Our Board


Mike Merrick joined the Utmost Life and Pensions Board in March 2019, and is our Chairman.

Mr Merrick also holds Non-Executive Director roles with Aegon UK, being Chairman of Scottish Equitable within the Aegon Group, Senior Independent Director of Aegon UK, and a member of the Aegon UK Group Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees, as well as Chairman of the Risk Committees of both Scottish Equitable and Aegon UK.


Stephen Shone has a long history in the UK financial services industry.

He was Finance Director of Royal London between 1999 and 2011, and in 2014 joined Aviva Life as Managing Director of UK Existing Business. Mr Shone joined the Utmost group in 2017 and was appointed as the Chief Executive of Utmost Life and Pensions in 2018.


Jeremy Deeks is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years' experience in the financial services sector, specialising in Life Insurance and Asset Management.

Before joining Utmost Life and Pensions Mr Deeks worked for Prudential plc for over 18 years, latterly as CFO of the UK & Europe Insurance business. Prior to this, he held various senior Finance roles including as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for the Prudential group. Mr Deeks trained with Deloitte and went on to become a Senior Manager, specialising in Assurance and Advisory work to the Insurance sector.


Seamus Creedon is an actuary with over 40 years’ experience who joined the Reliance Mutual board in 2008.

Mr Creedon was a partner at KPMG, leading their UK actuarial practice from 2000 to 2003, where he was also global deputy leader. He was Abbey Life’s Chief Executive for 5 years before joining the Bank of Ireland. Mr Creedon was a member of the EIOPA Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group for 5 years and is currently also a non-executive director of Baille Gifford Investment Management (Europe) Limited Life, Renaissance Reinsurance of Europe, and Renaissance Re Syndicate Management Limited.


Nigel Sherry has over 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Mr Sherry held senior positions at Pearl Assurance, NPI, and Prudential UK. He also held positions as both Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive of MGM Assurance. In addition to being a Non-Executive Director, Mr Sherry regularly takes on interim management assignments within the financial services sector.


Tim Madigan is a chartered certified accountant and a certified investment fund director.

Mr Madigan has spent the majority of his executive career in various roles within the Aviva Group. He holds a number of non-executive director positions and is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Utmost Ireland, and joined the Utmost Life and Pensions board in 2018.


Duncan Finch is a chartered accountant with a over 20 years' experience in the financial services sector.

In his last executive role Mr Finch was Managing Director of Legal & General's Insurance division, responsible for a number of life and general insurance related businesses in both the UK and overseas. During his career Mr Finch has held a number of other executive roles with both Lloyds Bank and RSA. Mr Finch now holds a number of independent non-executive director appointments in the financial services industry.


Paul Thompson is a co-founder and Group Chief Executive of the Utmost Group of Companies.

Mr Thompson started his career as an investment banker specialising in financial institutions. In 2002 he joined the Britannic Group as Group Financial Director, and in 2003 was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer. Mr Thompson led the merger of the Britannic Group with Resolution I in 2005, and became Group Chief Executive Officer of the merged group. He was head of Pamplona Financial Services between 2008 and 2013, and in 2013 he co-founded the Utmost Group of Companies.


Ian Maidens is a co-founder and Group Chief Finance Officer of the Utmost Group of Companies.

Mr Maidens is an actuary starting his career in life insurance and actuarial consultancy. He worked for Resolution I from the start in 2003. Following the merger of the Britannic Group with Resolution I in 2005, Mr Maidens became Chief Actuary & Head of Corporate Development and a board member. In 2008 Mr Maidens became founding partner of Resolution II, and led the activity to create the Friends Life Group. In 2013 he co-founded the Utmost Group of Companies.