Appointed to the Board in September 2010. David has over 50 years’ IT industry experience with over 45 years at Board level in the software and services sectors. He was the founder of SSP Holdings Limited, which became one of the largest specialist insurance software houses in the world. David has chaired and advised businesses in both the public and private markets and has overseen numerous acquisitions and disposals over the last 30 years. He is a strong believer in lifelong learning, has a diploma in company direction and is the longest serving member of the Vistage executive learning organisation in the UK. David invests in and mentors some smaller technology businesses and is Chairman to Chatta, a learning software company. He also chairs a family property and investment company and a family charitable trust. He was Yorkshire Business Leader of the Year in 2008 and the Grant Thornton QCA Chairman of the Year in 2009. In March 2020, David won The Sunday Times FTSE AIM Non-Executive Director Award in recognition of his stewardship and contribution at GBG.
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 joined GBG on 17 May 2021 and was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2021. Prior to joining GBG, David spent 10 years at AVEVA Group plc as CFO and more recently as Finance Director and Company Secretary leading 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 EY 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. Nick is also an independent Non-Executive Director of Proactis Holdings plc where is he also Chair of its Remuneration Committee, the Senior Independent Director and member of its Audit Committee.
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. Liz is also an independent Non-Executive Chair of the architectural and design practice TP Bennett and an independent Non-Executive Director, Chair of Audit Committee and also member of Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees of British Gas. 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, 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 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 Group Chief Information Officer for FNZ UK and more recently Chief Cloud Officer for Finastra Ltd. In addition to undertaking an advisory role at a number of technology start-ups, Natalie is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Masthaven Bank Ltd and an Independent Member of the Audit Committee of the National Trust.
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 was Deputy Company Secretary until 2019, managing the Governance Team and providing strong governance and corporate support to the Company Secretary. In 2019 Annabelle left GBG to become Group Company Secretary at Phoenix UK, a pharmaceutical wholesaler and retail pharmacy business, where she implemented a governance reporting framework for the UK group. 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) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.