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 the Chief Executive Officer of the Group from November 2012 until 1 March 2018; having joined the Board in September 2015. He became Chair in May 2018. 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. 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 of Barclaycard, and Non-Executive Chair of VISA Europe and Non-Executive Director of VISA Inc.. He is the Non-Executive Chair of the Coventry Building Society 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

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 covers 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 lef 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 Richard Hoskins Chief Financial Officer

Richard has been the Chief Financial Officer of the Group since April 2015 and joined the Board in September 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining the Group, Richard was the Chief Financial Officer of Global Commercial Insurance at AIG. Prior to that he served at Aviva as Chief Executive of the group’s North American operations and as Chief Financial Officer of Old Mutual’s North American operations.

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

Herman joined the Board in March 2017 following the acquisition of 29.9% shareholding in the Company by Rand Merchant Investment Holdings Limited (“RMI”). He is the CEO 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 Rand Merchant Bank from 2000 until 2006 and CEO of Deutsche Bank South Africa from 2006 to 2013. Herman is a non-executive director of Discovery Limited, OUTsurance Limited and Merchant Capital Limited. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Johannesburg, is a director 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 (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

Alison joined the Board in July 2016. She has held executive and non-executive roles within Aviva plc, including the position of CEO of Aviva Ireland. Alison has extensive financial services experience, gained in senior roles with Santander, Bupa, Lloyds TSB and AXA UK, and brings strong leadership and executive management experience. She has also been a Non-Executive Director of Equiniti Group plc since March 2018.

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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 also serves on the boards of Provident Financial Group and Smith & Williamson. 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 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

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 Schroder & Co. Limited and is also Chairman of Cambridge Topco Limited, the holding company for the Compre Group.

A u N o R e
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arrow-down-red cross Ian Cormack Independent Non-Executive Director

Ian joined the Board in September 2015. He spent 30 years at Citibank where he was appointed head of UK and Co-head of the Global Financial Institutions business before becoming Chief Executive Officer of AIG’s European business in 2000 until 2002. He currently serves as a non-executive on the boards of JRP Group plc, Ulster Bank Limited and National Angels Limited, and is Chairman of Temporis Capital LLP and Maven Income & Growth VCT4 plc.

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

Pierre joined the Board in September 2015. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Group’s subsidiary AICL, where he is also Chairman of the Risk Committee 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

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


Teresa joined the Board in July 2016. She is currently a non-executive director for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank Group plc and Yorkshire Water. Teresa was previously a non-executive director for National Australia/Clydesdale Bank. Teresa brings significant experience with international blue chip companies including HSBC, Accenture and Cable & Wireless, and experience of the insurance industry. She is currently a non-executive director of Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank plc, FIL Holdings (UK) Limited and Yorkshire Water Services Limited.

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

Selina has, since August 2015, served as a non-executive director on the board of the Company's FCA regulated subsidiary entity, Hastings Insurance Services Limited and also chairs the Risk Committee; she will continue in that role.

Selina is the Head of UK Transactional Practice Development in the London office of law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is an English qualified lawyer who joined the firm as a partner in 2007. Her appointment to the Company's Board is in a personal capacity and unconnected to her position with Gibson Dunn.

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arrow-down-red cross Tony Leppard Group Company Secretary

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.