Meet the figures spearheading Huntswood’s business strategy and guiding the company on its continued success
Meet the figures spearheading Huntswood’s business strategy and guiding the company on its continued success
The Huntswood Board bring extensive senior-level experience, drawn from both financial services and other regulated sectors.
Our Board members’ significant track records span UK and international organisations, including leading consultancy firms and some of the most high profile financial services brands. More specifically, they have a wealth of direct experience in driving businesses to achieve operational excellence in the areas of governance, compliance and complaints.
In addition, the Board have direct regulatory experience, as well as expertise drawn from the corporate finance and professional services sectors.
The team are passionate about helping firms enhance their reputation with their customers, people and regulators. They are also driven to instil a positive and agile culture across Huntswood that inspires the flexible, dedicated and collaborative approach to clients’ needs for which our business is renowned.
Click on the images below to see a more detailed description of each Board member's background.
David Brownlow is a British entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Having graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic, reading Economics, he spent two years as a Policeman with Thames Valley Police. David then became a recruitment consultant and eight years later, in 1996, co-founded Huntswood.
Initially a recruitment consultancy, Huntswood is now a specialist resourcing and consultancy firm focussed on Governance, Risk and Compliance.
Still owning Huntswood, in 2013 David co-founded his second business, Havisham. This business is a trading and investment group with interests in House Building, Commercial and Residential property letting, Pubs and Restaurants, Recruitment Businesses, a Technology and Education Platform, Documentary Film Making and trades across The United Kingdon, Singapore, Sydney and Shanghai.
In an interview with The Sunday Times David said his business philosophy and success is based on:
David takes pride in the work of his charitable giving; especially his own ‘David Brownlow Charitable Foundation’. All of which concentrates on helping individuals and communities where there is an element of disadvantage.
As well as being a Trustee of DBCF, David is a Patron of The National Osteoporosis Society, a Patron of The NSPCC, a Patron of The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract , a Life Patron of The Landmark Trust and a Founding Patron of The Royal Albert Hall’s President’s Circle.
In 2018 David was appointed as a Deputy to The Lord Lieutenant of The Royal County of Berkshire.
For many years David has given his commercial experience as a business consultant to a number of organisations; including:
In 2005 David was named the national ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the Ernst & Young / Sunday Times / Coutts Awards.
In 2007 David was named ‘Best Chief Executive’ recognising his ‘outstanding service to compliance and regulation.’
Read David’s interview with The Business Magazine.
Angela has 25 years’ experience as an investor, independent director and advisor to companies and private equity firms. As Chairman of Huntswood, the experience she brings is not limited to business and financial services, as her current and past responsibilities stretch across a number of sectors including healthcare, travel, media and consumer services.
She is currently an independent director of Bournemouth Water, of recruitment firm Astbury Marsden and of Dunedin Enterprise Investment Trust, a quoted private equity investment trust. She has recently been Chairman of Fishawack, a medical communications agency and of Ansel Group which ran secure mental health facilities for adult rehabilitation - both were owned by private equity funds and successfully sold.
Angela is on the investment committee of Altitude Partners, a private equity fund investing in SMEs, and in the education sector, she’s a Governor of the Sherborne School.
Before 2007, Angela spent 18 years working in private equity for 3i, ultimately as partner of the Growth Capital business managing the UK portfolio. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) at PWC in 1987.
When she’s not working, Angela enjoys travelling, playing golf and tennis, horse racing, trips out on the family boat and organizing her three children.
Craig has a strong track record within the Financial Services arena; joining Huntswood in 2002 to oversee the transformation of new business into ‘delivery’ and working on strategic client accounts.
His board appointment came in 2007, and as Commercial Director he led Huntswood’s commercial activities, including Sales & Marketing. In 2008, Craig became Huntswood’s Chief Operating Officer, and in this role, he led and oversaw the growth of all business divisions.
In 2011, Craig became only the company’s second Chief Executive having succeeded the company founder and majority shareholder, David Brownlow. As Huntswood’s Chief Executive, he had ultimate responsibility for the company's strategic growth and client delivery, which saw the business quadruple in size and win a number of awards including, Best 100 Companies to work for and several Fast Track 100 awards.
Craig stepped down as CEO in June 2015, however, he continues to work closely with the current CEO and Board as Deputy Chairman.
Before joining Huntswood Craig managed a section of Deloitte’s financial services outsourcing business. Before that, he spent 13 years in senior compliance and pensions roles.
Craig is married with a family and keenly follows most sports. Craig also holds a pilot’s licence and flys Gyrocopters.
Chief Executive Officer
Matthew was appointed to the role of CEO (taking over from Mark Humphries) in October 2017, and continues to work with the Board on delivering the strategic ambition of the Company.
Prior to becoming CEO, Matthew was already a member of the Huntswood Board in his previous capacity as Chief Financial Officer (appointed January 2010). As CFO, he was responsible for the financial, risk, HR, IT and legal aspects of the Group.
He also previously held the role of Chief Executive of two subsidiary companies, Conduit People Management Ltd and Conduit Accounting Services Ltd, and oversaw the successful sale of these two companies in May 2015.
After graduating with a BSc degree in finance and management from Aston University, Matthew began his career qualifying as a chartered accountant in PwC’s Assurance and Business Advisory Service area. He has since brought a diversity of experience to Huntswood - including extensive commercial finance experience from working in senior roles for EDS, O2 Airwave and Virgin Media.
Matthew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Matthew is married with two young children. In between spending time with his family, Matthew is a member of Marlow and District Round Table, a local voluntary charity fundraising and social group. He enjoys football (playing, and also coaching his local junior team), running, and keenly follows most other sports; particularly rugby and cricket.
Chief of Staff
Sara is responsible for the recruitment, referencing and placement of Huntswood's network of contractors and permanent financial services professionals as well as managing the Human Resources function for Huntswood. She’s been involved in large-scale, specialised resourcing projects for many years, and prior to joining Huntswood in 2002 she was a recruitment consultant for the Michael Page Group.
Sara is trained in Thomas International's PPA and is also an experienced competency-based interviewer and assessor.
Sara has a young family; so much of her time is spent in soft play areas and petting zoos. Aside from the kids though, her other favourite things are being with friends, good food, and a cold glass of wine on a sunny day.
Chief Finance Officer
Donna is responsible for overseeing the entire finance function, and ensuring that Huntswood are a financially compliant Company.
After graduating with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics at Plymouth University, Donna started out her career qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at Saffery Champness, where she worked in the Business Advisory Team.
After becoming ACA qualified, Donna was the Financial Accountant at Barracuda Group for three years, before joining Huntswood in 2010. Before her board appointment, she headed up Huntswood’s Commercial Finance division, before moving on to become Finance Director in 2017.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Donna is married, with a child on the way. She likes to spend a lot of her time outside, is a keen runner, and plays hockey for Sonning Hockey Club.
Chief Technology and Risk Officer
Steve is responsible for ensuring that robust risk management practices are effective across the business. He oversees both the Legal and Information Technology functions, and has a real hands-on approach, working closely with many of our clients.
Steve initially joined Huntswood as a Customer Services Programme Manager back in 2003, ensuring successful delivery of our major client projects. He went on to establish a Business Improvement and Control function to ensure the continuous improvement of our core operating processes and systems.
His background in financial services operational and project management has been an asset. He worked for 18 years in customer service and project management roles in the Prudential’s Life and Pensions division. Plus, Steve brings experience from outside of financial services, having spent time as a business improvement project manager in the education sector.
Steve likes to spend as much time outdoors as possible either on the golf course, the tennis court, cycling, watching his beloved football team or walking his dog (sometimes he even spends time with his family too!).
Chief Commercial Officer
In his current role Paul is responsible for Huntswood’s Advisory Services, essentially leading the team in the provision of conduct and financial crime advisory services to help firms prevent, manage and remediate regulatory risk.
Paul is responsible for strategic direction and has Board level responsibility for the delivery of all advisory engagements.
When Paul joined Huntswood in 2010, he brought an impressive and diverse background which included regulatory, consultancy and industry experience. After graduating in law from Lancaster University, Paul started work at the Financial Services Authority, before joining KPMG’s Financial Services Advisory Practice. Following this, he worked for Barclays incorporating roles in Barclays Wealth, Barclays UK Retail Bank and its Western European Business.
When he’s not at work, Paul enjoys golf, running, Tottenham Hotspurs and spending time with his family
Chief Operating Officer
Dave is a business and customer focused senior manager with over 25 years’ experience in leading Financial Services companies. He is an enthusiastic and self-starting individual with excellent communication skills and a proven ability of leading and managing large teams and programme based activities. His background in formulating and delivering strategy, managing start up functions, re-engineering existing operations and managing cross functional teams reflects his key strengths in Operational Management.
Dave joined Huntswood in December 2014 as Director for Wealth and Asset Management helping develop new and existing client relationships. He quickly progressed to Strategy Director and in October 2016 Dave was appointed Chief Operating Officer.
When Dave’s not at work he enjoys exercise, watching and playing most sports and spending time with his family.