Our governance

ReAssure is part of the Swiss Re group, which is committed to best practice principles of corporate governance

The Group is governed by the Governance Manual which sets out the high level governance arrangements approved by the Boards and includes the delegation of authorities.

It sets out those powers which the Boards wish to exercise themselves (or through formally constituted committees of the Boards) and the delegation of other powers, such as the day to day management of ReAssure, to the Chief Executive Officer and the ReAssure Management Committee.

The Governance Manual articulates:

  • ReAssure’s ownership, legal and regulated entity structure.
  • The interface between the Boards and their subsidiaries.
  • The key responsibilities of the Boards and their sub committees.
  • The key responsibilities of the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and the ReAssure Management Committee.
  • The principal authorities for Board and ReAssure matters.
  • The operation of the matrix management structure and interface with our shareholders.
  • The oversight arrangements over key in-sourced and out-sourced activities.
  • The key aspects of the internal control environment which assist the Boards and Executive Directors and Officers to govern direct and control the business.

The Board is supported by committees which include:

  • Audit Committee
  • Risk Committee
  • Board Investment Committee
  • Fairness Committee
  • Standing Committee
  • Independent Governance Committee (IGC)

You can access the IGC Terms of Reference below. In summary, the Independent Governance Committee:

  • Has a duty to assess the value for money of ReAssure workplace personal pensions on an ongoing basis.
  • Review the design and execution of investment strategy.
  • Consider whether costs and charges are appropriate for the scheme and its investments.
  • Ensure appropriate assessment of the quality of service and governance standards
  • Raise and escalate any concerns to the Board of ReAssure in the first instance, and ultimately our regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), if the IGC feel ReAssure have not responded to a particular concern.

Our IGC members have been carefully selected to ensure they have the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience in relation to Workplace Personal Pensions to be able to execute their duties.

The IGC represents scheme members interests and scheme members can contact the IGC to share their views directly. If you have any individual servicing queries or complaints you should raise these in the normal ways. Each year an Annual Report will be published on this page that will explain the work of the IGC over the previous twelve months.

Board of Directors

Rick Hudson
Rick Hudson worked most of his career for RSA working in the UK, South Africa, Spain and the USA. His last role there was as Group Risk Director.

Rick now has a number of Non-Executive Directorships in the Insurance Industry as well as Trusteeships in the Pension and Charitable worlds.

Rick has undergraduate and post graduate degrees and was the President of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 2003/4. He is currently Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Insurers.

Matt Cuhls
Matt became CEO in January 2013 and has been with ReAssure and its predecessor companies since 2000. Over that time he has performed a variety of both operational and oversight roles holding senior management positions in Risk, Internal Audit, Compliance and Project Governance. Matt's most recent role before becoming CEO was as Chief Risk Officer of the ReAssure group of companies.

Matt has Masters degrees from both Manchester Business School and the University of Oxford.

Mike Woodcock
Mike Woodcock is the UK Chief Financial Officer of ReAssure.  He joined the company on 30 July 2012.

Mike is a CIMA-qualified accountant, with over 26-years’ experience in the financial services industry.  His past experience includes financial consolidation, external/financial reporting, management accounting, business partnering, mergers and sales.

He was previously with Aviva plc holding a variety of senior roles, most recently Group Consolidation and Reporting Director responsible for leading the Financial Consolidation and Reporting Services team for the plc Group.

Mike has also held senior finance roles in India, Europe and the UK.

Michael Eves
Michael Eves is the Group Chief Actuary of Swiss Re and the statutory actuary for Swiss Reinsurance Company, Zurich.

He is based at the Group’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Michael is a UK qualified actuary and also a member of the Swiss Actuarial Association.

During his 26 years with Swiss Re he has worked extensively in both the life and health business as well as property and casualty. Michael is also Chairman of the Reinsurance Sub-Committee of the International Actuarial Association.

Jim Gallagher
Jim Gallagher has 15 years’ experience as a non-executive director in the life and pensions industry.

He has been a Board member since 2008 and Chairs the Board Risk Committee and Fairness Committee.

He has been a director of Scottish Mutual, Abbey National Life and Scottish Provident, where he chaired the Supervisory Committee which looked after the interest of with-profits policyholders.

He is a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and was previously a senior advisor to Government Ministers as a Director General on the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and the Prime Minister's Office.

Brian Dunne
Brian Dunne was appointed to the Board in 2016 and Chairs the Board Audit Committee, having been a board member of Guardian Assurance since 2015 and Ark Life since 2012. He has also been the Chairman of Aviva’s health business in Ireland and a director of its Irish life and pensions business.

Brian is a director of Ardmore Shipping Corporation and Aergen Aviation Finance. He was previously a senior executive and director with major airlines in Canada and Ireland. He started his career at Arthur Andersen in Dublin and became a partner in 1998.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a post graduate diploma in Professional Accounting.

Colin Ledlie
Colin is an experienced non-executive director, actuary and risk professional with over 28 years working in the insurance industry. He is a non-executive director at BUPA Insurance Limited and at the National Records of Scotland. He is also Chair of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Finance and Investment Board.

Colin’s executive career was with Standard Life where, amongst a range of roles, he was Appointed Actuary and Group Chief Risk Officer.

ReAssure Management Committee

Matt Cuhls
Matt became CEO in January 2013 and has been with ReAssure and its predecessor companies since 2000. Over that time he has performed a variety of both operational and oversight roles holding senior management positions in Risk, Internal Audit, Compliance and Project Governance. Matt's most recent role before becoming CEO was as Chief Risk Officer of the ReAssure group of companies.

Matt has Masters degrees from both Manchester Business School and the University of Oxford.

Mike Woodcock
Mike Woodcock is the UK Chief Financial Officer of ReAssure.  He joined the company on 30 July 2012.

Mike is a CIMA-qualified accountant, with over 26-years’ experience in the financial services industry.  His past experience includes financial consolidation, external/financial reporting, management accounting, business partnering, mergers and sales.

He was previously with Aviva plc holding a variety of senior roles, most recently Group Consolidation and Reporting Director responsible for leading the Financial Consolidation and Reporting Services team for the plc Group.

Mike has also held senior finance roles in India, Europe and the UK.

Angela is responsible for ensuring ReAssure's business activities and standards meet the requirements of the industry regulator.  She is also responsible for monitoring business activities and their consequent outcomes for customers, reporting the results to the Board of Directors.

Angela has over 30 years' experience in the Life and Pensions industry and has held executive Compliance positions in various life assurance companies for over 20 years.

She is a Chartered Insurer and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.  She was appointed in June 2010.

Rebecca Wainwright
Rebecca joined the business in 2009 from Prudential UK Services Ltd, with responsibility for developing and monitoring the delivery of ReAssure's business plan and the completion of strategic initiatives.

She was appointed to the ReAssure Management Committee in 2012 and brings extensive financial services experience encompassing mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, distribution and corporate finance.

Simon Tomlinon
Simon joined the company in 2006 with the acquisition of the GE Life group of companies, and was appointed Actuarial Function Holder of ReAssure in 2010.

David Harrison
With a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Sheffield University, David is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He joined ReAssure in 2008 as Senior Actuary, following 8 years in actuarial consultancy.

He progressed to Head of Financial Risk and has been Chief Risk Officer since January 2016.

Jon Whitaker
Jon joined ReAssure through the acquisition of Guardian at the beginning of 2016. He has over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, primarily leading operational areas and major change, and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

He was the Deputy COO at ReAssure FSH UK (formerly known as Guardian Financial Services UK), and before that performed a number of senior roles at Aviva UK Life.

Beverley Linkhorn
Beverley joined ReAssure in May 2013, taking a lead role on the operational integration of the HSBC acquisition and the operations and integration of the ex-Guardian book. Prior to joining ReAssure Beverley held a number of senior management positions including Director of Operations for a large scale operation within the UK Life and Pensions sector.

Matt Precey
Matt has been with ReAssure for more than 20 years. He is a Qualified Actuary and has held a number of senior management positions in Actuarial, IT and Operations. His previous role was Head of Commercial Solutions Delivery where he was responsible for policy calculations, data integrity, product and calculation aspects of policy migrations and manual production.