Our leadership team
Meet the figures that spearhead our core business units
Meet the figures that spearhead our core business units
Huntswood is organised around two core business units, both of which are underpinned by our industry-leading resourcing platform and advisory expertise.
Our Leadership Team bring significant industry, consultancy and regulatory experience – ensuring they, and their teams, are well placed to deploy best practice and deliver tangible results for clients.
Click on the images below to see a more detailed background of each member of our Leadership Team.
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 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 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 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
Paul is Huntswood's Chief Commercial Officer and has worked at Huntswood since 2010. Prior to joining Huntswood Paul worked at the FSA, KPMG and Barclays.
Paul has responsibility for commercial development of Huntswood including all activities relating to market awareness, service and proposition development, sales and marketing to support and drive client acquisition, business growth and market share.
When he’s not at work, Paul enjoys golf, running, Tottenham Hotspurs, and spending time with his family.
Managing Director Client Resource
Steve joined Huntswood in 2004 and has held a number of senior operational roles within the organisation since then. In his current role, he oversees a team delivering multiple client engagements throughout the UK in different sectors, as well as supporting other business areas with sales and development activities.
Prior to joining Huntswood, Steve initially conducted sales roles within the Royal London Group, progressing to compliance oversight roles, including the leading of the Compliance Monitoring Team in undertaking bespoke audits of regulated business areas.
His final role at Royal London involved the compliance oversight of all new business functions, including advised and non-advised sales, mortgages, and call centre-related workstreams. He holds various financial services qualifications and the Prince2 project management qualification.
Outside of work, Steve enjoys travelling, golf, and supporting his local football team (Manchester United).
Managing Director Client Solutions
Kirk joined Huntswood in October 2015, and previously worked with Huntswood as both a client and an Associate. In his current role, he is responsible for Huntswood office-based projects, as well as our Outsourcing solution.
Kirk’s experience spans the financial services industry as a whole, but with a focus on retail banking and telecoms in particular, where he has managed award-winning, large-scale operations. He has previously worked for RBS, Morgan Stanley, O2, and National Australia Group.
Kirk is a Chartered Banker and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (FCIBS). He was also the first UK winner of the European Call Centre Professional Awards.
Managing Director Advisory
Nick leads a team of regulatory and operational delivery experts that help firms achieve their goals whilst keeping risks under control, maintaining compliance with ongoing regulations, and providing customers with fair outcomes.
With responsibility for the strategic direction of the business unit, he also has Board level responsibility for the delivery of all Regulatory and Business Assurance engagements.
He has 30 years of experience in financial services; having worked for the regulator and in senior roles within regulated firms and consultancies. Before joining Huntswood, he was a supervisor at the FSA, supervising and supporting a broad range of financial services firms.
Nick enjoys all sports and is a is a passionate football (and Liverpool) fan. He enjoys going the gym, art (Fabien Perez in particular), and spending time with his family.