Our people

Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, where we began over 185 years ago as Scottish Equitable, Aegon UK has around 3,000 employees, 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 

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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 Manging Director of the Personal Lines business, joining the Board of DLG in Feb 2017.

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

Stephen McGee - Chief Financial Officer

Stephen was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in October 2016, a role he'd held on an interim basis from August of that year.

Prior to becoming CFO, Stephen was a key part of the finance leadership team, including as Finance Director for Existing Business as well as leading a strategic review of the business in his time as Commercial Programme Director. Stephen joined Aegon UK in 2014 from Lloyds Banking Group where he was Chief Actuary.

Stephen has been in the insurance industry since graduating from university in 1994 - spending most of his time prior to Lloyds in senior finance and actuarial roles at Phoenix Life Group.

Jim Ewing - Chief Risk Officer

Jim joined Aegon UK in 2011 as Chief Actuary and became Chief Risk Officer in 2014. Prior to this he was Solvency II Director at Lloyds Banking Group for two years. Jim has been in the insurance industry since training as an actuary at Scottish Widows in 1992. Jim was also Chair of the Board of Stevenson College, Edinburgh for a number of years.

Management teams

Mark Till, Managing Director - Digital Solutions

Mark has a broad commercial role, and is responsible for all aspects of the Aegon UK business revenue and proposition for intermediaries and their customers.

Prior to joining Aegon UK, Mark was Head of Personal Investing for Fidelity. He joined Fidelity from Standard Life where he was Head of UK Marketing. Prior to this, he worked for Barclays for 22 years in Banking, Sales and Marketing roles.

Mark focuses on business opportunities where the challenge is to achieve a significant improvement in results.  His passionate belief is that this can only be achieved by doing the right thing for intermediaries, customers and employees, which in turn, creates benefits to shareholders and the wider community.

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.

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 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.

Gill Scott - Human Resources Director

Gill leads our HR function, working in partnership with the business to deliver an organisation-wide approach to people management, talent retention and development, employee engagement and performance, contributing to the sustainability and profitability of the organisation through the appropriate resourcing and the development and reward of our people.  

Prior to joining Aegon UK, she went from university into roles in Retail, including a very interesting year in Harrods, London, which ignited her passion for serving the customer through excellent people.

James Mackenzie - General Counsel

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 has been with Aegon for nine years, having previously worked in Shepherd and Wedderburn’s corporate finance team.