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Advisory board

Mark Wood CBE


Mark Wood CBE is one of the UK’s leading financial figures.

He has held several senior positions in global institutions, including Head of Cash Management at Barclays Bank, Chief Executive of Prudential UK and Europe, and CEO of AXA UK.

In 2006, with £500m of private equity backing, Mark founded Paternoster, which quickly became the market leader in bulk annuities.

A regular media commentator on pensions and insurance, Mark is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Automobile Club and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the NSPCC.

He received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University in 2010.

In 2017, Mark was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the British public sector.

Sir Roy Gardner, F.C.C.A., F.C.G.I.

Senior Advisor

Sir Roy Gardner is an experienced chairman and chief executive with over 40 years’ experience in both executive and non-executive roles in a variety of businesses in the services, energy, industrial, chemicals, electronics, insurance, catering, and leisure sectors.

Sir Roy is Chairman of Pressure Technology plc. Sir Roy is also an Advisor to Antin Infrastructure Partners, and Digitalis.

Previously, Sir Roy was Chairman of Serco plc, Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., Senior Independent Director at William Hill PLC, Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse, a Non-Executive Director of Willis Group Holdings Limited, Chairman of Compass Group PLC, Chief Executive of Centrica plc, Managing Director of GEC-Marconi Limited and a Director of GEC plc and Managing Director of STC PLC.

He has also been the Chairman of Manchester United plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Laporte plc.

He is the former Chairman of the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network. Sir Roy is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, City & Guilds Institute and the Energy Institute and has an Honorary Degree from Thames Valley University.

Sir Roy was recognised by Harvard in the US as one of the greatest wealth creators in the world, thirty-eighth position (Bill Gates was number one).

Oliver Pawle

Senior Advisor

Oliver Pawle is Chairman of Korn Ferry Board Services Practice, focusing on chairman, non-executive and executive board appointments. He also serves as a Senior Client Partner in the firm’s London office.

Oliver has advised on board recruitment for many major companies, including GSK, Cobham, Amadeus, Weir Group, Prudential, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Bank of England.

Prior to his current position, he was Vice Chairman of the investment banking division of UBS. In that role, he acted as a Corporate Broking Advisor to many FTSE companies.

Previously, Oliver worked for UBS Phillips & Drew, becoming a Managing Director in 1992 and Head of Corporate Broking in 1993. He joined County NatWest in 1980 and was responsible for developing their investment banking business in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

Oliver began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, moving into corporate finance with Barings in London and New York.

Oliver is a member of the advisory boards of Delancey Real Estate and Reform, a think tank involved in the reform of the public sector. He is also the Non-Executive Global Chairman of FTI Strategic Communications, a leading global consulting company. He is on the National Theatre Development Council and is the founder and Chair of Trustees of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation.

Oliver is a qualified ACA and an economics graduate.

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