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Executive committee

Richard Wilson - Chief Executive Officer

Richard has 25 years’ experience leading change and service delivery across investment banking, derivatives broking and retail banking in the USA, Europe, and Asia. He spent 13 years with Societe Generale CIB in various senior roles in Operations, Finance and Technology before spending 12 years with Newedge, one of the UK’s 30 high impact financial firms. More recently Richard was Chief Administrative Officer of the Co-operative Bank from May 2015 – May 2016, where he led banking operations and the operating model transformation.

Richard became CEO of interactive investor (ii) in March 2017 but has been on the Board of II since October 2015 as a non-executive director. Richard describes himself as a frustrated musician (piano), loves playing all sports and spent 10 years coaching children's basketball, rugby and football. He’s also done a few triathlons and the odd marathon in the past and continues to run at the weekends with his black Labrador.

Barry Bicknell - Chief Financial Officer

Barry has a strong financial and risk-management background having spent 6 years at HSBC Investment Bank as Head of equity derivative product control, and 5 years at Westlb Panmure as Director of Operational Risk. He also brings expertise in delivering controlled growth in online retail financial services after four years spent as Finance Director at CMC Markets during the company's global expansion where it rolled out operations into 15 countries. Barry has been CFO at interactive investor since 2011, initially overseeing the creation of its execution capability and then overseeing its transformation into one of the fastest growing retail brokers in the UK.

Alex Kovach - Chief Commercial Officer

Alex joined interactive investor in 2015 as Chief Commercial Officer from Camelot, the UK’s national lottery provider, where he had served as Managing Director of Camelot Global Services (CGS) since 2010. He has broad commercial and general management experience with a focus on digital, consumer and early stage business start-ups and corporate ventures. Previously, Alex was CEO for International Development at Ladbrokes PLC and has worked for Shell and PwC. He was educated at Durham University and has an MBA from the INSEAD business school. Alex is married to Nicole and they have three year old twins. He has a passion for aviation and has a private pilot’s licence. His wife is from South Africa and they love South African wine.

Gary Shaw - Director of Operations

Gary joined as Director of Operations from RBS where, most recently, he was Head of Operations for the Group's mortgage business. He has extensive experience of leading operations and customer contact teams, having served over one million customers and a loan book in excess of £100 billion at RBS. Originally qualifying as an electrical and electronic engineer, Gary has over nine years' experience leading large-scale operations in the financial services sector, developing and implementing customer experience improvement schemes and automated customer processes. Gary is married to Michelle with a 15 year old son, Jonathan. Away from work, he enjoys relaxing by playing pool or snooker and says his goal for 2018 is to finally beat his son at go-kart racing.

John Tumilty - Chief Technology Officer

John has over 20 years IT experience in the financial sector. John worked for Goldman Sachs in Tokyo, New York and London, including as Head of Equity Technology, then for UBS as CIO of the Investment Bank. He has been involved and planned several IT Integrations during that time. More recently he has consulted for firms in relation to their IT re-structuring. At interactive investor, John is planning the integration of the two IT system suites, working closely with the IT and business areas.

Board of Directors

Hugo Van Vredenburch – Chairman

Hugo van Vredenburch is a financial services professional and presently Chairman of Interactive Investor (ii). Prior to ii Hugo was CEO of the TMF Group and one of its predecessor companies from 2005-2014. TMF is a multinational professional services firm that provides accounting, tax, HR and payroll services to businesses operating on an international scale. It operates in 80 countries with 7,500 employees and has grown rapidly both organically and through acquisition.

Prior to TMF, Hugo held a variety of positions at Goldman Sachs over a 13-year period, including heading up the Equities Division in Japan, as COO of the Global Equities Division and co-leading the Pan-European Equities Franchise. He retired as Partner and Managing Director in 2005.

Hugo is a Non-Executive Director of ECOspray and Saltus Wealth Management and is Chairman of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK. He has had a lifelong interest in conservation and is a Trustee of Fauna & Flora international.

Tim Hanford

Tim is a managing director for J.C. Flowers in Europe and a member of the J.C. Flowers’ Management Committee. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, Mr. Hanford worked with J.C. Flowers & Co. as Co-Head of FPK Capital and, prior to that, as Head of Private Equity at Dresdner Bank and a member of the Institutional Restructuring Unit’s Executive Committee. Mr. Hanford’s other experience includes serving as a Board Director of Schroders, based in Hong Kong and Tokyo, where he was Head of Structured Finance. Mr. Hanford also serves on the Boards of Directors of Pension Corporation, OneSavings Bank Plc, Castle Trust, Cabot Credit Management and UK General Insurance Group Ltd. Mr. Hanford received a B.Sc. (Honors) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and an M.S. in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was a Sloan Fellow.

John Baines

John has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, at both executive and board level, and brings with him a wealth of institutional, governance and regulatory knowledge. He currently sits on the boards of the State Bank of India (UK) and Distribution Finance Capital, and has been Non-Executive Director at Coutts & Co (UK), Coutts Bank Von Ernst (Switzerland), Adam and Company, and Non-Executive Chairman of RBS International (Jersey). John has a depth of executive experience, with prior roles including CFO of Coutts Group (2002-2006), CEO of RBS Wealth Management division (2006-2010), CFO of Aldermore Bank (2010-2013) and CFO of The Co-operative Bank (2013-2016). He is a qualified chartered accountant, and spent his early career in audit and accounting roles at Stoy Hayward, JP Morgan, UBS and RBS. John chairs Interactive Investor's audit and risk committees.

Jonathan Cox

Jonathan is a VP at J.C. Flowers & Co. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Cox spent five years in investment banking, first in Rothschild’s London based Financial Institutions Group and then as a Vice President at Credit Suisse in London where he covered European insurance. Previously, Mr. Cox qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working in the Financial Sector Transaction Services team at KPMG in London, and he remains a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Mr. Cox also serves on the Board of Directors of Group Financière CEP, Acuon Capital Corporation and UK General Insurance Group Ltd. He received a B.Sc. in Government & Economics from the London School of Economics.

Gail Bragg

Gail is a Non-executive Director and chairs the Nomination & Remuneration Committee. Most recently, Gail was Friends Life's Integration Director for the merger with Aviva. During her time with Friends Life, she held a range of operational and change roles, including negotiating and managing the IT and operations outsourcing deal with TCS. Prior to Friends Life, she worked at AXA and RBS, including directing integration/separation programmes. She has a very broad management background, including in Risk, IT and Supplier Management. Gail now works as a consultant. She is also Non-executive Director of South West Ambulance Service Trust, Director of a Multi academy Trust and Chair of Governors at a local primary school. Gail lives in Bristol with her husband Paul. Their five children are in their 20s.

John Veichmanis

John is a Non-executive Director, bringing a depth of marketing and digital experience to the Board.  In the course of his 20-year career, John has held senior roles at a number of leading digital and technology businesses, including Expedia, Skype, Apple and Dell.  Most recently, he has been the Chief Marketing Officer at online luxury marketplace Farfetch since 2015, holding responsibility for brand marketing and global demand generation.  

John McLaughlin

John is a Non-executive member of the Board and a member of ii’s Investment Committee and Selection Committee. He brings considerable investment experience to ii, having worked at Schroders for 25 years until he retired in December 2017. During this period John held a variety of roles, including as managing director of the Tokyo office and later as global head of the Multi-Asset investment division. Prior to joining Schroders John worked in academia, researching quantum effects in the vicinity of black holes. He holds a doctorate in mathematical physics from Oxford University. Alongside his responsibilities for ii, John currently sits as an independent on the board of T. Rowe Price UK Limited as well as on the investment committee of The Kings Fund. He is also a trustee of Furnistore, a recycling charity based in his home town of Redhill that provides basic furniture items to low income families. When not attending to his various duties described above, John can usually be found on a mud bank somewhere on the East Coast waiting for the tide to re-float his sailing boat.

Richard Wilson

Richard has 25 years’ experience leading change and service delivery across investment banking, derivatives broking and retail banking in the USA, Europe, and Asia. He spent 13 years with Societe Generale CIB in various senior roles in Operations, Finance and Technology before spending 12 years with Newedge, one of the UK’s 30 high impact financial firms. More recently Richard was Chief Administrative Officer of the Co-operative Bank from May 2015 – May 2016, where he led banking operations and the operating model transformation. Richard became CEO of Interactive Investor (II) in March 2017 but has been on the Board of II since October 2015 as a non-executive director. Richard describes himself as a frustrated musician (piano), loves playing all sports and spent 10 years coaching children's basketball, rugby and football. He’s also done a few triathlons and the odd marathon in the past and continues to run at the weekends with his black Labrador.

Barry Bicknell

Barry has a strong financial and risk-management background having spent 6 years at HSBC Investment Bank as Head of equity derivative product control, and 5 years at Westlb Panmure as Director of Operational Risk. He also brings expertise in delivering controlled growth in online retail financial services after four years spent as Finance Director at CMC Markets during the company’s global expansion where it rolled out operations into 15 countries. Barry has been CFO at interactive investor since 2011, initially overseeing the creation of its execution capability and then overseeing its transformation into one of the fastest growing retail brokers in the UK.