Val Gooding

Val Gooding

Senior Independent Director

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.

Board Committees 

Nominations and Governance Committee
Remuneration Committee
ESG Committee

Board conversations with Val Gooding