Val Gooding

Valerie Gooding CBE

Senior Independent Director and Workforce Engagement Lead

Board director since 1 February 2014

Valerie held the position of Chief Executive of British United Provident Association (‘Bupa’) for 10 years between 1998 and 2008, following a successful tenure as Managing Director. Prior to joining Bupa, Valerie 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. Valerie has also held a variety of non-executive positions in the past, including as non-executive chairman of Premier Farnell plc and Aviva UK, lead non-executive director at the Home Office and a non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bankp lc, the BBC, J. Sainsbury plc, Compass Group plc, BAA plc and CWC Communications plc. Valerie was awarded a CBE in 2002 for services to business.

Valerie has an Honours degree in French Studies from the University of Warwick and has honorary doctorates from Warwick, Cranfield, Bournemouth and Middlesex Universities.

Board Committees 

ESG Committee
Nominations and Governance Committee
Remuneration Committee

Board conversations with Val Gooding