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Board of directors

  • The Board’s primary role is to ensure the long-term success of the business and deliver shareholder return.
  • The Board is active in setting the strategic direction, determining the risk appetite of the business and monitoring the performance of senior management.
  • The Board is composed of directors with either significant experience within the business or diverse backgrounds and skills to complement that knowledge.

Board diversity policy

Executive board members

Peter Cruddas

(CEO and Founder)

Appointed to the Board: 3 June 2004

Committee membership:

  • Executive Committee (Chair)
  • Risk Management Committee

Peter founded the Group and became its Chief Executive Officer in 1989. Peter held this role until October 2007, and again between July 2009 and June 2010. Between 2003 and March 2013, he also served as the Group’s Executive Chairman. In March 2013, he once again became the Group’s CEO, and is responsible for running the Group on a day to day basis. Prior to founding the Group, Peter was Chief Dealer and Global Group Treasury Advisor at S.C.F. Equity Services where he was responsible for all the activities of a dealing room whose principal activities were trading in futures and options in currencies, precious metals, commodities and spot forwards on foreign exchange and bullion.

David Fineberg

(Deputy Chief Executive Officer)

Appointed to the Board: 1 January 2014

Committee membership:

  • Executive Committee
  • Risk Management Committee

David joined the Group in November 1997 working on the trading desk and developed the Group’s multi asset CFD and spread bet dealing desk. As a senior dealer he was responsible for managing the UK and US equity books. Between April 2007 and September 2012 he was the Group’s Western Head of Trading, covering all asset classes for the western region. In September 2012 David was appointed to the role of Group Head of Trading and in January 2014 was appointed as the Group Director of Trading, with overall responsibility for the trading and pricing strategies and activities across the Group. In June 2017 his role further expanded when he became Group Commercial Director. In recognition of his position as a senior leader of the business and continued expansion of his responsibilities, David was appointed as Deputy CEO in April 2019.

Non-executive board members

James Richards

(CHAIRMAN)

Appointed to the Board: 1 April 2015

Committee membership:

  • Remuneration Committee
  • Group Risk Committee
  • Nomination Committee (Chair)

James joined the Group as a Non Executive Director in April 2015 and was appointed Chairman with effect from 1 January 2018. He was admitted to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales in 1984 and in the Republic of Ireland in 2012. James is a partner at Dillon Eustace, a law firm specialising in financial services in Ireland, where he has been a partner since 2012. Prior to this he was a banking and finance partner at Travers Smith LLP for fourteen years. Having occupied various senior positions within leading law firms, James has extensive experience in debt capital markets, derivatives and structured finance working with major corporates, central banks and governmental organisations.

Sarah Ing

(INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)

Appointed to the Board: 14 September 2017

Committee membership:

  • Group Audit Committee
  • Group Risk Committee (Chair)
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Nomination Committee

Sarah joined the Group as a Non Executive Director in September 2017. She has 30 years’ experience in accountancy, investment banking and fund management, including time with HSBC and UBS. She is a Chartered Accountant and was a top-rated equity research analyst covering the general financials sector. Sarah also founded and ran a hedge fund investment management business.

Clare Salmon

(INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)

Appointed to the Board: 2 October 2017

Committee membership:

  • Group Audit Committee
  • Group Risk Committee
  • Remuneration Committee (Chair)
  • Nomination Committee

Clare joined the Group as a Non Executive Director in October 2017. She has held a broad variety of international leadership roles with Board level experience across a range of service businesses. These have included the AA, RSA, Vodafone, ITV, Prudential and Royal London. Clare is also an experienced Non-Executive Director having spent six years on the Board of Alliance Trust Plc, and most recently was CEO of the British Equestrian Federation.

Paul Wainscott

(SENIOR INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR)

Appointed to the Board: 19 October 2017

Committee membership:

  • Group Audit Committee (Chair)
  • Group Risk Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Nomination Committee

Paul joined the Group as an Independent Non Executive Director in October 2017 and acts as the Group’s Senior Independent Director. Paul has over 27 years’ experience as Finance Director of the Peel Group. During his time at the Peel Group, Paul gained wide experience at both Board level and in several different business sectors. These have included real estate, transport, media and utilities.

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