Kirstine Cooper

Kirstine Cooper

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Born August 1964

Kirstine joined Aviva in 1991 and is the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Aviva plc and heads the Office of the Chair. She was appointed to the Group Executive Committee in May 2012.

Kirstine established the legal and company secretarial function as a global team and is responsible for the provision of legal services to the Group, legal risk management, and compliance with UK listing requirements.  She also supports the Chair and the Board in the discharge of their responsibilities. 

Kirstine is a lawyer and held a number of legal roles within Aviva's legacy companies before leading the property division of General Accident and the group legal function of CGU for eight years.

She was formerly deputy group company secretary and legal counsel of Aviva plc and she currently sits as a director on the board of Aviva Insurance Limited.

Professional qualifications and memberships

Kirstine holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Glasgow and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, as well as in Scotland. She is also a graduate of the general manager programme at INSEAD.

Kirstine is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Opera House and a non-executive Board Member of HM Land Registry. She served as a member of the Dormant Assets Commission and has been appointed by the government as the Insurance and Pensions Champion for an expanded dormant assets scheme.

Read Kirstine’s article The expansion of dormant assets: a force for good in a time of crisis published on 14 July 2020. 

You can download a photograph of Kirstine from Flickr.