Meet our Executive Team
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.
He 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 joined II in July 2011. He has a strong financial and risk-management background having spent six years at HSBC Investment Bank as Head of Equity Derivative Product Control, and five years at WestlbPanmureas Director of Operational Risk.
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.
Simon Hill, Director of Integration & Change
Simon has held a number of senior leadership roles in his 20 years at TD Direct Investing (TDDI), including leadership of IS and Change, Operations and Relationship Management. He started his career at TDDI in Finance, holding responsibility for Treasury and Regulatory.
Simon has deep operational experience gained from working in both B2B and B2C operating models and has undertaken roles leading product design. He has also lead both acquisitions and disposals for the TDDI business.
Simon has been an active member of UK Industry Bodies including the Wealth Management Association and the UK Markets and Advisory Committee at Euroclear.
Outside work, Simon enjoys spending time with his son, partner and dogs. He is a keen golfer, walker and supporter of his local rugby club which his son now plays at.
Alex Kovach, Commercial Director
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, he 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 joins 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.
He 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 2017 is to finally beat his son at go-kart racing.
John Shiels, Chief Risk Officer
Since qualifying as a chartered accountant, John has gained over 20 years FS experience in various companies including Clydesdale Bank, Virgin Money & RBS Group, 12 years of which he has held Senior roles within Risk & Compliance.
His most recent role, was for five years at Clydesdale Bank, where he had overall responsibility for the management of the Bank's second line regulatory and conduct risk oversight and advice functions as well as managing the relationships with the Bank's Regulators including the FCA.
John lives in West Lothian and is married with two teenage children. He enjoys travel, reading, music and cycling.
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 is the former CEO of TMF Group, a position he held since 2010, following the merger of TMF Group and Equity Trust, where he was CEO. 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 and has grown rapidly both organically and through acquisition.
Prior to that, 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.
Hugo began his career in Japan, working as an analyst and subsequently as General Manager and CIO for Tokyo Pacific Holdings. Hugo is a Non-Executive Director of TMF Group and Tempus Energy.
Originally from the Netherlands, he is married with 5 daughters. He has been an investor in Interactive Investor in his personal capacity since 2012.
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.
Tim founded Augmentum Capital in 2009 with the backing of RIT Capital and Lord Rothschild, and focuses relentlessly on finding businesses that are disruptive technologically and reinvigorate markets that are lacking fresh innovation.
Prior to that, he was the commercial director of Betfair where he led the internationalisation of the business and laid the foundations across Asia, Europe and the rest of the world. Over the years, Tim has advised and personally invested in a number of exciting and innovative businesses and was made a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. Tim also advises The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on digital strategy and innovation. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Russian.
He has a young family and is a dedicated Chelsea F.C. season ticket holder. He remains a keen footballer, skier and golfer, although operating at a more sedate pace than in recent years.
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 committee.
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. He 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 is a Non-executive Director and chairs the Integration Committee and the Risk Committee. Most recently, she 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.
She lives in Bristol with her husband Paul. Their five children are in their 20s.