Our Board

Our Board of Directors ensure that the Society meets its objectives and operates in a transparent manner. The Board is accountable for ensuring that all governance arrangements reflect the interests of both the Society’s members and regulators.

The Board consists of five independent Non-Executive Directors and one Executive Director, all of whom bring with them a wealth of experience from the civil service, business, finance, medical and insurance sectors.

Responsibilities of the Board

Some of the responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Leadership of the Society and setting of the Society’s values and standards
  • Approval of the strategy of the Society
  • Approval of the Society’s Annual Report and Financial statements
  • Reviewing the Society’s corporate governance arrangements
  • Approval of key business policies
  • Reviewing membership rules
  • Considering any new appointments to the Board
  • Ensuring the Society is not exposed to unnecessary risk
Board Terms of Reference

Board of Directors


Roger Cawse , MA (Exon), DMS, FCIB, FRSA (69)
Chair (since 2019)

Roger Cawse joined the Board in July 2013 and was appointed Chair in June 2019. He spent 42 years working in financial services, the last 17 years of which were as a chief executive in private medical insurance. He has held both executive and non-executive posts on the boards of friendly societies, in addition to previous experience as chairman of the finance committees of a major national housing association and a Hospiscare charity. Roger became a non-executive director of Cornish Mutual in 2016 where he chairs the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. In December 2018, he became a non-executive director role at South West Mutual.

Key areas of experience: business/commercial management, private medical insurance, finance, governance, leadership, financial services regulation, civil/public service.

Committee membership in 2019: Nominations Committee (Chair); and Remuneration Committee.


Nigel Fawcett MBA (70)
Vice Chairman (since 2013)

Nigel Fawcett joined the Board in February 2011 and was appointed Vice Chairman in September 2013. Nigel also served as a member of the Investment Committee from November 2012 until October 2013. Nigel has extensive experience working in the industry, demonstrated by his time with the Financial Services Authority and his secondment to Her Majesty’s Treasury as head of the Mutual division. In 2016, he became a governor of the College of Osteopaths. Nigel’s particular area of expertise is in legislative policy and the corporate governance of mutuals, which has been particularly relevant to his chairmanship of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the Investment Committee. He is a long-standing member of the Society.

Key areas of experience: business/commercial management, legislation, IT, leadership, education, governance, financial services regulation, risk management, civil/public service.

Committee membership in 2019: Risk, Compliance and Governance Committee (Chair); Nominations Committee; and Remuneration Committee.


Tom Gidaracos CA(SA)(36)
Chief Executive

Tom Gidaracos joined the Society as Finance Director in December 2017 and was appointed to the Board in January 2018. Tom is a qualified chartered accountant with over 8 years’ experience in the (re)insurance industry. Tom was previously Chief Financial Officer of AMT Mortgage Insurance (formerly Genworth Financial). Since June 2018 he has acted in an advisory capacity to a start-up tech company, Invoice Insure.

Key areas of experience: finance, business/commercial management, investments, Solvency II, general insurance

Committee membership in 2019: Nominations Committee.


Alan Peddle BA, FCA (68)
Non–Executive Director (since 2015)

Alan Peddle joined the Board as a non-executive director in August 2015. Alan’s expertise lies in finance and he has a wealth of experience in business and commercial management, governance and risk management. He spent his career with PwC and during this time worked closely with its in-house team of lawyers in both litigation and counselling. He also has valuable experience of strategic planning and project management.

Key areas of experience: business/commercial management, finance, governance, investments, IT, risk management.

Committee membership in 2019: Audit Committee (Chair); and Risk, Compliance and Governance Committee.


Adrian Rees LL.M, LL.B, BA, FCIPD (75)
Non–Executive Director (since 2013)

Adrian Rees was appointed to the Board in January 2013. He was nominated as the Senior Independent Director and Society’s Whistle-blowers’ Champion in July 2018. He is a chartered human resources practitioner with extensive experience in the insurance and healthcare sector. From 1987 he was a member of the Benenden Healthcare Society Committee of Management and was appointed as its Chief Executive in 1995, remaining in this position until 2004. He also has experience in a number of other fields including law, change management and regulation, but his first career was in the then Inland Revenue. He is a member of CS Healthcare, Deputy Chairman of the Civil Service Insurance Society and an adviser to the Daughters of the Cross of Liège, a charitable trust.

Key areas of experience: business/commercial management, finance, governance, HR, leadership, marketing, risk management and law.

Committee membership in 2019: Audit Committee; Nominations Committee; and Remuneration Committee.


Nicola Bruce, (50)
Non–Executive Director (since October 2018)

Nicola Bruce joined the Board as a non-executive director in October 2018. Nicola’s expertise lie in strategic support and business development. In her executive career, she was a partner of the international strategy boutique, The Monitor Group and served on the Operating Board at De La Rue PLC as the Director of Strategy and Business Development. Since 2015, Nicola has been a non-executive director at the Government’s Money Advice Service where she Chaired the Investment Committee and is a non-executive director of Anchor Hanover Housing.

Key areas of experience: Strategy, finance, corporate governance.

Committee membership in 2019: Risk, Compliance and Governance Committee; Remuneration Committee (Chair).

The Board is supported by four separate committees, which are responsible for covering some of the key issues outside of the main Board meetings. These comprise:

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