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Board leadership with broad experience

At Cornish Mutual, our Board of Directors is diverse, with an enviable track record in business, farming and general insurance.

Together, our Board bring a wealth of experience as well as a deep understanding of the South West to the governance of Cornish Mutual.

The roles and responsibilities of our Board can be found in our Board Charter.
 

Ian Pawley
Chairman

As a solicitor, Ian Pawley has lived and worked in Cornwall for all his professional life. He understands the agricultural sector particularly well having dealt with many issues around farming and inheritance tax. Ian, a former managing partner of regional legal firm Stephens Scown, joined the Cornish Mutual Board in 2009 and brought with him an extensive knowledge of modern legal and business requirements including corporate governance. Ian was elected Deputy Chairman in April 2010. He takes an active interest in the rural and agricultural community in the South West. Ian also holds a number of other non-executive director and trustee positions in Cornwall, as well as being involved in local charity work and the St Austell Rotary Club.

Alan Goddard
Managing Director

Alan Goddard joined the company as Deputy General Manager in December 2001. Alan was appointed Managing Director in August 2004 and became a Member of the Board. Alan’s experience of the financial and insurance sectors is second to none, having worked in the industry for most of his adult life. Alan, a Chartered Insurer, is also a Board Member of the Association of Financial Mutuals and chairs their regulation and governance committee. He has previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Royal Insurance Group. He is passionate about the rural community in the South West and sits on the Staff Management Committee of Cornwall Young Farmers Clubs (CYFC).

Jeremy Oatey
Non-Executive Director

With an extensive background in farming, and having won Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the year in 2013, Jeremy Oatey is passionate about the farming community. As a Director of Cornwall Farmers Ltd and owner of Agricola Growers Ltd, Jeremy is also a Member of Cornish Mutual for his own farming business. Cornish born and bred, Jeremy had the chance to work away from Cornwall, gaining experience and knowledge to then come back and start his own business.

Jerry Davison
Non-Executive Director

Having held a number of Managing Director and Financial Director positions, both in the UK and abroad, Jerry Davison brings extensive commercial, operational and IT experience and knowledge to the Cornish Mutual Board. He was appointed in May 2007 as Non-Executive Director. A Chartered Accountant with a law degree he currently runs his own consultancy near Exeter. He is a past President of the South West Society of Chartered Accountants, knows the region very well and holds a number of other non-executive board positions with companies across the South West. Jerry maintains a keen interest in all agricultural and rural issues affecting the West Country.

Charles Pears
Non-Executive Director

Based in Mid-Cornwall Charles is an experienced insurance and investment professional.  Previous roles include Head of Insurance at Insight Investment where he specialised in Solvency II and the management of investments on behalf of Insurers.  Charles also led strategy and business management teams for Lloyds Banking Group insurance entities, National Australia Bank and Aviva Plc.  He began his career in 1995 with Commercial Union where he held various roles in the general insurance and corporate partnership teams.  Charles graduated from the University of Durham with a BA Honours in Philosophy and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Paul Davies
Non-Executive Director

Paul Davies has a strong background in financial services and brings his excellent experience in pensions and general insurance skills to Cornish Mutual. In addition to his role with Cornish Mutual, Paul is also a non-executive director and Council Member at the University of Gloucestershire and is a pension fund trustee with Sun Life Financial of Canada. Based in Gloucester and a graduate of the University of Southampton, Paul has experience as a Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Marketing and Business Development Director delivering major growth projects, acquisition, and change management success.  Paul has a wealth of knowledge he can share with the businesses and the Members we work for.

Peter Beaumont
Finance Director

Peter Beaumont has a wealth of experience in the IT and financial services industries including insurance and banking. Peter took up the role of Finance Director with Cornish Mutual in January 2009, having relocated with his family to Cornwall. He joined the company from corporate finance specialists Close Asset Finance Ltd where he was Group Financial Controller. Peter has held various director level appointments covering both finance and operations. Having trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant within public practice, Peter has spent his career within commerce. With a track record of introducing change, he is committed to further developing and delivering a first-class service to all Cornish Mutual Members.

Roger Cawse
Non-Executive Director

Roger spent 42 years working in Financial Services, the last 17 of which were as a Chief Executive in private medical insurance.  He has held both Executive and Non-Executive posts on the Boards of several Friendly Societies, in addition to previous experience as Chairman of the Finance Committees of a major national housing association and a Hospiscare charity.  He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Civil Service Healthcare Society Ltd, where he is also Chairman of the Performance and Investment Committee.