hayes

Non-Executive Director

Nicola Hayes

Non-Executive Director

Nicola has a background in financial services, where her focus was on global distribution (sales, marketing & client service), operations and governance. She now works as a consultant and sits on several boards including a national charity, where she is Chair of the Audit, Risk & Commercial Committee.

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Craig Haslam

Non-Executive Director

Craig Haslam

Non-Executive Director

Craig was appointed to The Board on 1 January 2019, having retired from The Metropolitan Police Service the previous month. He spent 32 years with the Metropolitan Police Service having joined as a Cadet and finishing as the OCU Commander for The Taskforce with a varied career on challenging Boroughs and in Training whilst specialising in the arena of Public Order. Craig is proud of the support, help and advice he has given to friends and colleagues over the years in both their professional and personal lives and did much to promote the financial security and well-being of others. Craig has been a member of Metfriendly since joining the police and making his move into The Society a natural progression. Craig is a Professional Toastmaster & Master of Ceremonies and keeps busy whilst officiating at weddings, awards ceremonies and charity events.

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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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Clive Triance

Non-Executive Director

Clive Triance

Non-Executive Director

Clive worked for 36 years in banking for some of the largest global firms. During his career he served as a CEO, COO, Global Head of Sales, Global Head of Operations and Regional Head of Product. In June 2019 Clive left a global bank to form his own leadership coaching firm. He now works with a number of universities facilitating and teaching leadership skills and assisting firms in their preparedness for the cognitive revolution.

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