Board of Directors

Board of Directors of Standard Life plc

  • Gerry Grimstone

    Sir Gerry Grimstone

    Chairman

    Appointed Chairman in May 2007, having been Deputy Chairman since March 2006. He became a director of The Standard Life Assurance Company in July 2003. Sir Gerry is also Chairman of TheCityUK, an Independent Non-Executive of Deloitte LLP and the Lead Non-Executive at the Ministry of Defence. Previously, he held senior positions within the Department of Health and Social Security and HM Treasury until 1986. He then spent 13 years with Schroders in London, Hong Kong and New York, and was Vice Chairman of Schroders' worldwide investment banking activities from 1998 to 1999.

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  • David Nish

    David Nish

    Chief Executive

    Appointed Chief Executive on 1 January 2010, having been Group Finance Director since November 2006 when he was appointed to the Board. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Long Term Savings and Life Insurance Committee of the Association of British Insurers, Non-Executive Director of the UK Green Investment Bank plc, Member of the UK Strategy Committee of TheCityUK and Member of the Financial Services Advisory Board of the Scottish Government. David was previously a partner with Price Waterhouse, and subsequently Group Finance Director and then Executive Director, Infrastructure Division at Scottish Power plc.

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  • Luke Savage

    Luke Savage

    Chief Financial Officer

    Appointed a Director and Chief Financial Officer on 18 August 2014. He joined Standard Life from Lloyd's of London where he was Director of Finance and Operations. Luke has held senior finance roles at Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley & Company (UK) and Lloyds Bank. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and is a member of the governing body of Queen Mary, University of London.

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  • Keith Skeoch

    Keith Skeoch

    Executive Director

    Appointed Director in May 2006, having been a director of the Standard Life Assurance Company since March 2006. He is Chief Executive of Standard Life Investments Limited. Keith joined Standard Life Investments Limited in 1999 as Chief Investment Officer after nearly 20 years' investment experience at James Capel & Company Limited in a number of roles, including Chief Economist and Managing Director International Equities. He is also a Director of the Investment Management Association and a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council.

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  • Pierre Danon

    Pierre Danon

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Director in October 2011. He is also Vice Chairman of TDC and AgroGeneration, Executive Chairman of Volia and Independent Director of CIEL Investment Limited. From 2000–2005, Pierre was Chief Executive Officer of BT Retail and, subsequently, Chief Operating Officer of Capgemini Group and Chairman of Eircom.

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  • Crawford Gillies

    Crawford Gillies

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Director in January 2007. He is also Chairman of Scottish Enterprise and Control Risks Group Holdings Limited, Non-Executive Director of Barclays PLC and MITIE Group PLC, and Member of the Advisory Board of the School for CEOs. Crawford spent 22 years with Bain & Company Inc, the international management consultants, where he was Managing Director Europe. He was an independent member of the DTI's Management and Strategy Boards from 2002 to 2007, and chaired the DTI's Audit and Risk Committee from 2003 to 2007.

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  • David Grigson

    David Grigson

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Director in November 2009. He is also Chairman of Creston plc, Trinity Mirror plc and Investis Limited, and also Senior Independent Director of Ocado Group plc. David spent much of his career in senior financial executive positions, firstly with Emap plc where he served as Group Finance Director from 1989 to 2000, and more recently with Reuters Group plc, where he was Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2008, when Reuters Group became Thomson Reuters Limited.

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  • Noel Harwerth

    Noel Harwerth

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Director in July 2012. She is also Chairman of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited, and a Non-Executive Director of GE Capital Bank Limited and Alent plc. She is also a Director of London First. Noel was previously with Citicorp for 15 years, latterly as the Chief Operating Officer of Citibank International.

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  • John Paynter

    John Paynter

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Director in January 2012. He is the Company's Senior Independent Director and the Non-Executive Chairman of Standard Life Investments (Holdings) Limited. John is also a Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered plc and a Senior Advisor to Greenhill & Co International. From 2001 to 2005, he was Deputy Chairman of Cazenove Group plc and then Vice-Chairman of JP Morgan Cazenove from 2005 to 2008.

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  • Lynne Peacock

    Lynne Peacock

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Director in April 2012. Lynne is also a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Water and a Non-Executive Director of Nationwide Building Society. She joined National Australia Bank Limited in 2003 and, from 2004 to 2011, she was Chief Executive Officer, UK (Clydesdale Bank plc and Yorkshire Bank). Prior to that, Lynne was with Woolwich plc from 1983 to 2003, finishing her career there as Chief Executive Officer.

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  • Martin Pike

    Martin Pike

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Director in September 2013. Martin joined R Watson & Sons in 1983, and progressed his career with the firm to partner level. His senior roles included Head of European Insurance and Financial Services Practice, Watson Wyatt from 2006 to 2009, Vice-President and Global Practice Director, Insurance and Financial Services, Watson Wyatt during 2009 and, latterly, Managing Director, Risk Consulting & Software, EMEA, Towers Watson from 2010 to 2013.

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