Our Chairman

Sir Peter Wood is a renowned personal lines insurance entrepreneur. He founded the esure Group in February 2000 and has served as the esure Group’s chairman since that date. He served as the esure Group’s Chief Executive Officer from April 2006 until February 2012.

Previously, Peter founded the Direct Line general insurance business in 1985. He built Direct Line up to become the UK’s largest ever private motor insurer and direct home insurer and one of the UK’s leading direct financial services brands. Peter retired as chairman of Direct Line in June 1997.

During the 1990s, Peter also served as a director of Bankinter SA in Spain, and founded three other insurance companies around the world including Línea Directa Aseguradora, a company serving the Spanish direct insurance market. He also founded Privilege Insurance with Royal Bank of Scotland.

Between 1996 and 2000, Peter was a non-executive director of Centrica plc. In 1998, he was appointed as a non-executive director to the board of the Economist Group, where he served until March 2004.

He oversaw esure Group’s acquisition of 50 per cent of Gocompare.com in 2007 and its agreement to acquire the remaining 50 per cent of Gocompare.com in December 2014.

In 1996, Peter was awarded a CBE for services to the UK financial services industry and, in June 2016, was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list for his services to UK industry and philanthropy.

Sir Peter chairs the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Disclosure Committee.

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