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.
Hamish was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company and director of the BrightHouse Group companies in October 2016, after joining BrightHouse in July 2006. Before becoming Chief Executive Officer, Hamish was Commercial Managing Director, responsible for trading and marketing. Hamish commenced his corporate career at OC&C strategy consultants providing commercial and strategic advice with a particular focus on retail. He then moved to Cable and Wireless where he progressed through a number of roles to head up the finance function supporting the direct salesforce. Hamish lives in West London with his wife and three children.
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 joined the business in January 2012 as Chief Risk Officer, and is responsible for our risk-management and regulatory compliance. He started his career in risk-management at Marks & Spencer Financial Services and, more recently, held senior risk-management leadership roles at IKANO Financial Services and Shop Direct Group.
Hugh joined BrightHouse in October 2015, bringing with him significant retail experience having worked at a number of Kingfisher Group retail brands, including Comet and Woolworths. Earlier in his career, Hugh had a series of marketing roles at businesses including Kodak and Black & Decker. He was promoted to the Board in October 2016, with responsibility for commercial operations, marketing and buying. In June 2018, he was appointed Trading & Operations Director, with overall responsibility for our retail operations and supply chain. Hugh lives in Berkhamsted with his wife and has three grown-up children.
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 joined the Board in August 2018. Lysa has over 25 years experience of marketing roles in the technology and retail sectors, including private equity and international roles, and is a specialist in multichannel, consumer brands and CRM/loyalty. She has held executive roles at T-Mobile, where she led the marketing workstream for the merger with Orange to form EE, a £2bn+ business, was Chief Commercial Officer at Holland & Barrett prior to its $2.3bn sale to L1, 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.