About Lord Leitch
Lord Leitch was appointed Bupa’s Chairman in November 2006, having joined the company’s Board in May the previous year. He is also currently Group Chairman of FNZ Group.
With a deep and broad knowledge of insurance and financial services gained over 50 years as a senior executive in a number of major international businesses, Lord Leitch is also a Life Peer and has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2004.
Growing up in Dunfermiline, Scotland, Lord Leitch began his career in London as a computer programmer, creating the first ever life assurance search engine programme in 1967. He remained in the insurance industry throughout his career, becoming Chief Executive of Allied Dunbar before it merged with Zurich Financial Services in 1998.
Lord Leitch brings with him an unrivalled breadth of experience as a leader in business with wide-ranging interests across societal issues. Among other roles, he has held positions including: Chairman of Intrinsic Financial Services; Chairman and Chief Executive of Zurich Financial Services UK, Ireland, South Africa and Asia Pacific; Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc; Chairman of Scottish Widows plc; Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Education Fund; and Chairman of the Association of British Insurers. He has also served on a number of plc Boards and in various Non-Executive Director roles.
In 2006, he undertook the Leitch Review of Skills and Productivity, advising the UK government on how to define the UK’s optimum skills mix in order to maximise economic growth and productivity. The recommendations became public policy.
A firm campaigner and champion for workplace diversity and passionate supporter of organisations that aim to make a positive difference across a wide range of areas. Lord Leitch has received the Prince of Wales Ambassador award for charity work. In 2017 he created the What Is More? Foundation, encouraging spiritual and multi-faith debate, while he remains a patron of the Stroke Association and the Medical Aid Films Charity, where he was formlerly founding Chairman.