Our Board

Our Board doesn’t answer to shareholders – because we don’t have any

Instead, our Directors and executive team are constantly working in the best interests of you - our members and customers - so that we can deliver the best products and service possible.

Here, you can have a read of our Directors' bios and get to know more about the people at the helm of Royal London.

Kevin Parry OBE, Chairman

Kevin Parry OBE joined as Chairman of the Board in January 2019. He is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee and regularly attends other Board Committee meetings. Kevin has extensive financial services industry experience, being the Chairman of Intermediate Capital Group plc and the audit committee chairman at Nationwide Building Society.  He was recently the Senior Independent Director of Standard Life Aberdeen plc.  His other directorships include the Daily Mail & General Trust plc.  He is also Chairman of the Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation, a charity providing life transforming opportunities through education to disadvantaged children.  He is a member of Court of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He was previously Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency and a non-executive director of Schroders plc and Knight Frank LLP.  Kevin’s career began at KPMG where he progressed to be a managing partner before leaving to become Group Chief Executive of Management Consulting Group plc and then Chief Financial Officer of Schroders plc.

Barry O'Dwyer, Group Chief Executive

Mr. O'Dwyer joined Royal London in September 2019 as Group Chief Executive. He has extensive experience in financial services, having started his career at a mutual insurance group in 1988. He trained and qualified as an actuary and held a number of senior management positions in both the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining Royal London, he was CEO of Pensions & Savings and a director of Standard Life plc. Mr. O'Dwyer also plays a prominent role in the industry, sitting on the board of the Association of British Insurers.

Andrew Palmer, Senior Independent Director

Andrew Palmer was appointed to the Board on 1 April 2011. Andrew is our Senior Independent Director and is Chairman of the Audit Committee and sits on the Risk and Nomination Committees. Andrew is also the Chairman of Royal London Asset Management Limited, our asset management business. He was Group Finance Director of Legal & General Group plc where he also held a number of financial and operational roles in the asset management, insurance and international businesses. He is a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Cancer Research UK.

Sally Bridgeland, Non-Executive Director

Sally Bridgeland was appointed to the Board on 14 January 2015. Sally is Chair of the With Profits Committee and she sits on the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Sally spent 20 years in a variety of roles at AON Hewitt, covering the design and funding of pension arrangements and advising on investment strategy for pension funds and insurance companies. Sally led a number of industry innovations in her role as Head of Investment Research. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the BP Pension Fund in 2007, where she was responsible for strategy, regulatory and operational matters for the £19 billion BP Pension Fund.

Sally is currently an Independent Trustee for Lloyds Banking Group Pension Trustee Limited, Nuclear Liabilities Fund Limited, and The Royal Air Force Central Fund. She is a member of the Trust Investment Committee at innovation charity Nesta, Non-Executive Director of Impax Asset Management Group plc and Local Pensions Partnership Limited, former Master of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries and Honorary Group Captain with 601 (County of London) Squadron RAuxAF.

Ian Dilks, Non-Executive Director

Ian Dilks was appointed to the Board on 14 November 2014. Ian is Chairman of the Investment Committee and he sits on the Nomination and Audit Committees. Ian spent his entire career at PwC, joining the firm (which was then Coopers & Lybrand) in 1974 and becoming a Partner in 1986. He rose to become a member of PwC’s Global Financial Services Leadership team and Global Insurance Leader and also led PwC’s IFRS conversion businesses in the UK. In his final role in PwC he had responsibility globally for Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Ian was formerly Expert Adviser, House of Commons Treasury Committee. He is currently Chairman of the NHS Resolution (formerly NHS Litigation Authority). 

Tracey Graham, Non-Executive Director

Tracey Graham was appointed to the Board on 11 March 2013 as the Chair of the Remuneration Committee. She also sits on the Risk and Nomination Committees. Tracey is also Chair of Investment Funds Direct Limited Board, our platform services business. Tracey was Chief Executive of Talaris Limited, an international cash management business, from 2005 to 2010. During this time, she led the management buyout of that business from De La Rue. Prior to that, she was President of Sequoia Voting Systems, Customer Services Director at AXA Insurance plc, and held a number of senior positions at HSBC. Tracey is currently Non-Executive Director of Link Scheme Ltd and Chairman of the Link Consumer Council, Senior Independent Director of Ibstock plc, and Non-Executive Director of DiscoverIE plc.

David Weymouth, Non-Executive Director

David Weymouth was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2012. He is chairman of the Board Risk Committee and sits on the Audit and Nomination Committees. David retired as Group Chief Risk Officer at RSA at the end of May 2015, having been Group Operations and Risk Director since he joined RSA in 2007. Prior to this, he consulted for a number of major firms and government organisations, and enjoyed a successful 27-year career at Barclays during which he assumed the role of Group Chief Information Officer. He is Chairman of Mizuho International Holdings plc, Chairman of One Savings Bank plc and Non-Executive Director of Fidelity International Holdings (UK) plc.

Kal Atwal, Non-Executive Director

Kal Atwal is an experienced strategy leader with international experience in start up, scale up, fintech and digital businesses. She began her career at EY on placement in Madrid after which she held a number of operational and strategic roles with Southern Derbyshire Chamber and Northcliffe Media Ltd, a regional news and media business. She joined BGL Group when the company took over Bennetts, the motorcycle insurance business where she achieved the position of managing director. She then became the founding managing director of comparethemarket.com, division of BGL Group, transforming the business from a loss-making start up to a highly profitable business, including launching the Meerkat campaign and Toy Rewards. Following her promotion to Group Director of BGL Ltd, Kal was responsible for Brand Led Businesses, Group Strategy and Corporate Communications.

Kal is currently Chair of SimplyCook Limited and Board Member and Strategic Advisor of Bob's Business.

Board Diversity

Royal London values and promotes inclusion, recognising that difference is a strength. The Board appreciates the benefits that diversity can bring in terms of effectiveness and through its Nomination Committee, is committed to ensuring there is the necessary balance of skills, experience and knowledge when conducting its regular reviews of the structure and composition of the Board.