Val Gooding

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 Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in addition to being a member of the Nominations & Governance Committee. She is a Non-Executive Director of TUI AG, Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association Trust and a Trustee of English National Ballet and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In March 2018, she was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Aviva UK Insurance.

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 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
Remunaration Committee