Skills, competencies and experience:
Sir Roger De Haan is the son of Saga’s founder Sidney De Haan. He joined the business in 1966, aged 17, as its 11th employee and worked there for 38 years. He became Managing Director in 1976 and Chairman and Chief Executive from 1984 until he sold the company in 2004. Sir Roger returned to the business as Non-Executive Chairman in 2020.
Since selling Saga in 2004, Roger De Haan has focused his energies on philanthropic activities and the development of Folkestone’s Harbour and its seafront. His main charitable interests are in education, regeneration, the arts, heritage, community, sport and healthcare. In 2014, Sir Roger was knighted for his services to education and to charity in Kent and overseas.
Euan has significant experience in leading major consumer-facing businesses, through periods of change, both in the UK and internationally. Most recently he was the CEO of Superdry plc, the global digital brand, for five years. In that time Euan led a strategy focused on customer insight, innovation and digital, international and wholesale expansion.
Prior to this Euan was the Group CEO of The Co-op Group, the mutual retailer, insurance and funeral care company, where he led a major transformation programme resulting in a more efficient and profitable business. Earlier on in his career, Euan was Group COO & CEO UK at Kingfisher plc, and he also has a background in global FMCG brands having previously worked at Mars and Coca-Cola.
Euan is a non-executive director of Britvic plc.
James joined us from Zurich Insurance Group, where his most recent role was UK Chief Financial Officer, spanning the UK
Property & Casualty and Life Insurance operations. James is a seasoned insurance executive with over 28 years of senior
leadership experience, primarily within Zurich, Citigroup Global Markets, Lehman Brothers and PricewaterhouseCoopers. James has extensive strategic, investor and operational finance experience within the insurance industry and is a valuable member of the Leadership Team.
James is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Orna joined the Board in May 2014 on listing. She has significant experience in strategy and new concept development and launch, business turnaround, logistics redesign and supply chain management. She was subsequently appointed as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director for Saga in March 2017.
Previously, Orna was Senior Independent Director of Royal Mail plc, HMV plc, Northern Foods plc and Bupa; Non-Executive Director of Bank of Ireland UK Holdings plc and Bristol & West plc; Chair of Founders Intelligence Limited; Deputy Chair of the National Trust; and Trustee of Sir John Soane's Museum.
She is a former Partner at McKinsey & Company, where her client portfolio included many consumer-facing clients. Orna brings a wealth of varied and valued skills to the Board along with considerable experience in other Non-Executive Director roles.
Orna is currently Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Burberry Group plc (appointed January 2018) and Trustee of the Institute of Fiscal Studies (appointed July 2020).
Audit, Nomination, Remuneration and Risk.
Eva brings over 30 years of experience as a brand and marketing professional. She was previously a Non-Executive Director (and a member of the Audit, Nomination, Remuneration and Risk Committees) of Virgin Money plc until its acquisition by CYBG plc. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Marketing, Brands and Culture at Lloyds Banking Group plc, Chief Customer Officer at Regus plc, and Chief People and Brand Officer at EDF Energy. Eva has also held senior positions at Allied Domecq and British Airways, where she was responsible for the Executive Club, with three million members at the time.
Eva is currently Chief of Staff at Lowell (appointed February 2016).
Nomination and Remuneration.
Julie brings a wealth of insurance experience coupled with over 20 years in a variety of roles at Co-Operative Insurance, RSA and Tesco Bank, specialising in general insurance and predominantly in personal lines. Julie is highly customer-focused, with a breadth of functional, membership and affinity experience and a track record of driving growth. Most recently, Julie was Chair of Police Mutual where she also chaired the Remuneration Committee and was a member of the Risk, Nominations and With Profits Committees; a Non-Executive Director of Co-Operative Insurance, where she chaired the Risk Committee and was a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. Prior to this, she was the CEO of The Conservation Volunteers (2012 to 2016), a UK community volunteering charity. Julie is an associate with the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Julie is Chair of Police Mutual (appointed June 2019) where she also chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Risk, Nominations and With Profits Committee. Julie is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at West Bromwich Building Society (appointed April 2016), where she is a member of the Risk and Nominations Committees. Julie is also Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee at MS Amlin Underwriting Limited (appointed December 2021).
Gareth joined the Saga Board in March 2019. He brings a wealth of experience from nearly 20 years with Legal & General in a variety of roles, latterly as a main Board Director and CEO International, where he was responsible for the North American, European, Middle East, Indian and Far East insurance markets. Prior to that he held a variety of roles in finance, retail marketing and HR. Before joining Legal & General, Gareth worked at PwC for 12 years, where he trained as an accountant and later specialised in insurance.
Gareth is currently Audit Chair and Senior Independent Director at Leeds Building Society (appointed November 2015). He is also Trustee, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees at Diabetes UK (January 2015).
Audit, Nomination and Risk.