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Aviva appoints James Hillman as Chief Risk Officer*

James Hillman
James Hillman

Aviva plc has appointed James Hillman as Chief Risk Officer*. He will join the company later this year. James is currently Chief Financial Officer of Scottish Widows, and Finance Director of Lloyds Banking Group’s Insurance, Pensions and Investments Division.

James has enjoyed a highly successful career in financial services, with over 20 years’ experience working in regulated roles. Prior to his current role, James was Chief Actuary at Scottish Widows’ Life and General Insurance business from 2015-2019. Before that he was at Ernst & Young LLP (EY) from 1999-2015, becoming a partner in the European Insurance Risk and Actuarial practice in 2005.

Amanda Blanc, Group Chief Executive Officer, said:

“James is a fantastic addition to Aviva. He is a highly experienced leader with a strong track-record in financial services and regulated businesses.  As CRO, James will play a crucial role as we continue to grow, manage risk effectively and deliver for our customers.”

James Hillman said:

“Aviva is a brilliant business with clear momentum. The opportunity to lead the Risk Function at this exciting time for the company was one I couldn’t turn down. I look forward to working with Amanda and the wider team.”

*James’ appointment is subject to approval by the PRA and FCA.



  • We are one of the UK’s leading Insurance, Wealth & Retirement businesses and we operate in the UK, Ireland and Canada. We also have international investments in India, China and Singapore.
  • We help our 18.7 million customers make the most out of life, plan for the future, and have the confidence that if things go wrong we’ll be there to put it right.
  • We have been taking care of people for more than 325 years, in line with our purpose of being ‘with you today, for a better tomorrow’. In 2022, we paid £23.2 billion in claims and benefits to our customers.
  • Aviva is a market leader in sustainability. In 2021, we announced our plan to become Net Zero by 2040, the first major insurance company in the world to do so. This plan means Net Zero carbon emissions from our investments by 2040; setting out a clear pathway to get there with a cut of 25% in the carbon intensity of our investments by 2025 and of 60% by 2030; and Net Zero carbon emissions from our own operations and supply chain by 2030.  Find out more about our climate goals at and our sustainability ambition and action at
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  • Aviva is a Living Wage and Living Hours employer and provides market-leading benefits for our people, including flexible working, paid carers leave and equal parental leave. Find out more at
  • As at 31 December 2022, total Group assets under management at Aviva Group were £352 billion and our estimated Solvency II shareholder capital surplus as at 31 March 2023 was £7.7 billion. Our shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and we are a member of the FTSE 100 index.
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