He will take up his post in December when the outgoing Ian Brimecome retires

AXA UK has appointed Scott Wheway as its new chairman.

He succeeds Ian Brimecome, who is retiring from the post after five years, and over 10 years as a non-executive director.

Wheway has more than a decade of experience in financial services: he was formerly a member of the board of Aviva until December 2016, then he served as chairman of Aviva Insurance until September 2017.

He is currently senior independent director of Santander UK, where he is chairman of the responsible banking committee. He also sits as a non-executive director of FTSE 100 energy services company, Centrica, and is chairman of the remuneration committee.

Speaking of his new role, Wheway said: “I am looking forward to taking up my new role with AXA and continuing the excellent work done by my predecessor. I am joining AXA at an exciting time and am keen to get started working with the Board to help the company achieve its strategic goals.”

Amanda Blanc, group chief executive of AXA UK and Ireland said of the outgoing Brimecome: “I’d like to thank Ian for his support as chairman over the last 5 years and for spending more than a decade as a hard-working non-executive director. Everyone at AXA wishes him the best for the future.”

Wheway will take up the post on 12 December 2017.