When you set out to revolutionise an industry, the team charged to do it must be the right mix of qualified, ambitious, brave and tenacious professionals.  Our international leadership team represents a wealth of knowledge and experience, and together, they are responsible for our remarkable global growth and the reinvigorated style of business we have pioneered along the way. 


David Howell
Chief Executive Officer

David manages our global reinsurance and retrocession business.  He has over 25 years’ experience in life reinsurance, having held a variety of senior roles with Swiss Re and Mercantile & General Reinsurance.  Under David’s leadership, we have grown from a niche reinsurer to a significant player in the global reinsurance market with material and increasing market shares in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.  

“Our success so far is just the beginning.  Insurance has always been viewed as an oil tanker of an industry but our company’s commitment to excellence and innovation – highlighted by our investment in UnderwriteMe – will drive a rapid change in the way insurance is written over the coming decade.”


George Scott
General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer

George is responsible for legal, compliance and risk management activities across the company and he and his team manage the relationships with our primary insurance regulators including the PRA, OSFI and APRA.  As Chief Risk Officer he oversees the governance and validation of our economic capital models, including the partial internal model used to calculate regulatory capital requirements for much of the business. 

“We have grown to be a significant player in the markets we operate in.  I'm inspired by the enthusiasm and ability of our staff to develop local expertise that equals or surpasses that of the more established players in the market.”


Jerry Staffurth
Chief Actuary

Jerry is responsible for actuarial reporting across the global business, including quarterly reporting on multiple bases: US GAAP, Solvency II and Economic Capital.  He is also responsible for the actuarial modelling team which develops and maintains the actuarial models used across most of the Division.  Jerry is a member of the PLRL Board, DRMC, Assumptions and Investment Committees.

“I’m inspired by the collaborative way our people here work, both internally and externally.  It is why we have the global standing we have today.” 

Warren Copp

Warren Copp
Chief Underwriter

Warren was part of our founding Executive team and has been directly involved in building our client-facing proposition as the business has evolved.  His current role incorporates global responsibility for underwriting and claims standards, as well as for challenging traditional practices in these disciplines through the use of technology.  He is also Non-Executive Chair of UnderwriteMe – a business which is making life insurance easier to buy through state-of-the-art digital capability. 

“I am proud to represent a business that challenges convention and makes a practical difference to our clients and their customers in areas that really matter.  I think that you either dwell on problems or strive to make things better – we work hard to do the latter.” 


Duncan Hayward
Chief Financial Officer

Duncan has been the Chief Financial Officer for ten years, and during this time he has guided the company through a major growth phase, including adapting to a new regulatory regime in Europe.  He has been responsible for establishing the administrative and support functions in the areas of Finance, IT and Operations, including the transformation of systems, processes and controls, to the global solutions we use today. 

“With a changing life reinsurance market, regulatory change and our own global growth, we have had to continually evolve our structure, infrastructure and processes to match the demands on our support functions.  Through some innovative and adaptive thinking and a focus on solution delivery, we have built a scaleable platform for further growth in our business.”


Paul Lewis
Chief Pricing Officer

As Chief Pricing Officer, Paul oversees pricing standards across all of our operations, as well as having oversight of the Research and Development function.  He has established industry leading pricing practices along with the delivery of reinsurance terms for Term Assurance, Mortality, Critical Illness, Income Protection and Longevity solutions.  He has played a significant role in us becoming - and remaining - a leading reinsurer in the UK Longevity risk market and one of the significant players in the UK Protection reinsurance market.

“Being in a positon to contribute to the direction of different insurance markets, driving the developments in analytics and supporting the innovation of the next generation of insurance products is a very rewarding part of the role.”


David Smith
Head of IT | Division Centre

David is responsible for Pacific Life Re's global IT services, security and strategy.  He joined the company in 2009, having worked across the Financial Services and Media industries for over 25 years.  David has a wide range of experience in managing Finance teams, the creation of IT support services, infrastructure outsourcing, and systems project management.

“Technical innovation and security is at the heart of everything we do, both for our clients and our internal stakeholders.”


Earshad Rahim
Head of Business Architecture & Change | Division Centre

Earshad has been with the company for over 11 years, having previously trained with PWC and KPMG Australia.  During his time at Pacific Life Re, he has led a number of corporate initiatives aiding the company's global expansion, and developed the finance team and systems to meet its regulatory and reporting requirements.  Currently, Earshad is the Head of Business Architecture and Change, which involves helping the company to deliver on key projects and corporate initiatives.

"I believe that Pacific Life Re's collaborative philosophy helps it relate to its customers, empower its employees and meet its corporate goals."


Court Post
Head of Financial Planning & Analysis | Division Centre

Court coordinates our long-term strategic planning process and assesses progress against our goals.  His reinsurance career began in Bermuda, where he worked for more than a decade before joining our Toronto office in 2011.  In 2016, Court moved to the UK and took on a Divisional role in our London office, which has enabled him to expand his understanding of the Company’s overall strategy and the challenges of working within numerous geographical locations and regulatory environments. 

“The reinsurance sector is constantly evolving and never stands still, this makes each day exciting and full of opportunities to make a difference.”


Ian Collins
Head of Risk | Division Centre

Ian joined Pacific Life Re as Senior Product Development Actuary and in 2016 was promoted to Head of Risk across the Division.  He is responsible for the delivery of our Division Economic Capital, annual ORSA processes and annual validation activities for  the company's Partial Internal Model.  A key part of Ian's role is to ensure we are planning for the long term, and in relation to potential changes in the external environment.  In addition to his role, he is Secretary of the Pacific Life Re Limited Credit Risk Monitoring sub-committee and Chair of the Model Governance committee.  

"Pacific Life Re has talented staff, with cutting edge expertise in a number of key areas."


Gavin Prunty
Head of Actuarial Modelling | Division Centre

Gavin joined the company in 2006 as a Pricing Development Actuary and since then has been promoted to Head of Actuarial Modelling.  He is responsible for building and maintaining the suite of actuarial models used within the Pricing and Corporate Actuarial functions across all of the business units, except Retro.

“Modelling tools are at the core of our Actuarial functions around the Division and development of the right tools requires a solid understanding of the needs of our actuaries, as well as the ability to construct an innovative and flexible solution.”


Rhys Faulkner
Head of Actuarial Reporting | Division Centre

Rhys joined the company in 2005 and has since performed a number of roles within both Pricing and Actuarial Reporting.  He has extensive experience in Solvency II, and has played a leading role in Pacific Life Re's Solvency II implementation project, including the successful Partial Internal Model application.  His main responsibilities include the actuarial aspects of Pacific Life Re’s regular reporting and business planning processes.

"I really enjoy the dynamic and varied working environment that Pacific Life Re offers; the next challenge and opportunity to learn new things is always around the corner."


Matthew Smith
Head of Divisional Research & Development  | Division Centre

Matthew started working for Pacific Life Re in 2007 in the London office, and in 2017, he moved to Toronto.  He manages the R&D team across the Division and is responsible for best estimate assumption setting and capital model development across all lines of business.  During his time at Pacific Life Re, he has supported the development of our Longevity reinsurance offering and is a regular speaker and contributor at actuarial conferences and events.

"Looking to the future of the reinsurance market, I'd like to see a data-driven, collaborative approach, where insurers and reinsurers work in partnership to support innovation in underwriting, products and distribution."


Paul Reddick
Principal Underwriter | Division Centre

Paul joined the company in September 2004 and has over 30 years’ experience in the industry.  He oversees the Risk Governance programme for the Underwriting and Claims teams across all five of our business units; he also manages the Pacific Life Re Retrocession programme and the content for our underwriting manual, Ocean.   Paul is a strong believer in investing in our more junior staff to facilitate their progression and a key part of his role is supporting the development of all of the Underwriting and Claims teams.

“Without good people we are nothing.”


Wesley Reynolds
Head of Divisional Finance  | Division Centre

Wesley first joined the company in 2015, before transferring to the Division Centre in 2017.  He is a qualified accountant and actuary, with over 20 years' experience in the insurance industry.  Throughout his career he has held a variety of leadership, financial management and consulting roles, which have given him an excellent understanding of all aspects of the industry.

"No one and nothing is perfect.  Everything can be improved."


Mark Garland
Head of Internal Audit | Division Centre

Mark leads Pacific Life Re's global internal audit team. He joined the business in October 2017, having previously worked at PwC, where he gained a vast amount of experience in leading Internal Audit, Risk Assurance and Consulting engagements across a wide range of clients, from FinTech start-ups to large established insurers.

“I was drawn to Pacific Life Re because of the long term outlook enabled by our mutual ownership, an innovative and entrepreneurial culture, and a significant focus on maintaining the quality of the people across the business.”


Faye Roberts
Global Head of HR  | Division Centre

Faye is the Global Head of HR for Pacific Life Re.  Having gained experience in a variety of HR roles in financial and professional services, Faye works to ensure we attract, develop and retain the best talent.  She originates and leads Human Resources activities to provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture.

"People are the single biggest competitive advantage a company has and as a result I am very enthusiastic about creating a strong, engaged workforce that can realise their potential."