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Senior Management Team

Mario MazzocchiMario Mazzocchi
Group Chief Executive 
Mario became Wesleyan Group CEO on 1 August 2019, having served as Chief Operating Officer since he joined Wesleyan in December 2018. He moved from Lloyds Banking Group where his most recent role was Chief Operating Officer for their Insurance & Wealth Division.

Previous roles in the Group have included Managing Director of the Financial Planning and Retirement business line at Scottish Widows, Chief Operating Officer for the Commercial Banking Division, Operations Director of Asset Finance and Head of Brand for the Group.

Before working at Lloyds, Mario gained extensive experience in different industries, markets and sectors including marketing, sales and strategy.

Roger Dix MA, FIA, MIRM, Chief Risk OfficerRoger Dix MA, FIA, CMIRM
Chief Risk Officer
Roger joined Wesleyan in 2013 as Chief Risk Officer. He previously held several executive level positions working for Life Insurance and reinsurance entities in the UK and Europe.

Roger is a qualified actuary and an expert on risk, contributing to papers and conferences on the subject. Roger is responsible for Wesleyan’s risk and regulatory activity plus the Company Secretary role. In 2017, he was named one of the most influential people in risk by InsuranceERM magazine.

Gillan CassGillan Cass
Chief Financial Officer
Gillian joined Wesleyan as Chief Financial Officer in October 2020 and has over 20 years of financial services experience.

Most recently, Gillian was CFO of Customer Savings & Investments and Operations at M&G plc (previously Prudential plc). Gillian held a number of senior finance roles at Aviva, including Director of Global Finance Operations, Chief Accounting Officer of Aviva Investors and Chief Accounting Officer of the UK Life business.

Gillian also spent 13 years with PwC in both the UK and Australia, working in audit, transaction services and risk assurance across financial services.

Gillian also has accountability for Wesleyan's Company Secretary, strategy, culture and communications teams.

Mr David Stewart, Chief Operating OfficerDavid Stewart
Chief Operating Officer
David became Wesleyan's Chief Operating Officer on 1 August 2019 having previously served as Technology and Transformation Director since he joined Wesleyan in April 2019.

He moved from Lloyds Banking Group where held a range of roles across the group over a 10-year career, rising to Chief Operating Officer for the Group Operations Division. Prior to Lloyds, he worked in a variety of commercial and general management roles.

As COO, David has Group-wide responsibility for Change & Transformation, IT, Cyber, Data, Customer Operations and Supplier Mamangement.

Mr James Needham MBA, FIA, Chief ActuaryJames Needham, MBA, FIA
Chief Actuary
James has 20 years actuarial experience; he joined Wesleyan in 2010 and became Chief Actuary in 2018. He is responsible for Wesleyan's actuarial and financial reporting activity and oversees the Society's product development and performance, identifying ways to improve customer outcomes. He is a financial reporting expert and has presented at a number of actuarial conferences.

Mr Andrew D'Arcy, B Com, ACII, DiploD, FloD, Chief Executive, Wesleyan BankAndrew D'Arcy, B Com, ACII, DiploD, FloD
Chief Executive, Wesleyan Bank
Andrew D'Arcy joined Wesleyan in July 2008 following seven years with RBS Group where he worked in a variety of senior roles in Insurance and Banking in the UK and Europe.

Prior to that he worked for KPMG Consulting specialising in the delivery of major change programmes. Andrew was Wesleyan's Director of General Insurance before becoming Managing Director of Practice Plan Holdings which also incorporates DPAS, following its acquisition by the Society in October 2013. He became Chief Executive of Wesleyan Bank in 2019.

Mr Richard Harrison, Chief Distribution OfficerRichard Harrison
Chief Distribution Officer
Richard joined Wesleyan in January 2020 from HSBC where he led the UK Branch Network and Premier Non Regulated business, responsible for over 7,000 people and 625 branches.

Richard plays an integral role in strengthening Wesleyan's distribution strategy to deliver greater focus on the specialist needs of each of its professional customer groups.

He is responsible for the Society's team of over 300 face-to-face financial consultants, as well the general insurance business and the Group's sales and marketing activity.

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