Independent non-executive director, FCPA, FCGA
Appointment: February 2010 (board), June 2017 (senior independent director). Chairman of the Audit Committee
Committee membership: Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nominations Committee
Skills and experience: Ann, a Canadian and British citizen, has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She spent ten years at Swiss Re, a global reinsurer, latterly as chief financial officer from 2003 until 2007. She was interim chief financial officer and executive director of Northern Rock bank after its nationalisation. Ann is a qualified accountant and was made a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants in 2014. Ann’s strong financial background and extensive board level experience enable her to effectively fulfil the role of Audit Committee chairman and senior independent director.
External appointments (current and recent): Non-executive director of UBS Group AG since 2014 and non-executive director of UBS AG since 2009, non-executive director of British American Tobacco plc from 2011 until April 2018, non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Prudential plc since 2007 and 2009 respectively until May 2017, non-executive director of Atrium Underwriting Group Limited from 2007 until 2014, non-executive director of Arden Holdings Ltd from 2007 until 2014.