Today, we are the largest in our market, employing over 400 dedicated professionals, supporting over 3,400 advisory firms.

10,000

PROFESSIONAL
INTERMEDIARIES

25%

MARKET
PENETRATION

£50bn

ASSETS UNDER
MANAGEMENT

£9bn

OF LENDING
 

400

EXPERIENCED STAFF
IN SIX LOCATIONS

59

SIMPLYBIZ NPS SCORE
(2018)

The SimplyBiz Group provides regulatory and business support to professionals operating within the financial services market. Since our inception back in 2002, we have grown year on year to become the largest in our sector. We ensure our Members and Clients are able to provide consumers with access to advice on a range of financial needs, from mortgages and protection, to investments, estate planning and taxation. We do this by providing guidance and support from a regulatory perspective and by providing access to business development support, such as technology solutions, marketing, events and more.

We have partnered with most of the UK's leading insurance, investment and mortgage providers, to ensure our Members and Clients have the support and the products they need for their clients and to ensure our partners are able to access over 25% of the financial service marketplace.

Although our heritage can be traced to Yorkshire, we now operate from seven locations across the UK, employing over 400 dedicated professionals, now supporting over 10,000 Members and Clients throughout the UK.

Our leadership

Non-Executive Chairman

Ken Davy

Ken Davy

Ken is the Non-Executive Chairman and founder of The SimplyBiz Group. In 2012, Ken celebrated four decades as an eminent and respected figure in the financial services profession. In addition to the many awards The SimplyBiz Group has received under Ken's guidance, he has personally been awarded several outstanding contribution to financial services and lifetime achievement awards as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from The University of Huddersfield and an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Institute. In May 2016, Ken was awarded The Huddersfield Examiner Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to sport and charity over the years.

Group Executive Management Committee

Neil Stevens

Neil Stevens

JOINT CEO

Neil joined SimplyBiz in 2003 as a consultant before being appointed Operations Director in 2004. From here, he led the acquisition of Compliance First, subsequently becoming the Managing Director of that business in 2007, a role he held until 2010 when he was appointed Joint Managing Director of the SimplyBiz Group.

Now Joint CEO of the Group, Neil has executive responsibility for compliance, operations and finance for The SimplyBiz Group.

Neil is passionate about bringing systems and technology to advisers, to enable them to deliver even more to clients, and is an advocate of advisers creating a 'supply chain' around their business and service.

Neil is also on the Executive Committee of TSIP and sits on the councils for Distribution and Wrap and Platforms.

Matt Timmins

Matt Timmins

JOINT CEO

Matt joined SimplyBiz at its inception in 2002 as Marketing Director and was appointed Joint Managing Director of the Group in May 2010.

He now serves as Joint CEO of The SimplyBiz Group, responsible for the sales and marketing activities of the Group as well as key strategic relationships with both insurance and investment companies.

Matt runs several of the key subsidiaries within the business including SimplyBiz Services, SimplyBiz Mortgages, Home Information Group, Landmark, NMBA and SimplyBiz Support. Matt is also Chairman of Zest, the Group’s provider of SAAS technology for the auto enrolment and flexible benefits market.

Previous employment includes GE Capital, Misys and DBS Financial Management.

Sarah Turvey

Sarah Turvey

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Sarah Turvey is the Company Secretary for The SimplyBiz Group plc. Please direct any shareholder correspondence or queries to Sarah at companysecretary@simplybiz.co.uk.

In her role on the Executive Management Committee Sarah is Chief Operating Officer for the Group. Sarah is involved in setting and executing corporate strategy, along with project managing acquisitions. Sarah is also responsible for governance & risk, legal and CSR matters.

Sarah joined the Group as Group Finance Director at its inception in 2002 and held this position until March 2018. Her success is reflected in the various national and regional awards she has won: Young Finance Director of the Year, 2008, Best Finance Director of an SME, 2009 and shortlisted for Best Finance Director of a limited company in 2017.

Gareth Hague

Gareth Hague

Group Finance Director

Gareth joined SimplyBiz in 2016 as the Group Financial Controller, managing the finances of the Group, including key financial reporting, before becoming Group Finance Director in 2018. Prior to joining SimplyBiz, Gareth was Head of Financial Reporting at Pace plc, a FTSE 250 listed business, with annual turnover of $2.6bn. During his 5 years at Pace, Gareth built his experience of working in a listed environment, within a business that recovered from a difficult period, to its ultimate sale to a US Global Technology giant in January 2016.

Gareth spent 9 years at PwC, where he trained as a Chartered Accountant of the ICAEW. While at PwC, Gareth managed audit and transaction engagements for listed, private equity and private clients across a broad range of sizes and industries, giving him a breadth of knowledge and experience.

Gary Kershaw

Gary Kershaw

GROUP COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR

Gary came from a compliance consultancy background to join SimplyBiz at launch in 2002. He has responsibility for all compliance policy and implementations through the Group.

Gary has over 20 years experience in financial services including running his own successful IFA firm for the past 15 years.

Executive Management Board

David Golder

David Golder

Managing Director of the Consumer Credit Centre

David Golder, Managing Director of the Consumer Credit Centre, has over 30 years' experience of working in the financial services sector, mainly in senior management and board positions. His career has spanned the dawn of regulation introduced by the Financial Services Act up to, and including, the current FCA regime.

Following a number of successful sales and management appointments with major UK product providers, David joined Bankhall Investment Associates, a UK-wide provider of regulatory compliance services, in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director in 2009.

Richard Ardron

Richard Ardron

Marketing Director

Richard has responsibility for the Group's brand and marketing communications strategy covering both retention and growth. He oversees all communication channels, proposition marketing and corporate messaging, including press and ensures our delivery is relevant and market leading.

Richard has a wealth of experience in the financial services industry, with 20 years in the support service arena and is always at the forefront of new and innovative strategies. This is backed up with an equally impressive marketing academic record, with a degree and two post graduate diplomas in marketing, and over 10 years as a Chartered Marketer.

Janice Laing

Janice Laing

Managing Director of Compliance First

As Managing Director of Compliance First, Janice has responsibility for the overall strategy, management and delivery of services for the business. She joined Compliance First in 2004 and her career in financial services spans over 30 years, having previously worked with Scottish Amicable, Eagle Star and National Australia Group.

Janice’s breadth and depth of knowledge has been gained from her previous roles, which include broker and adviser sales, training and competence supervision and compliance consultancy and implementation. Janice is Level 4 qualified and also holds mortgage, equity release and long term care qualifications.

Dan Russell

Dan Russell

Managing Director, SimplyBiz Investment Services

Dan has responsibility for the delivery of the market leading investment services we make available to financial advisers and wealth managers, and all associated distribution services for asset managers, platforms and investment technology suppliers.

Aside from financial services qualifications, Dan holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and is a graduate of Durham University. He began his career at IBM before taking up senior distribution roles with The Hartford in the UK and Germany and has worked as a strategy consultant and interim director for leading advisory businesses, asset managers and life companies.

Since joining The SimplyBiz Group in 2013 he has held the position of MD of Verbatim Asset Management and overseen the formation of SimplyBiz Investment Services.

Martin Reynolds

Martin Reynolds

CEO of SimplyBiz Mortgages

Martin has responsibility for both the day-to-day running of SimplyBiz Mortgages and its future strategic direction.

He has been part of a number of successful ventures in the financial services industry for over 25 years, including new start-ups, rebranding and repositioning businesses within both manufacturing and distribution. Since joining The SimplyBiz Group in 2011, Martin has developed the business to its current position as one of the top three mortgage clubs in the UK market.

In February 2018, Martin was selected as Chair of the industry-wide trade body Association of Mortgage Intermediaries (AMI).

Advisory Board

Tim Trotter

Tim Trotter

Non-Executive Director

Tim worked with the The SimplyBiz Group as a Senior Adviser in the latter part of 2013, including during the firm’s acquisition of the flexible benefits and auto enrolment software provider, Zest. He is currently Chairman of Glenfern, Alpha FMC, bfinance, Catalyst, The SR Group; a senior adviser to Baird Capital Partners Europe and was a founding shareholder of Citywire.

Prior to this, Tim was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Ludgate Group, the international public and investor relations consultancy. He established operations in London, New York, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Mumbai. Principal investors included Cinven and Baird and the Group was later acquired by Interpublic.

Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke

Independent Non-Executive Director

In his twenty-five year career, Tim has been a Partner at both KPMG and BDO. He played a leading role in establishing KPMG’s corporate finance team in the North in the early 1990s and spent two years working for the private equity unit in London. Tim established BDO Corporate Finance in Leeds in 2003 and has built the team that delivered a track record of notable transactions, involving private, public and private equity owned companies.

Tim has also managed a subsidiary of a regional bank and spent time as an independent member of the UMIST Ventures credit committee. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 and has a degree in economics and accountancy from Lancaster University.

David Etherington

David Etherington

Independent Non-Executive Director

David brings to The SimplyBiz Group a wealth of financial services experience, including nearly a decade with Zurich, most recently serving as Chief Growth Officer between 2008 and 2012. He has also spent time in senior management and strategic roles at NatWest and UnumProvident and was instrumental in the launch and growth of software solution company bolero.net. David holds membership of several professional bodies including the Chartered Institutes of Financial Services and Marketing and the Institute of Export and has sat on the committee of numerous committees addressing a high-impact and broad array of industry issues.

Awards

The SimplyBiz Group is proud to have won an array of awards over the years. Here are some of the most recent: