Stuart Deane was appointed Chairman in July 2018. A financial services expert, Stuart has significant experience in the consumer credit, retail financial services, general insurance and the life & pensions markets. At the time of his appointment, he was a Non-Executive Director at Experian Ltd and Optimum Credit and had previously held board and executive roles at Sainsbury's Bank, Principality Building Society and the Portman Building Society. Stuart has broad management experience in product, marketing, distribution, operations, risk management and compliance, and is particularly interested in enabling strategic and cultural change.
Graeme joined BrightHouse in December 2011 from Virgin Media. Since then, he has held a series of senior positions including Director of Finance, Chief Information Officer and Director of Marketing. He joined the Board in October 2016 as Strategy & Digital Director to focus upon ensuring that the business innovates for the future. In October 2018, he became Chief Financial Officer, while retaining responsibility for change management, IT and procurement.
Dave was appointed Managing Director, Financial Services in February 2019 to take responsibility for the development and management of financial products designed to meet the specific needs of our customers. He joined the business in January 2012 as Chief Risk Officer, responsible for risk-management and regulatory compliance. Dave started his career in risk-management at Marks & Spencer Financial Services and, more recently, held senior management roles at IKANO Financial Services and Shop Direct Group.
Brian took up the position of chair of the Remuneration Committee in June 2018. He is the CEO of Freedom Finance Ltd, the largest personal loan broker in the UK that delivers solutions to consumers through digital and analogue platforms. Brian’s financial services experience extends back more than three decades, having held a range of senior roles with major financial services businesses, including National Westminster Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Virgin Money and HML (a subsidiary of Skipton Building Society).
Ian joined the Board in July 2018 and chairs the Audit Committee. Ian is CEO of Target Group, which provides technology and outsourced services to financial service and public sector organisations. Ian joined Target in 2014 since when the business has doubled in size and been bought from private equity backers Pollen St Capital by the Indian IT company, Tech Mahindra. Ian has a long history within financial services in senior leadership roles at Lloyds Banking Group and Virgin Money prior to which he was a manager at McKinsey and at Accenture. Ian is a qualified accountant who holds an Insead MBA and graduated as a biochemical engineer from University College Dublin. Ian lives in Bristol with his wife and his dog, and enjoys kitesurfing.
Lysa is Chief Marketing Officer at Hotel Chocolat, and joined the BrightHouse Board in August 2018. She’s previously held executive roles at T-Mobile, where she led the marketing work-stream for the merger with Orange to form EE, was Chief Commercial Officer at Holland & Barrett, and Chief Customer Officer at Joules. Lysa is also a Non-Executive Director of a retail technology start up.
Magnus, from Alteri Investors, joined our Board in February 2018 as Investor Director. Magnus has almost 20 years of experience in the retail and consumer sectors, principally in private equity. Prior to joining Alteri as CIO in March 2015, he was Senior Principal in the Retail and Consumer team at Apax Partners. During his 11 years there, he led or participated in €2.8bn of equity investments including fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger, Nordic garden centre chain Plantasjen, and shoes and bag manufacturer Cole Haan.