Board of Directors

Comprising highly-experienced experts from across the financial services sector, our management team is passionate about investing and committed to delivering outstanding service to all of our customers.

Gavin Oldham, Chairman

Gavin is the founder of The Share Centre and was Chief Executive of the Group from 1991 to 2013. He previously established Barclayshare (now Barclays Stockbrokers).

Gavin plays an active role in setting the Group’s strategy and in business affairs generally, and is a leading proponent of a more egalitarian form of capitalism. He founded and chairs The Share Foundation, a registered charity which operates the Junior ISA and Child Trust Fund schemes for Looked After young people throughout the UK on behalf of the Department for Education, and Share Radio. Gavin is also a member of General Synod of the Church of England and a Church Commissioner (including its Assets Committee).

In 2013 he received the Editor’s award for services to private investors from the FT/Investors Chronicle. In 2018 he was awarded the OBE for services to children and young people via The Share Foundation.

 

Richard Stone, Chief Executive

Richard joined us in 2006 as Financial Director, before succeeding Gavin Oldham as Chief Executive in 2014.

A qualified chartered accountant, Richard gained investment experience early in his career as an equity research analyst with the US investment bank, Robertson Stephens, before becoming Financial Controller at ECsoft (now CIBER Inc). He joined us from Huntswood (an outsourcing business serving the financial services sector), where he was a director.

 

 

Mike Birkett, Finance Director

Mike is a qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience working in high-volume, transactional, online businesses. He is responsible for our finance operations and human resources.

Before joining us in 2014, Mike was Finance Director at Thomas Cook Online. He also spent eight years with Betfair Group plc as Head of Financial Planning and Analysis, and Finance Director of LMAX, Betfair’s financial trading exchange.

 

Richard Stollery, Customer Experience Director

Richard looks after customer experience, from acquisition through to engagement and service delivery.

Prior to joining us in 2017, Richard worked for some of the world’s most recognised brands, including nine years at LEGO, where he was Global Customer Services Director. He has also been Global CRM Director at Adidas, Head of Customer Sales and Service Centre Transformation at Marks & Spencer and General Manager for Direct Operations at Xerox. 

 

 

John Sargeant, IT Director

John is responsible for our systems architecture, development and infrastructure.

Before joining The Share Centre in November 2014, John was Head of IT at One Stop, the retail convenience subsidiary of Tesco plc, with over 750 stores across England and Wales. Prior to his seven years at One Stop, John was Business Systems Manager at Signet Jewellers Limited, whose brands include H Samuel and Ernest Jones.

 

Linda Roberts, Director of Partnerships and Change 

Linda is responsible for our relationships with third party partners and delivery and change management. She has extensive experience of project management and relationship management, and has overseen all major project implementations in recent years.

Before joining us in October 2009, Linda held senior management roles in various companies servicing the financial services sector. She holds a number of practitioner level qualifications in change management disciplines and is a member of the CISI.