Managing Board

  • Board members are highly experienced and include experts with backgrounds at many of the UK's best-regarded financial services companies.

  • Sets our strategic direction, ensures we comply with regulation and monitors management performance.

  • Accountable to the Committee of Management and supervises the Executive Team.

Julie Hopes ACIB MBA

Julie is an experienced financial services professional with a strong track record of growing businesses, running large scale customer-facing operations, developing and implementing strategy and leading the delivery of transformational change within large blue chip companies. She is a non-executive director at Saga Plc and is the Chair of Saga Services Limited. Julie is also a non-executive director and Senior Independent Director at West Bromwich Building Society where she is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk and Nomination Committees.

Julie was co-opted to the Committee of Management in 2014 and is Chair of the Remuneration Committee, a member of the Managing Board and the Risk, Nomination and With-Profits Committee

Julie Hopes was appointed Chair of the Managing Board in May 2019.

Paul Bishop MA ACA
Non-Executive Director

Paul has spent most of his career at KPMG, where he was a Partner specialising in the insurance sector, particularly life insurance and led its European insurance consulting practice.

He has a broad range of experience over his 30 years in the financial services industry including major change programmes, finance transformation, distribution and restructuring.

Paul is currently a non-executive director of the National House-Building Council (NHBC) where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee at Just Group, and a non-executive director of Zurich Assurance Limited.

Andy Elkington BA (Hons) MBA
Group Sales & Marketing Director

Andy is an Economics graduate with over 10 years’ experience at director level in sales and marketing, gained from the Retail Banking and Insurance industries across the UK and Scandinavia.

Before joining Police Mutual, he was the Director of Bank & Building Society Distribution at Legal & General, with responsibility for all Protection and General Insurance relationships as well as L&G’s Protection Advice team. In the past, he has led teams at Virgin Money, RSA and National Australia Group.

Andy joined Police Mutual as Group Sales and Marketing Director in 2017 and was appointed to the Managing Board in October 2017

John Lister BSc FIA
Non-Executive Director

John has a wealth of senior management experience gained at Aviva, where he was latterly Chief Financial Officer and Group Business Development Officer for the UK Life business and before that Chief Risk Officer for Aviva plc. His 35 years’ experience in the financial services sector includes senior actuarial roles at Aviva, where he was Chief Actuary from 2005 - 2008.

During his Aviva career John was a member of the Group Executive, various entity Boards within Aviva and chair/member of a number of key management committees.

John is currently a non-executive director and Risk Committee Chair for Police Mutual, Phoenix Life Group, Pacific Life Re and Old Mutuals Limited. He is also a trustee of the University of York staff pension scheme.

Barry Sanjana MA
Non-Executive Director

Barry is an experienced investment professional with a strong track record of managing both investments and investment management organisations and has had previous roles as Chief Investment Officer at Morley Fund Management Limited and also Chief Investment Officer at Friends Ivory & Sime plc.

He is currently Chair of the Reliance Pension Scheme Trustee Company. Barry was elected to the Committee of Management in 2010. He is Chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Managing Board and Audit Committee.

John Perks

John joined as CEO for the Police Mutual Group on 1 April 2019.

Prior to this, John was Managing Director at LV= and oversaw their trading businesses and the Heritage closed book. This encompassed Protection, Retirement and Savings & Investments businesses, as well as being CEO of the Advice business.

John had originally joined LV= as the Customer Solutions Director in July 2007, a member of the Life Executive, where he was responsible for the development of the full product suite for the Life business, and joined LV=’s Group executive team in 2016, leading a team of over 1,000 colleagues.

John is a qualified actuary with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to working for LV=, John was the Director of Protection at Prudential, covering their Life Insurance manufacture and General Insurance and Healthcare partnerships, and has also held senior roles at AXA and Swiss Life (UK).

When he’s not living in the Premier Inn, he can be found “relaxing” at his Bournemouth home with his energetic young daughter and son, while being told by his wife to “stop talking, I’m trying to write”.

John is a keen follower of sport, although generally less actively since the family arrived.  However, as part of his mid-life crisis, he took up boxing a few years ago and even competed in bouts in 2015 and 2016. He complements this with the less painful activities of squash and kayaking.

David Vallery BSc FFA
Chief Financial Officer
David is a qualified actuary whose career started at Scottish Amicable a leading mutual life insurer before joining AXA as Assistant Group Chief Actuary. David then spent nine years at HBOS in various roles including time as the Chief Financial Officer of the HBOS Australia Insurance and Investment Division before returning to the UK to run the Bank of Scotland private client business. David was a Risk Consulting Partner at KPMG, before joining Police Mutual as CRO in January 2017 and becoming CFO in October 2019.