Bernie Hickman is CEO of Legal & General Insurance (LGI), a division that has over 7 million customers in the UK and US, providing life insurance, critical illness cover and income protection to individuals and company employees. In addition a Fintech business team makes strategic investments in Fintech start-ups and collaborates with internal business areas to deliver growth through technology innovation.
Bernie joined Legal & General in 1998 from Commercial Union (now Aviva). Between 2005 and 2010 he was Managing Director, Retail Protection during which time he launched the UK Protection digital platform, OLP Connect, that provides market leading self-service functionality and high levels of straight through processing; UK retail protection, through organic growth, now has a market share of 24%. He became MD of Individual Retirement in 2014 and the CEO co-founder of Legal & General Home Finance in 2015 when he led the L&G entry into the Lifetime mortgage market, achieving a 25% market share within 18 months of launching. He has also held the positions of Group Financial Controller, Investor Relations Director and Solvency II Managing Director.