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Sir Peter Wood

Chairman
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Sir Peter Wood

Chairman

    Board appointment

    Appointed as Chairman of GoCompare in September 2016.

    Key strengths

    Sir Peter has many years of experience founding and leading insurance organisations. He has long-standing UK plc experience and is GoCo’s largest shareholder.

    Career and experience

    Sir Peter founded esure in February 2000, serving as Chief Executive Officer from April 2006 until February 2012. Previously, Sir Peter founded the Direct Line general insurance business in 1985. Sir Peter built Direct Line up 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. Sir Peter retired as Chairman of Direct Line in June 1997. During the 1990s, Sir Peter also served as a director of Bankinter SA in Spain and founded three other insurance companies around the world, including Linea Directa Aseguradora, a company serving the Spanish direct insurance market. Sir Peter also founded Privilege Insurance with Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Between 1996 and 2000, Sir Peter was a Non-Executive Director of Centrica plc. In 1998, he was appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the board of the Economist Group, where he served until March 2004.

    In 1996, Sir 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

      Board appointment

      Appointed to the Board of GoCo as CEO in June 2016.

      Key strengths

      Matthew has relevant experience from high-profile international positions in consumer product and digital service industries. Matthew has extensive operational and executive experience of technical operations and online customer sales and marketing platforms.

      Career and experience

      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.

      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 and Safety and Environment Committees.

      Matthew 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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      Angela Seymour-Jackson

      Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director
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      Angela Seymour-Jackson

      Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director

        Board appointment

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

        Key strengths

        Angela has extensive experience gained from a multitude of industries and sectors, including the insurance market. Through her other current directorships, Angela has relevant experience with audit and remuneration committees.

        Career and experience

        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. Angela is also the Deputy Chair or Pikl, a start-up insurance business.

        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, where she ran the direct personal lines business, General Accident, CGNU and Aviva. Angela was the 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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        Nick Wrighton

        Chief Financial Officer
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        Nick Wrighton

        Chief Financial Officer

          Board appointment

          Appointed as GoCo Chief Financial Officer in September 2016.

          Key strengths

          Nick has a proven track record in senior financial positions in various insurance companies in the UK. Part of the key management team during the demerger from esure in 2016, Nick has deep knowledge of the business.

          Career and experience

          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.

          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

            Board appointment

            Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2017.

            Key strengths

            Zillah is a qualified accountant who has held various senior level financial positions in different industries and sectors. Zillah also has extensive knowledge of the digital markets as well as a wealth of non-executive director expertise.

            Careers and experience

            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.

            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

              Board appointment

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

              Key strengths

              Joe has a wealth of experience gained from his entrepreneurial ventures in the technology and digital start-up world. He has in-depth understanding of the difficulties facing young and ambitious fintech companies.

              Career and experience

              Joe is the Global Managing Director, Corporate Development for SOSV, a business accelerator for early-stage technology companies and the founder and managing partner of The Katama Group LLC, a consultancy based in Los Altos, California. He is also a Venture Partner with Good Growth Capital, a venture capital platform focused on early-stage technology companies. Joe is a Silicon Valley-based angel investor and entrepreneur, serving on the advisory boards of a number of technology companies, including Pactio (local journalism), RydeOn (mobility) and DynoVC (autonomous vehicle fund).

              Prior to SOSV, Joe was the Senior Vice President, Business Development at Techstars. Between 2009 and 2012, Joe was an Obama Administration appointee in the Commerce Department and served on the White House Business Council. Joe held senior executive roles at Facebook, 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, the Trilateral Commission and a member of two non-profit boards, Bullis Charter School (Chair) and the American Swiss Foundation. 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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              Dr Ashley Steel

              Non-Executive Director
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              Dr Ashley Steel

              Non-Executive Director

                Board appointment

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

                Key strengths

                Ashley brings valuable international experience and skills to the Board, including tech-focused knowledge and through her other directorships, quality experience of Board level committees and how they function.

                Career and experience

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

                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, an 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

                  Board appointment

                  Adrian was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in July 2015.

                  Key strengths

                  With extensive experience in traditional and digital marketing, communications, technology strategy and PR, Adrian brings valuable insight and knowledge to the Board.

                  Career and experience

                  Adrian is Chairman of LAB, a London digital marketing group. 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.

                  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

                    Board appointment

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

                    Key strengths

                    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.

                    Career and experience

                    Nick has been Chief Executive Officer of the Telegraph Media Group since June 2017 and has responsibility for the whole business, across the newspapers (Daily Telegraph and 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.

                    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.