Board director since 1 February 2014
Val Gooding was appointed Senior Independent Director in July 2017. She is Chair of the Remuneration Committee in addition to being a member of the Nominations & Governance Committee.
In 1996, Val became Managing Director of British United Provident Association (Bupa), and was appointed to the position of CEO in 1998, a role she held for 10 years before stepping down in 2008.
Prior to joining Bupa, Val spent 23 years working with British Airways Plc, where she held a number of positions, including head of Cabin Services, head of Marketing, director of Business Units and director for Asia Pacific.
Previous non-executive positions held by Val include Non-Executive Chairman of Premier Farnell Plc and a Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank plc, the BBC, J. Sainsbury plc, Compass Group plc, BAA plc and CWC Communications plc. She was also previously a member of the Council of Warwick University, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Warwick Business School and a board member of both the Confederation of British Industry and Association of British Insurers. On 30 April 2014 she resigned her position as lead Non-Executive Director at the Home Office.
She was also President of the International Federation of Health Plans and a Trustee and Deputy Chairman at the British Museum.
Val has an Honours degree in French Studies from the University of Warwick, was awarded a CBE in 2002 for services to business and has honorary doctorates from Warwick, Cranfield, Bournemouth and Middlesex Universities.