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Hugo van Vredenburch – Chairman

Hugo is a financial services professional who joined ii from multinational professional services firm TMF Group, where he was CEO. He previously held a variety of positions at Goldman Sachs spanning 13 years, including as COO of the global equities division. He retired as partner and managing director in 2005.

Hugo is a non-executive director of Ecospray and Saltus Wealth Management, and 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 at J.C. Flowers & Co in Europe and a member of its management committee. Before joining the firm in 2009, Tim’s roles included being co-head of FPK Capital and head of private equity at Dresdner Bank, where he sat on the executive committee of the bank’s Institutional Restructuring Unit.

He also serves on the boards of Castle Trust Capital plc, UK General Insurance Ltd and Otto UK Bidco Limited.

John Baines

With more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, at executive and board level, John chairs ii’s Audit and Risk committees and brings with him a wealth of institutional, governance and regulatory knowledge. He is Chairman of Distribution Finance Capital, and a director of the State Bank of India (UK) and Bank of Ireland (UK). John is a chartered accountant who previously held executive roles at Coutts Group and RBS Wealth Management Division.

Jonathan Cox

Jonathan is a managing director at J.C. Flowers & Co. Prior to joining J.C. Flowers in 2012, he spent five years in investment banking, at Rothschild’s Financial Institutions Group and Credit Suisse. He qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG in London and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Jonathan also serves on the boards of UK specialist lender Castle Trust, SSL Endeavour, Lloyd’s of London and UK General Insurance Group.

Gail Bragg

Gail is a non-executive director and chairs both our Integration and our Nomination and Remuneration committees. Before joining ii, Gail held key operational positions at Friends Life, serving as integration director for the merger with Aviva. Previously at AXA and RBS, Gail has a broad management background – including in risk, IT and supplier management – and is non-executive director of South West Ambulance Service Trust and Chair of Venturers Trust, a multi-academy trust in Bristol.

John Veichmanis

John is a non-executive director and brings a depth of marketing and digital experience to the board. 
Over his 20-year career, he has held senior roles at leading digital and technology businesses, including Expedia, Skype, Apple and Dell.

John has been chief marketing officer at online luxury marketplace Farfetch since 2017, where he is responsible for brand marketing and global demand generation.

John McLaughlin

A non-executive member of the board and the chair of the Investment Governance Committee, John brings considerable investment experience to ii, having worked at Schroders for 25 years until retiring in 2017. He also sits as an independent on the board of T. Rowe Price UK Limited and on the investment committee of The Kings Fund. John is also a trustee of Surrey-based recycling charity Furnistore, which provides basic furniture to low-income families.

Richard Wilson

Richard has been at the helm since March 2017. His passion for service and people has been central to his career and is at the heart of everything we stand for.
Starting out as an operations clerk at Societe Generale, Richard has for three decades been driving and delivering change across the finance industry, including leading roles in UK and European brokers and banks. He joined the ii board as a non-executive director in 2015, before taking over as CEO.

Barry Bicknell

Our CFO since 2011, Barry oversaw the creation of ii's execution capability before leading our transformation into one of the UK’s fastest-growing retail brokers. His strong financial and risk-management background includes roles at HSBC Investment Bank and WestLB Panmure. Barry, who is a qualified chartered accountant, has expertise in delivering controlled growth in online retail financial services, spending four years as finance director at CMC Markets during its global expansion.

Gavin Oldham

Gavin joined the board as a non-executive director in July 2020, following the acquisition of the firm he founded, The Share Centre. He previously established Barclayshare (now Barclays Stockbrokers) for Barclays Bank, and now plays an active role in business affairs and is a regular contributor to radio and TV. 

He received the Editor’s award for services to private investors from the FT/Investors Chronicle in 2013. Gavin was recently awarded an OBE for his work supporting children and young people through The Share Foundation.