Meet our Risk committee
Assisting the Board in its oversight of risk within the Group.
The main purpose of the Committee is to assist the Board in its oversight of risk within the Group, with a focus on reviewing the Group’s risk appetite and risk profile in relation to solvency, liquidity, climate, operational, conduct and reputational risks and reviewing the effectiveness of the Group’s risk management framework (RMF).
The Committee reviews the methodology and internal model used in determining the Group’s capital requirements and associated stress testing and the due diligence appraisals carried out on strategic or significant transactions.
In addition to the risks inherent in the Group’s investment portfolio, the Committee reviews the Group’s operational risks, including significant changes to the regulatory framework.
The Committee works with the Remuneration Committee so that risk management and risk culture are properly considered in setting the Remuneration Policy and determining remuneration outcomes.
The Committee also works closely throughout the year with the Audit Committee on risk and control matters.
The committee comprises independent non-executive directors.
Andrea Blance (appointed 21 February 2022) (Chair)1
Patrick Flynn (appointed 16 July 2019)
Jim McConville (appointed 01 December 2020)
Mohit Joshi (appointed 01 December 2020)
Martin Strobel (appointed 01 November 2021)
Shonaid Jemmett-Page (appointed 14 February 2022)
1 Acting Chair, subject to regulatory approval, from 10 May 2022, before being subsequently approved in that role
The following officers normally attend, by invitation, all meetings of the committee:
- Group Chair
- Group CEO
- Group Chief Risk Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Audit Officer.
Other members of senior management are also invited to attend as appropriate, to present reports.
Role and responsibilities
The Committee assists the Board in its oversight of risk by undertaking the following:
- Assessing the effectiveness of the Group’s risk management framework;
- Assessing the effectiveness of the Group’s risk strategy;
- Assessing the effectiveness of the Group’s risk appetite and profile;
- Reviewing risk intelligent culture;
- Assessing effectiveness of the methodology used in determining the Group’s capital requirements and stress testing these requirements;
- Assessing the adequacy of the Group’s system of non financial reporting controls;
- Ensuring due diligence appraisals are carried out on strategic or significant transactions; and
- Assessing compliance with regulatory requirements.
With the Group Audit Committee:
- consider the Group’s Risk and Control matters.
With the Board Remuneration Committee:
- ensure that risk management is properly considered in setting remuneration policy;
- in respect of the award of and vesting of any long-term incentives and deferred
- awards, the application of any performance or other adjustments, and clawback and/or malus (including cash awards); and
- promote a risk awareness culture for the Group.
A summary of the committee’s activities during 2022 is shown below, full details can be found in the committee’s report in the 2022 Annual Report and Accounts (PDF 72KB).
- Monitored Risk appetite, risk management and reporting, including approving the Group’s Solvency II capital risk tolerances by risk type
- Monitored Group capital and liquidity, particularly in light of macroeconomic conditions, and related risks to the financial plan
- Approved the scenarios for Group-wide stress testing to support the financial plan and the Group Recovery Plan
- Reviewed the subsidiary Consumer Duty implementation plans
- Discussed operational risks to the financial plan, including people, cyber, operational resilience and transformation based risks
- Considered the impact of economic stress and related cost of living crisis on employees and customers
- Monitored external risk factors, reviewing the most significant emerging risk scenarios affecting the delivery of the Company’s strategy.