James Reader / chief executive officer, Covéa Insurance

James was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2012 and is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the business.

Prior to the formation of Covéa Insurance, James was Managing Director of Provident Insurance. Having joined Provident in October 2003 as Head of Finance, James was appointed Finance Director in January 2007, before being appointed Managing Director in October 2008 and leading the company through its acquisition by Covéa in 2011.

James has a degree in Engineering from Lancaster University and is a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining Provident Insurance, he was with Ernst & Young for 11 years.