Appointed as Chair of the Board in September 2022. Richard has had a highly successful career in the technology sector. He spent 33 years with AVEVA Group where he was Chief Executive Officer for 17 years and has held a number of non-executive director and chair roles since. Richard’s previous non-executive positions with UK-listed businesses include roles as Chair of Ideagen Plc and Senior Independent Non-Executive board positions at Alfa Financial Plc and Fidessa Plc. He also works with businesses in the private markets, currently serving as Chair of Causeway Technologies Ltd and Rovco Ltd in addition to a Non-Executive Board advisor role with Ideagen Ltd. He has previously served as a non-executive chairman at Process Systems Enterprise Ltd and non-executive director at Prometheus Inc.
Appointed to the Board in April 2017. Before joining GBG Chris was Managing Director at Experian for 5 years where he was responsible for the UK & EMEA. Experian gave Chris first-hand knowledge of the Identity Data Intelligence market. Chris previously worked at BT for 20 years, running several technology businesses across the globe. Chris has lived and worked in the USA, Europe and Asia, as well as the UK and has significant international experience. Chris has a passion for and a strong track record of team member engagement and customer focus.
David Ward was appointed to the Board in July 2021. Prior to joining GBG, David held the position of Finance Director and Company Secretary at AVEVA Group where he lead the Finance function and Legal and Commercial Operations Teams. He was heavily involved in the M&A and integration that lifted AVEVA to the FTSE 100. David trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young where he spent 14 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Appointed to the Board in April 2017. Nick has been a member of GBG’s Executive Team since joining the business in 2007. Nick is currently responsible for managing the operating businesses of GBG on a global basis. Prior to joining GBG Nick held senior management positions at Sage plc, Microsoft UK and Fujitsu Services in the UK.
Appointed to the Board in September 2017. Liz is an independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Investec Wealth & Investment where she is also a member of the Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees and independent Non-Executive Chair of the architectural and design practice TP Bennett. Liz has over 20 years of executive Board level experience gained primarily in the insurance, business services and property sectors. Liz has previously held Non-Executive positions at FTSE listed bwin.party, British Gas, Bournemouth Water, The University of Law and Be Living Holdings (formerly Willmott Residential). Her career started in insurance with a subsidiary of GE Capital where she worked for almost 17 years. Liz is a chartered certified accountant and holds an MBA from Cranfield University.
Appointed to the Board November 2019. Natalie is an Independent Member of the Audit Committee of the National Trust and also undertakes an advisory role at a number of technology start-ups. Natalie has over 20 years of global technology, commercial and operational experience with a demonstrable track record of successful digital, strategic and transformational change programmes in both private equity and blue-chip companies. Natalie was previously Chief Cloud Officer for Finastra and more recently held a Non-Executive position at Masthaven Bank, where she was also a member of the Audit, Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Appointed to the Board in November 2021. Bhav has over 25 years’ experience leading successful digital and media businesses through ambitious periods of growth and transformational change. He is the founder and CEO of Sandbox & Co, a digital learning company that he has helped to grow, both organically and through acquisition. His previous Executive experience at Viacom and Pearson, demonstrates his success in scaling businesses in emerging markets. Additionally, Bhav is a member of the World Economic Forum, as a Young Global Leader.
Annabelle has over 17 years' experience in governance, compliance and company law. Annabelle originally joined GBG's Governance Team in 2007 and has held a number of roles since this time both with GBG and externally. Annabelle has a passion for governance and a pragmatic approach to how the Governance Team supports the wider business, she is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute (FCG) and holds a law degree (LLB). Annabelle is secretary to all Committees.