Meet our Board Members

John Quinn, Chairman

John joined the Board in November 2012 and has been Chairman of the Board since July 2016. John retired from Lloyds Banking Group in December 2011 after a career of 36 years during which, he held managerial posts in Branch Management, Area Management and as a Senior Manager in Corporate and Commercial Banking.

William Schouten, Senior Independent Director

William joined the Board in November 2012. He is a senior Executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry. Held Executive Director positions with varying responsibilities in NFU Mutual 1998 to 2009 and in Royal Insurance 1993 to 1996 and in between worked for a short spell at IBM UK Ltd as an Executive Consultant. From 2010 to 2016 operated as an Independent Management Consultant and Executive Coach assisting mainly mutual organisations with planning and implementing change.

Paul Hudson, Chief Executive 

Paul joined the Board in February 1997. Paul has over 40 years’ experience working in Financial Services all gained within the mutual sector. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators since 1994, Master of Business Administration since 1997 and Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments since 2011. Prior to joining the Society, Paul held a number of senior and general management positions at a number of other Friendly Societies and Trade Bodies. Board member of the Trade Body, the Association of Financial Mutuals since March 2016 to present.

Janice Banks, Non-Executive Director

Janice joined the Board in January 2016. A senior Executive with over 30 years' experience in Financial Services. Held senior roles in Nationwide, the largest mutual Building Society, including department head for Member Service, Retail, Communications, HR, Compliance and Company Secretariat. Involved in the sales and regulation of the insurance operations including involvement in the establishment of Nationwide Life. She has also worked as an investment manager and since 2009 has been an independent consultant providing CEO services and transformational change in the charitable sector.

Marian Evans, Non-Executive Director

Marian joined the Board in January 2016. Qualified and practiced as both a Chartered Insurer and Chartered Insurance Broker. Marian was awarded the Fellowship of the Institute of Leadership and Management in 2017. A former Director of Thomas Carroll Group, where she headed up the Special Risks Division, working with key clients throughout the UK. Marian spent her early career at NFU Mutual where she became an award-winning Sales Associate and Consultant and latterly a Sales Manager, responsible for 16 NFU Mutual regional offices. Marian now owns a successful property and consultancy business and serves as a Mentor for Women on Boards UK and School Governor.

Andy Lucas, Non-Executive Director

Andy joined the Society in July 2021 as a Non-Executive Director. He has worked in public, private and non-profit organisations, including over 25 years within the Financial Industry. Starting in Sales and Marketing, Andy progressed to senior roles in Prudential and ACE.  He then broadened his career with a number of Board Director roles including Chief Operating Officer at Cambridge Building Society, Trustee of YMCA Trinity Group and Vice-Chair of The Christian Conference Trust, accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experience in e-commerce developments, customer service, technology operations, product development and change management.

David Macgregor, Commercial Director 

David joined the Board in July 2018. With over 40 years’ Financial Services experience, and more than 35 in the Sales and Marketing of protection, pension and investment products to Financial Advisers. For the past 20 years involved at Board level with three other Friendly Societies writing Income Protection and held senior positions including Chief Executive and National Sales Manager. A former Director of the Association of Friendly Societies and former member of the ABI Income Protection Working Party. Established a consultancy business in 2010 providing Sales, Marketing, Product Development and Strategic support for Friendly Societies. Provided interim cover for the Society’s Director of Sales and Marketing from January 2015 and appointed as Commercial Director in April 2017.

Ian Maude, Non-Executive Director

Ian joined the Board in May 2015. Ian is a senior Board Executive with 40 years in Financial Services, spanning life, pensions, motor, household and health insurance. Having worked in senior IT management roles in Legal & General, Municipal Mutual Insurance and Zurich Insurance, he progressed to becoming IT Director at Frizzell Insurance and Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society and then Senior Partner at a prestigious IT consultancy. In the 14 years leading up to his retirement, Ian was an Executive Director of Simplyhealth, the last four of which were as joint Financial Director and Chief Information Officer, as well as being a Director of Denplan.

Katharine McIntyre, Non-Executive Director

Kate joined the Board in August 2017. A Chartered Accountant by background, Kate is an experienced director who has worked in a wide variety of roles and organisations over the last 30 plus years, primarily in Financial Services. Organisations where Kate has held senior roles include; Skipton Building Society, First Direct, AXA, Lloyds Banking Group and Engage Mutual. Now retired from full-time work, Kate provides business advisory services and is a Trustee at both Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool and The Brathay Trust.

Mark Sedgley, Non-Executive Director

Mark joined the Board in May 2015. Currently Chief Executive of Red Rose Friendly Society, Mark is a passionate proponent of mutual values, having worked in the sector for almost thirty years. Mark has also been Chief Executive at Druids Sheffield Friendly Society and has held senior roles at Engage Mutual and Police Mutual. He has wide experience of strategic, technical and operational roles and has also worked as a business adviser in the financial services sector.