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Dr Carol Coombes, OBE, D Univ
Non-executive Director

Dr Carol Coombes has served as Chief Executive of the Citizens Advice Bureaux in Birmingham and later became Senior Programme Director for Common Purpose in the West Midlands. She moved to Carat, an organisation dedicated to transforming business leadership and then left to set up her own business, Cracking Leadership. Carol was awarded a doctorate from Birmingham City University for her Outstanding Contribution to Business and in November 2009 was awarded an OBE for her Services to Leadership and her Charitable Work. Carol joined the board of BHSF Group Limited in October 2014.

Hilary D'Cruz, LLB (Hons)
Non-executive Director

Hilary D'Cruz is a Partner in Ansons in Lichfield where she is Head of Corporate and Commercial Law. Hilary joined the board of BHSF Group Limited as a non-executive director in October 2014.

John Hardy, B.Com, FIA
Non-executive Director

John Hardy qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1982 while at the head office of Britannic Assurance where he held a number of senior positions including Senior Underwriter, Product and Business Development Manager and Business Architect. Since retiring from Britannic John has undertaken consultancy work and currently works as a volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureau. John joined the board of BHSF Group Limited as a non-executive director in July 2014.

Andrew Milner, LL.D, DMS, DipM, FIMgt, MCIM

Andrew Milner was appointed Chairman in August 2017. Andrew is an experienced local authority chief officer and company director. He was previously a director of BHSF from 2001 to 2009 and was reappointed to the Group board in 2013.

Brian Hall, FInstSMM, Chartered Director
Chief Commercial Officer

Brian Hall has been with BHSF since August 2001 and was elected to the Board of BHSF Limited in October 2001 and of BHSF Group Limited on 2 July 2003. He was appointed Managing Director of BHSF Employee Benefits Limited on 1 February 2014.

Charlotte Taylor, MA, BA(Hons) ACIS, LLDip
Director and Company Secretary

Charlotte Taylor joined BHSF as Assistant Company Secretary in 2005, and became Company Secretary in 2008. She was appointed a director of all the Group's operating companies in 2012. She became Group Company Secretary in April 2018.

David Nuttall, MBA, Chartered MCIPD
Chief People Officer

David Nuttall joined BHSF as Company Secretary in January 2002, on our acquisition of The Health Scheme, and was appointed Customer Service Manager in October 2003. He became Customer Service Director on his appointment to the subsidiary company Boards on 1 August 2008 and HR and Operations Director on 1 January 2010. He joined the board of BHSF Group Limited in 2014, and is Group HR Director.

William G Begg, BSc
Non-executive Director

Bill Begg was appointed to the Boards of BHSF's subsidiary companies on 1 May 2008. Having retired after a career in the automotive industry, he still maintains a number of business interests in the UK and abroad.

Chris Wiggin
Non-executive Director

Christopher Wiggin has spent most of his career in the insurance and risk law business, opening BLM's Birmingham office in 1990 taking the company from just two to 185 employees. He now works for Shakespeare Martineau and joined the board of BHSF Group Limited in July 2017.

Jill Bonehill
Non-executive Director

Jill Bonehill had a career in general insurance with Legal and General, Minster Group and Cigna before a career break to have her children. She now works for the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals and is a volunteer adviser for the Citizens Advice Bureau. Jill was appointed a non-executive director of BHSF Limited and BHSF Employee Benefits Limited in May 2014 and joined the Group board in 2015.

Chief Medical Officer

Philip McCrea was the owner of Occupational Health Consultants (OHC) which he formed in 1994. The Company was bought by BHSF Occupational Health in 2013 and Philip joined the Company as Head of Clinical Governance. He joined the board in November 2014 and became Managing Director on 1 February 2015. Philip was appointed to the Group board in 2016. Philip is also Chief Medical Officer for the Group.

Ian Galer, BA(Hons), FCA
Group Chief Executive

Ian Galer joined BHSF in May 2013 as Head of Finance and immediately joined the Senior Management Team. He was appointed to the board in 2014 and became Group Chief Executive on 1 September 2017.

Paul Brady
Head of Contact Centre

Paul Brady joined BHSF in 1999 and held management positions within Sales and Marketing and Customer Services. He was appointed Head of Contact Centre in January 2009.

Geoff Guerin, MBA, BA(Hons)
Chief Operations Officer

Geoff Guerin joined BHSF on the Graduate Programme in 2006. He has held a number of positions, becoming Managing Director of BHSF Limited in December 2015. He joined the board of BHSF Group Limited in 2014.

Mike Tresham, B.Com, CMgr
Head of Insurance Operations

Mike Tresham joined BHSF on the graduate programme in November 2003. He became the Assistant Customer Service Manager in 2009 and Operations Manager in 2011. He was appointed to the Senior Management Team as Head of Operations in July 2013 and was appointed Head of Insurance Operations in February 2014.

Shelley Rowley, BSc, MSc
Head of Marketing

Shelley Rowley joined BHSF as Marketing Manager in 2011. She was appointed to the Senior Management Team as Head of Marketing in July 2013.

Steve Munday, CIRM
Head of Technical, Compliance and Risk

Steve joined BHSF in 2006 as Technical and Compliance Officer. He became Technical and Compliance Manager in 2011. He was appointed to the Senior Management Team as Head of Technical, Compliance and Risk in October 2013.

Melanie Tavener, BA (Hons), MSc, Chartered MCIPD
Head of HR

Melanie Tavener joined BHSF on the graduate programme in 2005. She became HR Officer in 2009 and in this time completed her MSc and achieved her Chartered Membership of the CIPD. Melanie is accredited by the British Psychological Society and runs BHSF's in-house psychometric profiling. Melanie became Head of HR in July 2014.

Gary Cowdrill
Senior Non Executive Director

Gary Cowdrill, Managing Director of Board Evaluation Limited joined the board of BHSF Group Limited as a Non-executive Director in December 2015 and became Senior Independent Director in August 2017. A chartered accountant and former Group Finance Director of the West Bromwich Building Society, Gary has had wide experience in the financial services industry over many years, covering areas including corporate finance, treasury and structured finance. Over a career spanning five decades, he has also worked on many acquisitions, disposals, new business initiatives and financing transactions.

Richard Evanson BSc (Hons)
Head of IT

Richard Evanson joined BHSF in March 2015 and was appointed Head of IT on 1 December 2015.

Tom Ross
Chief Finance Officer

Tom Ross joined BHSF in September 2014 as Financial Accountant. He was appointed Head of Finance on 1 March 2015 and joined the Group Board as Finance Director on 1st September 2017.

Adrian Hope
Chief Information Officer

Adrian Hope joined BHSF as IT Director in September 2016. He was appointed to the Group board in August 2017 when he became Group IT Director.

Jonathan Byfield
Head of Intermediary

Jonathan joined BHSF in 2014 as Broker Manager (South). Jonathan was appointed Head of Intermediary in July 2016.

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