Val Gooding

Val Gooding

In 1996 Val Gooding became Managing Director of British United Provident Association (Bupa) and was appointed to the position of CEO in 1998, a role she held for ten years before stepping down in 2008.

Prior to joining Bupa, Val Gooding spent 23 years working with British Airways plc, where she held a number of positions, including Head of Cabin Services, Head of Marketing, Director of Business Units and Director, Asia Pacific.

Val Gooding was Chairman of Premier Farnell plc 2011 – 2016.

Board Mandates

Val Gooding is a Non-Executive Director of TUI AG and Vodafone Group plc. She is also a Trustee of The English National Ballet, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association Trust.

Ms Gooding has been a Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank plc, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Home Office, the BBC, J. Sainsbury plc, Compass Group plc, BAA plc, CWC Communications plc and a member of the Council of Warwick University, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Warwick Business School, and a board member of both the Confederation of British Industry and Association of British Insurers.

Ms Gooding was also President of the International Federation of Health Plans, a Trustee and Deputy Chairman at the British Museum, and Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces.


Ms Gooding was awarded a CBE in 2002 for services to business.

In 2005 ‘Fortune’ magazine listed her as one of the most powerful business women outside the U.S. In 2006 Ms Gooding was given a PwC Lifetime Achievement Award by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Ms Gooding has honorary doctorates from Warwick, Cranfield, Bournemouth and Middlesex Universities.

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