Andy Watson, Chief Executive Officer, Ageas UK 

Photo of Andy Watson CEOAndy Watson joined Ageas UK in 2010 and has been leading the business as Chief Executive Officer since January 2013. He is a member of Ageas Group’s Management Committee. In addition, he is a member of the ABI’s General Insurance Committee and Chairs its Motor Committee.

Andy has worked in financial services for more than 25 years. He has gained enormous experience of insurance through a number of senior operational and general management roles. Previous employers include HSBC (currently Direct Line Group) and Cooperative Insurance.
 
Andy is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has successfully completed the General Manager Programme at Harvard Business School.

Ant Middle, Chief Executive Officer, Retail and Partnerships

Photo of Ant MiddleAnt Middle has been Chief Executive Officer of Ageas Direct & Partnerships since April 2015, having joined Ageas in 2014.

Ant is responsible for developing Ageas’s proposition direct to UK consumers via Ageas’ own brands and those of our affinity partners such as John Lewis and Age UK. 

Ant’s expertise has been built through a number of senior positions in the insurance industry, with over 25 years experience in general, health and life insurance.

François-Xavier Boisseau, Chief Executive Officer, Insurance

Photo of François-Xavier Boisseau, CEO, Broker

François-Xavier was appointed CEO, Insurance in 2016, with responsibility for the broker channel as well as Claims and Actuarial functions. He became CEO of Ageas Insurance in April 2013, following the acquisition of Groupama Insurance Company Limited. 

François-Xavier joined Groupama as Managing Director in 2003 and in 2007 was appointed CEO of Groupama Insurances and GUK Broking Services. 

In 1998 François-Xavier joined AXA Global Risks as Deputy Managing Director, and he returned to AXA UK as Director of Underwriting and Claims in 2000.

Fernley Dyson, Chief Financial OfficerPhoto of Fernley Dyson, Chief Financial Officer

Fernley Dyson was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Ageas UK in 2013, having already held a number of senior positions within the organisation.  

Fernley has more than 30 years’ experience in the fields of professional and financial services and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Lyn Nicholls, HR Director Photo of Lyn Nicholls, HR Director

Lyn is responsible for the development and delivery of the HR and development Strategy for Ageas in the UK, both wholly owned and joint ventures, a position held for the last 11 years.  She joined Ageas in 2002 as Head of HRD for RIAS.  

Prior to this Lyn worked at the AA and Centrica in a variety of senior HR management roles.

Lyn is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development . 

Matthew Thomas, Director of Business Transformation  Photo of Matthew Thomas, Director of Business Transformation

Matthew Thomas is responsible for leading the development of the strategy that has seen Ageas UK grow into the strong and successful business it is today.

Since Matthew joined in 2003, that strategy has included a number of key acquisitions along with other major developments that have seen Ageas deliver strong growth and high customer satisfaction. His focus continues to be on helping the business grow successfully.

Rosemary Smith, Company SecretaryPhoto of Rosemary Smith, Company Secretary

Rosemary Smith has been Company Secretary of Ageas UK since 1991. She has played a key role in the development of the company, helping it to grow into a significant force in in the UK insurance market. She leads the Legal, Compliance and Secretariat teams across Ageas UK. 

Rosemary is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Secretaries.

Mark Collins, Chief Information Officer Mark Collins, Chief Information Officer

Mark Collins is responsible for leading the development and delivery of Ageas UK's IT strategy, ensuring that the company's approach to current and future technology evolves to meet the business challenges and customer preferences. 

A recognised leader in technology, Mark previously held roles at Vitality and Vodafone. As a senior leader within Ageas UK, Mark contributes to the management and decision making of the wider business. 

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