Quilter board names PwC and Aviva alum Glyn Barker as chair

With ex-TSB and Lloyds chief risk offer Neeta Atkar set to head its risk committee

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Quilter has confirmed the appointments of Glyn Barker as board chair and Neeta Atkar (pictured) as chair of its risk committee.

Barker will join the firm as a non-executive director and member of its remuneration, corporate governance and nominations committees on 1 June. He will step up to the top role on 7 September.

He was previously vice chairman, UK and chief executive markets: Europe, Middle East, Africa and India at PwC. According to his LinkedIn profile, Barker also spent six years at Aviva as a director and audit committee chair, later becoming a senior independent director at the firm.

Barker will step down as chair and from his non-executive director role at Berkely Group at or ahead of the firm’s AGM on 6 September.

Interim chair Ruth Markland said: “After a very thorough and comprehensive search, I am delighted that Glyn Barker has agreed to become the chair of Quilter. Glyn is an experienced chair who has demonstrated both in his executive career and his non-executive career an ability to lead large businesses and has a good understanding of the wealth management industry.

“My board colleagues and I are looking forward to working with Glyn to continue Quilter’s development and delivering our growth plans.”

Quilter CEO Paul Feeney added: “I am very pleased that Quilter has been able to attract a chair of the calibre of Glyn Barker. Having repositioned the business as a focused UK wealth manager, my management team and I welcome the appointment of Glyn Barker who will help us to fully leverage the fantastic capabilities of our business for the benefit of all our stakeholders.”

10 years at the Bank of England

When Aktar joins the board on 11 August, she will take seat on the audit, risk, and technology and operations committees.

Once she has completed her induction, Atkar will become chair of the board risk committee on 1 October. The role will continue to be filled by George Reid until then.

Quilter said she “has a deep understanding of risk and regulation having spent her executive career working at the Bank of England and Financial Services Authority” before joining the private sector.

During her career, Atkar has worked at Andersen Consulting, Abbey National Royal & Sun Alliance, Lloyds Banking Group and, latterly, TSB Bank – which she left in 2016 having served as chief risk officer for four years.

Since then, she has held a number of non-executive positions; including British Business Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and Nomura Europe.

Markland said: “Neeta Atkar has deep experience as both a chief risk officer and as a risk committee chair in the financial services sector. This will enable her to make a significant contribution to the work of the Quilter Board as we strive to continue to ensure that Quilter delivers on its clear strategy within a robust risk management framework.”

Atkar added: “I am pleased to be joining the Quilter Board and am looking forward to using my experience and expertise to contribute to the delivery of Quilter’s strategy, and the continued enhancement of Quilter’s risk management arrangements that have served it well since its Listing in 2018.”

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