Paul Osborn - Chief Executive
joined the Society in 2006 and was appointed to the Board as
Finance Director in February 2007 and as Chief Executive in
He is a Chartered Accountant with over 13 years' experience in
the friendly societies industry and over 10 years working for a
London based firm of chartered accountants.
Prior to joining Foresters, Paul worked for Teachers Provident
Society holding senior positions in finance and investment.
Paul is a member of the Investment and the Risk and Capital
Mike Wilkinson - Chairman
Mike was appointed to the Board in September 2012 and
subsequently elected Chairman. He is Chairman of the
Investment and Nominations Committees and a member of the Risk and
Capital Committee and the With-Profits Advisory
Arrangement. He was previously Chief Actuary of Genworth
Financial Lifestyle Protection in Europe before retiring in March
2012 and has over 35 years of insurance experience in a
variety of risk/actuarial, compliance, finance and senior executive
He has a B.Sc. (Class 1) in Mathematics, a Ph.D. in Mathematical
Foundations of Quantum Theory and is a Fellow of the Institute and
Faculty of Actuaries.
Kathryn Vagneur - Deputy Chairman
Kathryn was appointed to
the Board in March 2008, and elected to the position of Deputy
Chairman in September 2012. She is also Chairman of the Risk
and Capital Committee and a member of the Audit and Investment
Committees. Kathryn is a Director of Durant Ltd, a private
Previously, a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers, she
has a PhD from London Business School where she did research
for the CBI and consulted on strategy implementation with
FTSE100 companies. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has an
MSc (Management), BSc (Maths) and researches and writes about
corporate governance and business improvement.
Cheryl Eagleson - Senior Independent Director
Cheryl was elected to the
Board in September 2008 and appointed Senior Independent Director
in October 2012.
Cheryl is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of
the Audit Committee.
She is retired and worked in the paper and textile industry for
most of her career. She is an active Forester and has held offices
within the Society's structure.
John was appointed to the Board in December 2012, and is
Chairman of the Audit Committee and With-Profits Advisory
Arrangement and a member of the Investment, Nominations and Risk
and Capital Committees. He is currently Acting Director,
Actuarial Policy in the Codes and Standards Division at the
Financial Reporting Council.
His experience includes business management, product
development, actuarial reporting, as well as setting and
overseeing Business Plans.
John is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and
has a BA in Mathematics from Oxford.
Penny was elected to the Board in 2007 and is a member of the
Investment and Remuneration Committees and the With-Profits
Advisory Arrangement. Penny has had wide experience of the
financial sector including banking and financial
She now runs a company offering investment and protection advice
and services. Penny is also a regular contributor to the BBC and
other television channels, the financial press and various money
Graham was co-opted to the Board on 31 July and is a
member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees and the With
Profits Advisory Arrangement.
Graham is semi-retired and involved with the Prince's Trust as
an Enterprise & Next Steps Scheme Business Mentor. Prior
to this, Graham held the positions of Director and Chief Executive
for American Express Insurance Services Europe Limited as well as
various marketing and management positions within the insurance
sector including Àegon.
Graham has a HND in Business Studies from the University of West
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