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Aviva plc is the world’s sixth-largest insurance group and the largest insurance services provider in the UK.[1] It has 54,758 employees worldwide and on Fortune Global 500, they ranked 35 in 2005, 28 in 2006, 50 in 2007, 69 in 2008 and 221 in 2009.[2]


It is UK's third-largest private medical insurer, having grown from 30 employees in 1990 to 1800 staff in 2010.

Health lobbying

Political relationships

  • Lord Colin Sharman, Chairman. Lord Sharman of Redlynch, a Lib Dem peer and former spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010) has been Chairman of Aviva since January 2006 and a board member since January 2005.[8]
  • Sam White, Group Public Policy Director from November 2010 (announced 9 September 2010). White was a former special adviser to Alistair Darling, then at the Treasury, and also held special adviser roles at the Departments of Trade and Industry and Transport.[9]White has responsibility for global public policy, ‘regulatory agenda and strategy’ across its core markets of the UK and Europe, as well as North America and Asia.[10]
  • Tracey Crouch, former head of public affairs at Aviva. Crouch was elected as a Conservative MP in the 2010 general election. In May Crouch lobbied the government not to scrap the Insurance Industry Working Group, which her former boss, Andrew Moss co-chairs[11]
  • Sarah Cox, ex-Business Development Manager at Aviva CGNU Group from 2000 to 2001. She has been a director at the Cabinet Office since 2007.[12]



St Helen's
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Website: www.aviva.com



  1. Aviva website, group at a glance, accessed Nov 2010
  2. CNN, Fortune Global 500, accessed 07 April 2010.
  3. APPC register of interests to August 2010
  4. Register Entry for 1 March 2008 to 31 May 2008 APPC, accessed 28 January 2015
  5. Register 1st September 2014 - 30th November 2014 APPC, accessed 28 January 2015
  6. Register for 1st December 2013 - 28th February 2014 APPC, accessed 29 January 2015
  7. Jonathan Swift, Darling: insurance industry facing increasingly "challenging" global market, Post, 27 Jul 2009
  8. Aviva, Lord Sharman of Redlynch OBE, accessed 07 April 2010.
  9. Aviva, Aviva appoints global public policy director, press release, 9 September 2010, (accessed 15 September 2010).
  10. Public Affairs News, October 2010
  11. Amy Ellis, Ex-Aviva public affairs head urges Tory colleagues not to scrap IIWG, Post, 20 May 2010
  12. 'Cox, Sarah Elizabeth,' Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008; online edition, Oxford University Press, Cox, Sarah Elizabeth, December 2008, accessed 24 March 2009.
  13. Bank of England, Annual Report 2007, accessed 07 April 2010.
  14. 'Francis, Mary Elizabeth,' Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008; online edition, Oxford University Press, Francis, Mary Elizabeth, December 2008, accessed 24 March 2009.
  15. Controlled Foreign Companies (CFCs) working groups and committees: Working group on CFC interim improvements (established July 2010), acc 5 October 2011