Standard Life Assurance Limited is the regulated entity through which we provide our long term savings and investment products. Our Board oversees the running of the company to make sure we are operating efficiently, effectively and with our customers’ best interests at the heart of what we do.

Kevin Parry


Kevin is also Chairman of Intermediate Capital Group plc and Non-Executive Director of Daily Mail and General Trust plc and Nationwide Building Society. Kevin was previously with Schroders plc, firstly as Non-Executive Director between 2002 and 2008 and, latterly, as CFO between 2009 and 2013. Prior to this, Kevin served as CEO of Management Consulting Group between 2000 and 2008.

Barry O’Dwyer

Chief Executive Officer
Appointed to the Board in September 2016.

Barry originally began his career at Standard Life in 1988. He trained as an actuary and held a number of senior management positions in both the UK and Ireland. He was Managing Director, Marketing of our UK business when he left in 2007 to join HBOS. He moved to Prudential in 2009 and was Deputy Chief Executive of their UK & Europe business when he left in 2013 to return to Standard Life. Barry sits on the Board of the Association of British Insurers.

Stephen Percival

Chief Financial Officer
Appointed Chief Financial Officer and Director in May 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Stephen was Group Financial Controller and Treasurer where he was responsible for leading the group’s financial reporting, business planning and treasury teams. Stephen has been with Standard Life for 19 years and during this time has held a range of finance and strategy roles. He has significant experience in the Far East having worked for Standard Life’s joint venture in China and HDFC Life in India. Stephen is a qualified actuary and a member of the ABI’s Prudential Financial and Taxation Committee.

Amanda Bowe

Non-Executive Director
Appointed Director in October 2016.

Amanda has over 20 years’ risk management experience, and has held senior positions at the UK’s Financial Services Authority and Aegon UK. Since leaving Aegon, she has taken on a number of Non-Executive Directorships with Equatex, Post Office Management Services (where she is also chair of the Audit and Risk Committee) and Pensions Insurance Corporation. Amanda is also Chair of the Standard Life Assurance Limited Risk and Capital Committee.

David Marock

Non-Executive Director
Appointed Director in October 2016

David is also the Group Chief Executive Officer of Charles Taylor plc. He joined from specialist insurer Beazley plc, where he was Group Chief Operating Officer, a member of the Group Executive Committee and on the Board of Beazley Furlonge Limited. He previously chaired the Xchanging Review Board and was on the Claims Service Review Board, acting on behalf of the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA), and a member of the LMA Claims and Market Process Committees. Prior to that, he was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, advising financial services clients on strategic, operational and corporate finance matters.

David is a Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. He is also a Director of The Standard Club Limited, The Standard Club Europe Limited, Fadata and Charles Taylor Managing Agency Limited; finally, he is Chairman of Charles Taylor Managing Agency Holdings Limited.

Noel Harwerth

Non-Executive Director
Appointed Director in August 2017.

Noel’s executive background is in international banking. Prior to her appointment, Noel served as a Non-Executive Director of Standard Life Aberdeen plc for 5 years to July 2017. In January 2017 she was appointed chair of the UK Export Finance board. As part of this role she is also a Non-Executive member of the Department of International Trade board. Noel is outgoing Chairman of GE Capital Bank Limited. She also holds Non-Executive Director appointments with Charter Court Financial Services, CHAPS Clearing Company Limited, the London Metal Exchange, the British Horseracing Authority and Sirius Minerals Plc. Noel was previously with Citicorp for 15 years, latterly as the Chief Operating Officer of Citibank International.

Richard Houghton

Non-Executive Director
Appointed Director in February 2017

Richard is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector, particularly general insurance. He was Group Chief Financial Officer of RSA Insurance, and has held senior positions with RBS Insurance (including as Chief Operating Officer and Group Finance Director) and was interim Chief Financial Officer with Co-op Insurance. Richard is also Chair of the Standard Life Assurance Limited Audit Committee.