Member of the Board of directors
Nationality: British / South African
Year of birth: 1969
Mr Birrell was appointed to the Board of directors on 1 September 2019, and he qualifies as an independent non-executive director. 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. His non-executive roles include non-executive chairman of Assupol Life Limited and Assupol Holdings Limited (South Africa) from 1 July 2016 to 31 March 2019.
He 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 committees. He also served as a non-executive director of JSA Group and YASA Limited (all UK based companies); alternate director of SC Lowy Partners, the holding company of a Hong Kong domiciled specialist investment bank; non-executive director of Investec Life Limited (South Africa) from April 2017 to August 2019; non-executive director of Sun Life of Canada UK; chair of the risk committee since June 2018; and executive director of Universal Partners Limited, an investment holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and JSE Securities Exchange, since listing in August 2016.
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. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree (Actuarial, 1990) from the University of Cape Town and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (1994), Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (1994), Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA Global Association, 2009), and a Member of the Institute of Directors (UK, 2015).