Meet our people

Our staff are incredibly important to us. We invest in them to ensure that they are able to give you the correct information you need and the best possible service. Last year we invested over 1,000 hours in staff training.

The Management Comittee brings a broad spread of experience and professional qualifications to Suffolk Life. They are open and accessible to our customers, and you can find more about them below.

Will Self

Will Self - Deputy Chief Executive Officer
CF1, CF3

Will joined Suffolk Life in 2003 having completed his first degree in Oceanography at Southampton University. Over the next few years he worked within a number of areas of Suffolk Life including Corporate Development where he was instrumental in launching several propositions with multi-national insurers. Will completed his MBA from Cranfield University in 2010 and was made a director of Suffolk Life in the same year initially as Operations Director and subsequently as Product and Operations in 2012.

Will became Managing Director in 2013 and during 2015 was also CCO of Cofunds, a sister company within L&G. He led the strategic review during 2015 which lead to the sale to Curtis Banks in January 2016.

Will is also a Trustee of East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH) and lives in Suffolk with his wife and two young daughters.

 

Jane Ridgley - Chief Services Officer & Group HR Director
CF1

Jane has many years' experience of working for a large pension provider, working closely with advisers to deliver their clients' needs in a sales and operational capacity. 15 years'  experience working directly with IFAs led her to take a role as Investment Development Director in 2009. She then progressed to Product Director, responsible for the design and development of workplace savings, investment and product proposition.

Jane joined Suffolk Life as Operations Director in September 2013. Her role expanded to cover Human Resources in March 2016 before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Curtis Banks Group in April 2018.

Renata Chester

 

Renata Chester - Finance Director
CF1, CF10a
Previously Renata was IT and Change Director and was instrumental in redesigning our IT platform, which is at the heart of all of our business processing.

She has a joint honours degree in Accountancy and Statistics, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995. Renata has experience as a board member of the Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes (AMPS) and speaks regularly at conferences on SIPP technical matters.

Nigel Rodgers - Chief Information Officer
CF1
Nigel has over 13 years' experience in financial services, holding a number of previous directorships involving; Business Change, Business Performance, High Net Worth Strategy and Product Operations. He has an honours degree in Business Administration.

Nigel formally transitioned to Suffolk Life from Legal & General in 2016 in his current role of Change, IT & Property Director. 

Greg Kingston - Group Communications Director
CF1
Greg joined Suffolk Life in 2007, following earlier roles with Aviva and LV=, stepping up to the Management Committee in 2013 as Head of Marketing & Proposition. His experience as a financial adviser gives him insight into the demands of both advisers and their clients, and how best to support them.

Greg is vocal in financial trade and social media, sharing his thoughts and insight into the SIPP market.   





James Keely - Head of Risk and Compliance
James joined Suffolk Life in 2004 following a career as a golf professional. He has undertaken a variety of roles, including providing technical and administrative support for advisers and more recently taking responsibility for the management of our products, including product governance and regulatory compliance.

James now oversees the management of Risk and Compliance across the business and joined the Management Committee in 2016.