Here in the UK, we’re led by Mike Holliday-Williams, Chief Executive Officer. Working alongside him is our Executive team of well-respected industry figures, bringing their wide-ranging expertise and financial experience to our efforts to help people live their best lives.

Executive Committee 

Mike Holliday-Williams, CEO of Scottish Equitable Plc, Cofunds Ltd, and Aegon UK Plc

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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 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. 

Jim Ewing, Chief Financial Officer

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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.

Alison Morris, Chief Risk Officer

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Alison was appointed Chief Risk Officer in 2022 and is responsible for ensuring Aegon UK has an effective risk management framework, and that this is embedded in all key business processes within the organisation. She plays a critical role in our plans to drive the business forward, deliver our ambitious strategy and be a force for good.

Alison joined Aegon UK in 2019 as Chief Internal Auditor and led an effective internal audit function across the business. An actuary by profession, Alison has held a range of senior roles within the financial services industry, including proposition development and strategic transformation as well as risk and internal audit.

Andy Manson, Chief Marketing Officer

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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.


Mohit Dhingra, Chief Internal Auditor

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Mohit Dhingra joined Aegon UK as Chief Internal Auditor in May 2023. Mohit brings extensive Audit and Risk leadership experience to the Aegon UK Executive and Global Internal Audit team and our Internal Audit function. Read about our Internal Audit Charter. As well as leading the internal audit team, Mohit is responsible for independently investigating whistleblowing disclosures and reportable concerns in line with Aegon UK’s Speak Up Policy.

Mohit joined Aegon UK from Unum, where he was Head of Audit for its UK and European business. Mohit also spent nine years at RSA Insurance in senior Audit roles and most latterly as Risk Director, overseeing its UK Personal & Commercial Lines business and Corporate Centre.

Arlene Stokes, Chief People Officer

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Arlene currently serves as Chief People Officer for Aegon UK, having been appointed to the role in April 2024.

First joining the leadership team in June 2022 as Chief Human Resources Officer, Arlene is responsible for leading our HR and Internal Comunications functions, as we drive forward our exciting and ambitious people plans. In our efforts to be a truly purpose-led organisation, Arlene plays a key role in helping to create a diverse and inclusive culture that supports everyone at Aegon UK to be their best and most whole self. 

Prior to joining Aegon, Arlene worked at The Weir Group, where she was HR Transformation Director and then Global VP HR for the Minerals Division. She has also previously worked for Standard Life in a number of senior HR and Operations roles across their UK and Asia businesses, having originally made her start as a Graduate Trainee at ScottishPower.

James Mackenzie, General Counsel and Company Secretary

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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.

Dougy Grant, Chief Service Officer

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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.

Ronnie Taylor, Chief Distribution Officer

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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.

Sarah Barry, Chief Transformation Officer

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In her role as Chief Transformation Officer, Sarah is responsible for the many Change programmes and projects taking place across Aegon UK.

Having joined the business as Programme Director in June 2020, before later becoming Transformation Director in October 2021, Sarah has led on a number of key projects – including the RTS Bottom Up Planning initiatives and the Aegon Digital Experience (ADX) programme, our largest and most strategic transformation project to date.

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 roles.

Dougie Kennedy, Chief Technology Officer

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Appointed to the role of Chief Technology Officer for Aegon UK in May 2024, Dougie first joined the Aegon Group in 2007 and has since held numerous positions across a variety of business units and countries – including as Chief Technology Officer of Aegon Life in India.

Building upon his work as Chief Architect of Aegon UK since September 2022, Dougie is responsible for driving the delivery of our technology strategy, as we strive towards our ambition of being the UK’s leading digital platform.

Tim Orton, Chief Executive Officer at Origen Financial Services

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Tim became Chief Executive Officer at Origen Financial Services in January 2024. Prior to that, he held various roles at Aegon UK – including Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director (Investment Solutions), where he had executive accountability for a GBP 200 billion Investment Estate and was responsible for investment strategy development and the UK Fund Management arm.

Before joining Aegon, Tim worked at Aviva where he held multiple positions, such as MD Savings, CEO Aviva Platform and CEO Aviva Investors UK Retail. In these roles, he had ownership and leadership responsibilities for various retail savings businesses, platform development and growth, and management of individual and corporate pensions and investment products.