Our Board

The Board has ultimate responsibility for the management of the Hastings Group. There are a number of Board Committees to which the Board has delegated certain key matters.

  • Committee Chairman
  • A u Audit Committee
  • N o Nomination Committee
  • R e Remuneration Committee
  • R i Risk Committee
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arrow-down-red cross Gary Hoffman Chair

Gary was appointed Chair in May 2018 having previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Group since November 2012. He has extensive experience in the banking and insurance industries. Prior to joining the Group, Gary was Chief Executive Officer of NBNK Investments, an investment vehicle formed in August 2010 to establish personal and business retail banking in the UK. Prior to that, he led the UK government’s turnaround of Northern Rock as its Chief Executive Officer. His previous roles also include Vice-Chair of Barclays PLC, having previously been Chair of UK Banking and Barclaycard at Barclays PLC following five years as Chief Executive Officer of Barclaycard, and Non-Executive Chair of VISA Europe and Non-Executive Director of VISA Inc. He is Non-Executive Chair of the Coventry Building Society and Monzo Bank, and Chair of the UK sports charity, the Football Foundation.

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arrow-down-red cross Toby van der Meer Chief Executive Officer

Experience
Toby has been Group Chief Executive Officer since 1 March 2018. He joined Hastings in 2011 as Managing Director Retail, where he held responsibility for the profit and loss of the UK retail business, which covered around two thirds of the Group profits. Toby has considerable digital and customer service experience and held responsibility for product, retail pricing, brand, digital and marketing, and customer operations at the Group's UK sites. Before joining Hastings, Toby was a Managing Director at moneysupermarket.com plc, one of the UK's leading price comparison websites, where he was responsible for the money and broker led business and operations. Before that he spent nearly a decade in senior financial services roles including leading Citigroup UK's retail bank and as a member of the executive team of online bank Egg

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arrow-down-red cross John Worth Chief Financial Officer

John joined the Board in May 2019. He is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the financial services industry, serving most recently as the CFO of MS Amlin plc, The Co-operative Bank plc, Hiscox plc and Aspen.  Prior to this he was Group Financial Controller of Barclays plc and a partner in the Retail Banking group Ernst & Young LLP.  As well as working in Finance, John has been Head of IT and Head of Risk at Prudential plc and Head of Audit at Barclays Capital.  He started his career with PwC, where he was based from the London, Tokyo and Grand Cayman offices.  Since 2003, John has also worked with the NSPCC and, since 2016, has been a Board Trustee member and The Society’s Honorary Treasurer.

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arrow-down-red cross Herman Bosman Non-Executive Director

Experience

Herman is the Chief Executive Officer of RMI and its sister company RMB Holdings, having joined the companies in April 2014. Prior to his current role he was Head of Corporate Finance at RMB from 2000 until 2006 and Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank South Africa from 2006 to 2013. Herman is a Non-Executive Director of Discovery Limited, FirstRand Limited and OUTsurance Holdings Limited. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Johannesburg, is Chair of Endeavor South Africa and Business and Arts South Africa and served eight years as a Trustee of the Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation. He holds a BCom (Law) LLM and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

N o R e R i
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arrow-down-red cross Alison Burns Independent Non-Executive Director

Experience
Alison joined the Board in July 2016. She has held executive and non-executive roles within Aviva plc, including the position of Chief Executive Officer of Aviva Ireland. Alison has extensive financial services experience, gained in senior roles with Santander, Bupa, Lloyds Bank and AXA. She brings strong leadership and executive management experience with extensive experience developing strong customer relationships in regulated businesses. She also serves, since March 2018, as a Non-Executive Director of Equiniti Group plc.

N o R e
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arrow-down-red cross Libby Chambers Independent Non-Executive Director

Elizabeth G. (Libby) Chambers joined the board in September 2018. She serves on the boards of Provident Financial Group and Smith & Williamson, and advises fintech and software companies on their growth plans. Her executive career includes C-level strategy, marketing and product roles at Western Union, Barclays, Barclaycard, and Bank of America. She also led Barclaycard’s co-branded cards and insurance business in the UK. Libby is known for leading digital transformations and rejuvenating brands, and has a long track record of building strong customer relationships in regulated businesses.  Previous directorships have included Dollar Financial Group, hibu plc, Home and Savings Bank, and the boards of Barclays’ joint ventures with Argos, Thomas Cook, and Littlewoods. Earlier in her career, she was a partner in the Financial Services practice at McKinsey, and started her career as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley.

A u N o R e
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arrow-down-red cross Tom Colraine Senior Independent Director

Experience
Tom joined the Board in September 2015 and brings a wealth of experience from the insurance and financial services sector. He was previously Group Chief Financial Officer and Co-Chief Operating Officer at Willis Group Holdings, and Chief Financial Officer at AIG Europe Limited. He is a Chartered Accountant, on the Board of Marsh Limited, and is also Chairman of Cambridge Topco Limited, the holding company for the Compre Group.

A u R i
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arrow-down-red cross Pierre Lefèvre Independent Non-Executive Director

Experience
Pierre joined the Board in September 2015. He serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Group’s subsidiary Advantage Insurance Company Limited, where he is also Chair of the Risk and Reserving Committees and a member of the Audit Committee. He has extensive international experience in the insurance industry and has previously held Chairman and Chief Executive roles at Groupama and Axa and is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Vivat NV (Netherlands) and a Director of ABBH (Belgium).

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arrow-down-red cross Sumit Rajpal Non-Executive Director

Experience
Sumit was appointed as Non-Executive Director for the Company as part of the investment made by Goldman Sachs in the Group in 2014. Sumit co-heads the Corporate Private Equity business globally and runs the Americas Corporate Private Equity business in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He also serves on the boards of K&N Engineering,  Ipreo, ProSight Specialty Insurance, TransUnion and Safeguard Products. Sumit joined the Board in September 2015.

A u R i
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arrow-down-red cross Teresa Robson-Capps Independent Non-Executive Director

Experience

Teresa joined the Board in July 2016. She brings significant experience with international blue chip companies including HSBC, Accenture, BT Mobile, various high street and internet retailers and across the insurance industry. Her functional experience spans customer, information technology, and financial management. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of CYBG plc/ Virgin money plc and FIL Holdings (UK) Limited.

R e R i
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arrow-down-red cross Selina Sagayam Independent Non-Executive Director

Experience
Selina joined the Board in August 2017. Selina is the Head of UK Transactional Practice Development of international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is an English qualified corporate finance lawyer who joined the firm’s London office as a partner in 2007 and chairs its Talent and Community Affairs Committees. Her appointment to the Company's Board is in a personal capacity and unconnected to her position with Gibson Dunn. Selina serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Company's FCA regulated subsidiary entity, Hastings Insurance Services Limited. Selina also sits on the Advisory Board of Diversity UK, chairs the cross industry group NetworkForKnowledge, serves as a board member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the ICAEW and is a member of the board of trustees of Refuge. 

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arrow-down-red cross Tony Leppard Group Company Secretary

Experience
Tony is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, having qualified in 1985. Since that time he has held numerous board and senior management positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of GE Capital IT Solutions UK, a subsidiary of GE Capital. Tony joined the Group in April 2009, and leads the Group’s legal and corporate governance and compliance functions. Although not a member of the Board, the Group Company Secretary attends all Board and Committee meetings and advises the Board through the Chairman on all governance matters.