Utmost Group plc Board

 
  • James Fraser

    Chairman

  • Paul Thompson

    Group Chief Executive Officer

  • Ian Maidens

    Group Chief Financial Officer

  • Gavin Palmer

    Independent Non-Executive Director and Group Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee Chairman

  • Chris Boehringer

    Non-Executive Director, Oaktree Capital Management

  • Katherine Ralph

    Non-Executive Director, Oaktree Capital Management

 
 
 

James Fraser

Chairman

James Fraser is the Chairman of Utmost Group plc. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Risk and Compliance Committee of Duologi, a specialist lending business. He was previously a Non-Executive Director at Hermes Fund Managers, a UK investment management business.

Prior to this, James was a Partner and Head of Financial Services at Permira Advisers, a leading private equity firm. He served as a Non-Executive Director on a number of Permira’s portfolio companies including Tilney Group, where he was also Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committee, and Just Group plc, now a FTSE250 insurance group.

Previously he was a Partner and Co-Head of Financial Services at L.E.K. Consulting, a global strategy consulting firm.

James holds a BSc (Hons) in Computational Science from the University of St Andrews and an MBA from INSEAD.

 

Paul Thompson

Group Chief Executive Officer

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Utmost Group plc and co-founded the Group in 2013. Since then he has built Utmost Group into a leading provider of insurance and savings solutions in the UK and International insurance markets.

Paul was an investment banker specialising in financial institutions before joining Britannic Group as Group Finance Director in 2002. Following his appointment as Group CEO at Britannic Group he repositioned the Group as a life assurance consolidator before merging with Resolution plc, becoming Group CEO of the merged group until its acquisition in 2008. Paul subsequently worked as Head of Financial Services at Pamplona Capital Management, a private equity fund.

Paul holds an MA from the University of Cambridge.

 

Ian Maidens

Group Chief Financial Officer

Ian is the Chief Financial Officer of Utmost Group plc and co-founded the Group in 2013. Since then he has built Utmost Group into a successful provider of insurance and savings solutions in the UK and International insurance markets.

Ian was a director of Resolution plc where he held the position of Group Chief Actuary and Head of Corporate Development. Following the acquisition of Resolution plc, Ian was a Founding Partner of Resolution Limited. Ian was instrumental to the success of the UK Life business, which created the Friends Life Group, acquired by Aviva in 2015. Prior to this, Ian worked as a Principal at Tillinghast / Towers Perrin, a specialist actuarial consultancy. Initially he trained as a life actuary at National Provident Institution.

 

Gavin Palmer

Independent Non-Executive Director and Group Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee Chairman

Gavin is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Utmost Group plc and Group Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. Prior to this, Gavin was an Actuarial Partner at KPMG with extensive experience advising UK and European insurance companies.

Previously, Gavin worked as a Principal at Tillinghast / Towers Perrin, a specialist actuarial consultancy, where he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Towers Perrin Capital Markets. Initially he trained as a life actuary at London and Manchester Assurance. Gavin is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and holds an MA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.

 

Chris Boehringer

Non-Executive Director, Oaktree Capital Management

Chris is a Non-Executive Director of Utmost Group plc. Chris is a Managing Director and Head of Europe Opportunities Funds at Oaktree Capital Management, based in London. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2006, Chris worked at Goldman Sachs in London, and was Co-Founder and Director of FITravel Corporation, an internet-based distribution system for travel products.

Chris held previous roles at Warburg Dillon Read/SG Warburg in London, Hong Kong and New York, and at LTU GmbH & Co. in Duesseldorf.

Chris holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD.

 

Katherine Ralph

Non-Executive Director, Oaktree Capital Management

Katy is a Non-Executive Director of Utmost Group plc. Katy is a Managing Director in the Opportunities Funds team at Oaktree Capital Management in London, where she provides transactional and restructuring advice. She also serves on a number of Oaktree portfolio company boards across a number of sectors and jurisdictions.

Prior to this, Katy spent over nine years at Linklaters LLP in the Restructuring and Insolvency team in London where she specialised in cross-border restructurings and insolvency.

Katy holds both a BA (Hons) in History and an MA from the University of Cambridge, and graduated cum laude with an LLM in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law from Fordham University. She is qualified to practice law in both England & Wales and New York State.