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Sir Peter Wood

Chairman
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Sir Peter Wood

Chairman

Appointment to the Board

Sir Peter Wood was appointed Chairman of GoCompare in September 2016, prior to its demerger from esure Group plc in November 2016.

Career

Peter is a renowned insurance entrepreneur and founded the esure Group in February 2000 and has served as esure Group plc’s Chairman since that date. He served as esure Group’s Chief Executive Officer from April 2006 until February 2012.

Skills and experience

Previously, Peter founded the Direct Line general insurance business in 1985. He built up Direct Line to become the UK’s largest ever private motor insurer and direct home insurer and one of the UK’s leading direct financial services brands. Peter retired as Chairman of Direct Line in June 1997.

In 1996, Peter was awarded a CBE for services to the UK financial services industry and, in June 2016, was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list for his services to UK industry and philanthropy.

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Matthew Crummack

Chief Executive Officer
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Matthew Crummack

Chief Executive Officer

Appointment to the Board

Matthew was appointed to the Board of GoCompare in June 2016 when he became Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

Career

Matthew was Chief Executive Officer of lastminute.com from 2011 until the business was acquired by lastminute.com Group (previously Bravofly Rumbo Group) in March 2015. Post-acquisition, he served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Integration Officer until 31 December 2015.

Skills and experience

Matthew was formerly a Senior Vice President of Global Lodging at Expedia, has previously worked for Nestlé UK Limited, and spent eight years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of UK and European sales and marketing roles. In May 2015, Matthew became a Non-Executive Director of National Express plc and is a member of the Remuneration & Safety and Environment Committees. He is also a Director of his own UK-based company, Interventus Limited.

In June 2016, Matthew was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Aston University in recognition of his achievements as an alumnus.

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Nick Wrighton

Chief Financial Officer
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Nick Wrighton

Chief Financial Officer

Appointment to the Board

Nick joined GoCompare as Chief Financial Officer in September 2016.

Career

Nick is a Chartered Accountant and was Deputy Chief Financial Officer at esure Group plc from January 2014, having joined in June 2012 as Group Financial Controller.

Skills and experience

Nick was part of the esure Group plc team that guided esure Group plc’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 2013 and worked on the acquisition of the remaining 50% of GoCompare in 2014.

Prior to joining esure Group plc, Nick spent five years at Brit Insurance, where he held a number of finance roles including Financial Controller for Brit Insurance Limited, and seven years at RSA Group plc.

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Zillah Byng-Thorne

Non-Executive Director
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Zillah Byng-Thorne

Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board

Zillah was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2017.

Career

Zillah is currently Chief Executive Officer of Future plc, having previously served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this, she was Chief Financial Officer of Trader Media Group from 2009 and interim Chief Executive Officer until July 2013, Chief Financial Officer of Fitness First Group Limited from 2006 to 2009, and Chief Financial Officer of the Thresher Group from 2002 to 2005.

Skills and experience

Zillah was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee of Paddy Power Betfair plc in February 2016. Zillah was previously a Non-Executive Director of Betfair Group plc prior to its merger with Paddy Power plc.

Zillah has held a number of senior finance positions with GE Capital and HMV Media Group, qualified as an accountant with Nestlé UK Limited, and was a Non-Executive Director of Mecom Group plc from 2011 until February 2015.

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Joe Hurd

Non-Executive Director
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Joe Hurd

Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board

Joe was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in February 2018.

Career

Joe is the Senior Vice President, Business Development for Techstars, a network helping entrepreneurs succeed. He is also on the global advisory board of Edelman, a communications and public affairs firm. Joe is a Silicon Valley-based angel investor and entrepreneur, serving on the advisory boards of a number of technology companies, including Pactio.us (community journalism) and Cabture a digital media company.

Skills and experience

Prior to Techstars, Joe was the Director of Emerging Business at Facebook. Between 2009 and 2012 Joe was an Obama Administration appointee in the Commerce Department and serving on the White House Business Council. Joe held senior executive roles at Gannet, Videoegg, Friendster and AOL. He started his professional career in London as a corporate securities lawyer at Linklaters.

Joe is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Bullis Charter School. He received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard, an M.I.A from Columbia, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Angela Seymour-Jackson

Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director
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Angela Seymour-Jackson

Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director

Appointment to the Board

Angela was appointed as the Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director of the Board in September 2016.

Career

Angela is a Non-Executive Director of Janus Henderson Group plc; as well as the PageGroup plc and Rentokil Initial plc where she is a member of the Remuneration and Audit committees and the Remuneration Committee, respectively. In March 2019, Angela joined the Trustpilot board as an independent Non-Executive Director.

Skills and experience

From December 2012 until September 2016, Angela was Managing Director of Workplace Savings at Aegon UK. She was also a member of Aegon UK’s Independent Governance Committee. Prior to joining Aegon UK, Angela held a variety of senior sales and marketing roles at Norwich Union Insurance, General Accident, CGNU and Aviva, including running Aviva’s direct to consumer personal lines insurance business as well as a Senior Adviser to Lloyds Bank (Insurance) from November 2016 to November 2017. From 2015 to December 2018, Angela was a Non-Executive Director of esure Group plc and member of the Remuneration Committee and its Risk Committee.

Angela was Chief Executive Officer of RAC Motoring Services from 2010 to 2012 and led the sale of that business to The Carlyle Group.

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Dr Ashley Steel

Non-Executive Director
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Dr Ashley Steel

Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board

Ashley was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2017.

Career

Ashley is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of National Express plc and a member of the Safety & Environment, Remuneration and Audit Committees. In addition, Ashley is the Member for England and Non-Executive Director on the BBC Board.

Skills and experience

Ashley is a former Vice Chairman at KPMG and was Global Chair for its transport, leisure and logistics practice. She was also Global Executive Partner for the firm’s media, technology and telco practice and was based in Silicon Valley, California. Ashley also served on the international business advisory board at British Airways. She has significant international experience, and has advised FTSE/Fortune 500 boards across multiple sectors, including professional services, technology, media, business services and healthcare. Until recently, she was a Board member of the Civil Aviation Authority and Ince & Co, international law firm.

Ashley has a PhD in management from Henley Business School and was a founding member of the global advisory board for Out Leadership, a New York-based organisation that seeks to raise awareness of LGBT business issues among Chairmen and CEOs.

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Adrian Webb

Non-Executive Director
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Adrian Webb

Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board

Adrian was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in July 2015, having worked with GoCompare extensively since esure Group plc’s first investment in the Company.

Career

Adrian is Chairman of LAB, a London digital marketing agency. He served as Head of Group Public Relations with Direct Line, then Head of Communications with Virgin’s banking arm, before joining award-winning London consultancy Consolidated Communications as Strategy Director in 2000.

Skills and experience

Adrian has 30 years’ experience in marketing and communications including 20 years with major financial services brands. Adrian joined esure Group plc in 2002 becoming Head of Marketing and Communications. He was part of the esure Group plc team that guided the Company’s MBO in 2010 and flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 2013. He served in 2016-2017 as a Non-Executive Director of Gas Tag Limited, winners of New Business of the Year Award at the 2018 National Business Awards.

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Nick Hugh

Non-Executive Director
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Nick Hugh

Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board

Nick was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in February 2019.

Career

Nick has been Chief Executive Officer of the Telegraph Media Group since June 2017 and has responsibility for the whole business, across the newspaper (Daily Telegraph & Sunday Telegraph), digital, events, subscriptions and commerce, managing a team of approximately 1,100 people across three different offices in the UK.  Nick was a Non-Executive Director of esure Group plc from June 2018 until December 2018.

Skills and experience

Nick has almost 20 years' digital experience with companies that range from global media players to innovative start-ups. Before joining the Telegraph Media Group Nick worked at Yahoo! for eight years, with his final position as Yahoo!’s Vice President for EMEA. He previously spent more than 15 years at various companies, including BT, and advertising technology specialist Phorm.

Nick is a highly experienced leader within the media industry, having worked at various internet companies over the last 15 years (starting at Excite @ Home in 1999). Nick also has an MBA from INSEAD, one of the leading business schools in the world, and a BA Hons degree from the University of Manchester, England.