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.

Current members of the Board are: 

Julie Spence OBE QPM BEd LLB MA MBA, formerly Chief Constable Cambridgeshire Constabulary - Chair

Julie Spence OBE QPM BEd LLB MA MBA, formerly Chief Constable Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Julie began her Police career in Avon and Somerset Police in 1978. Since then she has held positions in ACPO as well as Thames Valley Police and Cambridgeshire Constabulary, where she was appointed Chief Constable in 2005.

She was awarded the OBE in 2007 and the Queen's Police Medal in 2010. She was also President of the British Association of Women in Policing. Julie was elected to the Committee of Management as a Vice President in 2007 and appointed as Police Mutual's Chair in 2011.

Julie is currently director of her own management consultancy company and non-executive director for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. In April 2017 she was appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. Julie chairs the Committee of Management, Managing Board, Nomination Committee and Foundation Advisory Board, and is a member of the With-Profits Committee.


Paul Bishop MA ACA - Non-Executive Director

Paul Bishop MA ACA

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 a number of its regulated subsidiaries.

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

Andy Elkington BA (Hons) MBA

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.

Julie Hopes ACIB MBA - Non-Executive Director

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 CIS General Insurance Limited, where she is also chair of its Risk Committee. Julie is also a non-executive director at West Bromwich Building Society.

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 With-Profits Committee.

John Lister BSc FIA - Non-Executive Director

John Lister BSc FIA

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 Emerging Markets business. He is also a trustee of the University of York staff pension scheme.

Barry Sanjana MA - Non-Executive Director

Barry Sanjana MA

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

Kathryn Winup FACCA AMCT - Finance Director

Kathryn Winup FACCA AMCT

Kathryn Winup is an experienced finance professional with international and UK experience across the banking and insurance sectors. She has previously held Finance Director roles at Royal Bank of Scotland and its subsidiaries, including FD RBSI, FD Coutts & Co, CFO Wealth Management Division and FD, SME building a strong track record in Retail Banking, SME Banking and Wealth Management. Immediately prior to joining Police Mutual, Kathryn was Chief Finance Officer Digital at Aviva, with responsibility for the direct business across the GI, Life and Health insurance sectors.

Kathryn joined Police Mutual in September 2017 and was appointed Finance Director in November 2017. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.