Board of directors

Board of Directors

Peter Polson

Peter Polson

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair

Peter has been the independent Chair since 2004 and an independent Non-Executive Director since 2003. Peter is Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Group Risk Committee, Group Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Richard Howes

Richard Howes

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Richard was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Challenger Limited in January 2019 and has previously held a number of senior executive roles at Challenger since joining in 2003, including Chief Executive of Distribution, Product and Marketing, Chief Executive of Life and Chief Investment Officer. 

John M Green

John M. Green

Independent Non-Executive Director

John has been an independent Non-Executive Director since 2017 and is a member of the Group Risk Committee, Group Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Steven Gregg

Steven Gregg

Independent Non-Executive Director

Steven has been an independent Non-Executive Director since 2012 and is Chair of the Group Audit Committee and a member of the Group Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Masahiko Kobayashi

Masahiko Kobayashi

Non-Executive Director

Masahiko became a Non-Executive Director in 2019 and is currently a director and managing executive officer (Corporate Planning, Risk Management and Finance) of Mitsui Sumitomo Primary Life Insurance (MSP), a subsidiary of MS&AD. Masahiko is a member of the Nomination Committee.

Dr Heather Smith

Dr Heather Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director

Heather became an independent Non-Executive Director in 2021 and is a member of the Group Audit Committee, Group Risk Committee and the Nomination Committee.

JoAnne Stephenson

JoAnne Stephenson

Independent Non-Executive Director

JoAnne has been an independent Non-Executive Director since 2012 and is Chair of Group Remuneration Committee and a member of the Group Risk Committee, Group Audit Committee and Nomination Committee.

Duncan West

Duncan West

Independent Non-Executive Director

Duncan became an independent Non-Executive Director in 2018 and is a member of the Group Risk Committee, Group Audit Committee and Nomination Committee.

Melanie Willis

Melanie Willis

Independent Non-Executive Director

Melanie has been an independent Non-Executive Director since 2017 and is Chair of the Group Risk Committee and a member of Group Audit Committee and Nomination Committee.