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The Board has appointed him as an expert in life insurance, general insurance, health insurance, stock broking, and asset management, as well as retail online banking. During the year under review Mr Birrell was appointed as the Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee and served as a member of the Audit, Actuarial and Finance Committee and the Independent Non-Executive Directors Committee. His non-executive roles include Non-executive Chair of Assupol Life Limited and Assupol Holdings Limited (South Africa) from 1 July 2016 to 31 March 2019.

Mr Birrell is a member of the Institute of Directors (UK, 2015).


Mr Birrell originally joined the Assupol Board on 1 May 2013 and served as a member of various Board committees, including the Audit, Actuarial, Remuneration and Risk and Compliance Committees. He also serves as a non-executive director of the JSA Group and YASA Limited (both UK-based companies); a Director of SC Lowy Partners, the holding company of a Hong Kong domiciled specialist investment bank; an independent non-executive director of Sun Life of Canada UK (where he is Chair of the Risk committee and the With Profits committee); an independent non-executive director of Esure Group PLC and subsidiaries (where he was chair of the Audit Committee); a non-executive director of Sanlam Developing Markets and committees; executive director of Friedshelf (1491) (Pty) Ltd, and investment holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and JSE Securities Exchange since listing in August 2016 as well as an executive director of ARGO Fund Managers (Mauritius).

Mr Birrell has served on boards and board committees of regulated companies involved in life insurance, health insurance, general insurance, stock broking, investment management and banking in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, Scandinavia and Canada.

Mr Birrell is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (1994) and the Actuarial Society of South Africa (1994).


Mr Birrell holds a Bachelor of Business Science Degree (Actuarial Hons, 1990) from the University of Cape Town and he is also a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA Global Association, 2009) and a member of the Institute of Directors (UK) since 2015.