Our people

Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, where we began over 190 years ago as Scottish Equitable, Aegon UK has around 2,300 employees (as at 31/3/2022), each and every one of them committed to helping people take responsibility for their financial future.

In 2017, our group was complemented through the acquisition of Cofunds, bringing a team of skilled and experienced investment platform professionals based in Witham, Essex.

Aegon UK is led by Mike Holliday-Williams, Chief Executive, and a team of well-respected industry figures with wide-ranging expertise and years of financial experience.

Executive Committee 

Profile of Mike Holliday-Williams

Mike started his career with WHSmith in 1991 as a graduate trainee, working as a Retail Manager in many UK stores and in Business Development. In 1997 he joined Centrica where he had several general management and marketing roles in British Gas, before becoming the Residential & Marketing Director of Centrica Telecoms/One.Tel in 2004.

In 2006 Mike joined RSA, becoming the UK Managing Director of Personal Lines in 2008, responsible for MORETH>N, Partnerships and the Broker businesses. In 2011 he moved to Copenhagen to become the CEO of RSA Group’s Scandinavian businesses, Codan A/S and Trygg-Hansa, he also became a member of the RSA Group Executive. In 2014, he moved to Direct Line Group to become Managing Director of the Personal Lines business, joining the Board of DLG in February 2017.

Mike joined Aegon UK in October 2019, to take over as CEO of Scottish Equitable Plc, Cofunds Ltd, and Aegon UK Plc.

He's been a member of the Global Management Board for AEGON N.V. since January 2020. 

Profile of Jim Ewing

Jim was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2021 and is responsible for:

  • Leading the development of the medium and long-term financial strategy to meet shareholder expectations.
  • Contributing to the wider Aegon UK strategy, direction and performance as well as providing executive leadership and direction for the Finance function.
  • Managing capital requirements to ensure customers are protected, regulatory and group requirements are met.

Jim joined Aegon in 2011 as Chief Actuary and became Chief Risk Officer in 2014, a role in which he was responsible for a wide variety of strategic projects as well as heading up Aegon's Diversity and Inclusion programme. Prior to this, he was Solvency II Director at Lloyds Banking Group. Jim has been in the insurance industry since training as an actuary at Scottish Widows in 1992. He was also Chair of the Board of Stevenson College, Edinburgh for several years.

Profile of Colin Black

Colin Black has been appointed as Acting Chief Risk Officer for Aegon UK on an interim basis from January 2022. 

With over 35 years' experience, Colin has held a variety of senior Finance and Actuarial roles in Aegon UK, Aegon Asset Management and Scottish Equitable. His appointment provides immediate continuity and ensures a seamless transfer of accountabilities of the CRO role on an interim basis until a permanent CRO is appointed and approved by the regulator.

Profile of Andy Manson

Andy is responsible for the development and marketing of propositions across workplace, retail and protection channels. Andy has over 25 years of experience in the industry across a range of marketing, operations and distribution roles. He joined Aegon from KPMG in 2016 where he was a management consultant working with insurers, advisers and asset managers to drive strategic change. Prior to this, Andy held a number of senior roles at Standard Life.

Profile of Nick Rodway

Nick joined us from KPMG in January 2019 where he was a partner and most recently responsible for delivering a number of change and transformation programmes for a wide range of wealth and asset management companies.

Before that he was Head of Technology at Fidelity Investment Management and led the UK business transformation programme and strategic redesign of their new target technical and operational architectures. 

Throughout his career, Nick has demonstrated a great passion for innovation and disruption, designing and building market leading customer experiences and leading global teams.

Profile of Alison Morris

Alison joined Aegon UK in June 2019 as Chief Internal Auditor and she also leads the Aegon UK internal audit team, our third line of defence, according to the Aegon UK Internal Audit Charter. Alison is also responsible for independently investigating whistleblowing disclosures and reportable concerns in line with the Speak Up Policy.  

Alison is a qualified actuary with over 25 years experience in the insurance industry, including over 19 years with Lloyds Banking Group where roles included internal audit, risk oversight, proposition development, customer retention and commercial management.

Profile of Gill Scott

Gill has been Aegon’s HR Director since August 2010. She leads our HR & Internal Communications function, working in partnership with the business to deliver a people strategy, plan and approach that supports and drives our ambition to create a purpose led, inclusive and diverse organisation, where everyone can be at their best and bring their whole self to work. As part of the executive team, a key part of Gill’s role is to ensure that we have the right structure, people and plans in place for the short and long term wellbeing of our people and our organisation.

Prior to joining HR, Gill spent over 20 years in the Aegon business, which ignited her passion for delivering our customer promise through great people and brilliant conversations.

Profile of James Mackenzie

James is General Counsel and Company Secretary of Aegon UK. As part of his role James leads the UK Legal and Company Secretariat department. James joined Aegon in 2009, having previously worked in Shepherd and Wedderburn’s corporate finance team.

Profile of Dougie Grant

Dougy's career began with Aegon UK in 1998 and, since qualifying as an actuary in 2001, has held leadership roles in finance, marketing, distribution, operations and general management, including a short spell with Aegon in the USA. Dougy had a break from Aegon taking on a role as an associate director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, before returning to Aegon UK in 2011 as Head of Finance Transformation.

In 2016 he became Managing Director for our Existing Business, responsible for driving improved outcomes for 1.4 million customers, and driving shareholder value.

In addition, he became CEO of Stonebridge International Insurance Limited in 2019.

In July 2020 he became Chief Service Officer, and he is accountable for the service we offer to our nearly 4 million customers.

Profile of Ronnie Taylor

Ronnie Taylor joined Aegon in May 2018 as Chief Distribution Officer.

Ronnie is an actuary and experienced business leader in distribution and business development with a strong track record in UK financial services. He is responsible for leading Aegon's growth across both workplace and wealth channels.

Having worked in a variety of senior roles across the UK savings industry, Ronnie has a wealth of experience of, and insight into, the marketplace we operate within. Previous roles include Distribution Director at Scottish Widows, Vebnet CEO, and Managing Director of the Standard Life Wrap business.

Profile of Sarah Barry

Sarah was appointed Transformation Director for Aegon UK in October 2021 and is responsible for Change programmes and projects across the business. Sarah joined Aegon in June 2020 as Programme Director and has led on the RTS Bottom Up Planning initiatives and the Aegon Digital Experience (ADX) Programme, AUK’s largest and most strategic and complex programme of work.

Sarah has substantial experience in leading and overseeing complex enterprise IT, change and transformation delivery in Financial Services. Prior to joining Aegon, she held roles at Sainsbury’s Bank as Head of Change Delivery and Head of Agile Ways of Working. She also founded and sold several of her own businesses between 2004 and 2014, before moving back into corporate.