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Lister takes up UK chief risk officer role at Aviva

He will succeed Craig Thornton, who became UK commercial director on 1 November.

Mr Lister will take up his new role, which is subject to FSA approval, in March 2012. He will lead the risk management and governance agenda of the UK business and will report to new UK CEO Trevor Matthews with an independent functional reporting line to Aviva plc chief risk officer Robin Spencer.

Mr Lister joined the company as a newly qualified actuary and has worked for Aviva for 25 years. He has been chief financial officer of the UK Life business since 2009. In 2003 he was appointed with-profits actuary for all Norwich Union life companies until he became chief actuary in 2005.

Mr Lister has undertaken a number of actuarial roles including product design, reinsurance and with-profits. He was responsible for the reattribution of the inherited estate in 2009, and is part of the global finance executive team delivering greater transparency in financial reporting. Mr Lister is also involved in the local community and is a member of York Cares and the York Fairness Commission.


Robin Spencer, group chief risk officer of Aviva said: "John's detailed knowledge is an invaluable asset and we are delighted he will continue to play an important role in the future success of our business as UK chief risk officer. John's passion, leadership and broad commercial skills are perfectly suited to supporting the delivery of our risk agenda."