Val Gooding is Chairman of Premier Farnell plc. She is also non-executive director of Vodafone plc and TUI Travel plc. Val is also a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces.

In 1996, Val 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 spent 23 years working with British Airways Plc, latterly as Director of Business Units and Director for Asia Pacific.

Val has been a non-executive director of the Lawn Tennis Association, Standard Chartered Bank plc, the BBC, J. Sainsbury plc, Compass Group plc, BAA plc and CWC Communications plc. She was also Deputy Chair and Trustee of the British Museum. Val was awarded a CBE in 2002 for services to business.