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

Founder (1991) and formerly Chief Executive (1991-2013) of The Share Centre/Share plc, having previously established Barclayshare (now Barclays Investments) for Barclays Bank, Gavin plays an active role in business affairs and is a regular contributor to the media.

He received the Editor’s award for services to private investors from the FT/Investors Chronicle in 2013. In 2005 he founded The Share Foundation and in 2014 founded Share Radio which is now operated by Share Premium Limited.

He is managing director of both those organisations and also an elected lay member of the General Synod. Gavin was awarded the OBE in 2018 for his work supporting children and young people through The Share Foundation. As Chairman of the Group, Gavin is responsible for the overall effectiveness of the Board and its Committees.

Richard Stone, Chief Executive

Richard’s responsibilities include all aspects of oversight, including the Group’s strategy for growth, and encompass control and management of the Group’s business.

A chartered accountant, he joined Share plc in April 2006, from his previous role as a Director of Huntswood - an outsourcing business serving the financial services sector. His earlier investment market experience as an equity research analyst with the US investment bank, Robertson Stephens, included involvement in a number of initial public offerings across Europe. Prior to 2014, Richard was Group Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer.

 

Mike Birkett, Finance Director

Mike joined The Share Centre in February 2014 and has responsibility for the finance, settlement and other account administration functions.

Mike is a chartered accountant and a Chartered Fellow of the CISI. Prior to this, Mike was Finance Director at Thomas Cook Online, the e-commerce centre of excellence within Thomas Cook Group Plc. Prior to that he worked for eight years with Betfair Group plc, initially as Head of Financial Planning and Analysis and then as Finance Director of Betfair Group plc’s regulated financial trading exchange, LMAX.

Richard Stollery, Customer Experience Director

Richard joined The Share Centre in November 2017. As Director of Customer Experience, Richard has responsibility for the customer experience, from customer acquisition through to customer engagement and service delivery. He has spent a large part of his career at Xerox and LEGO as Global Customer Service Director as well as with Adidas in Germany and, most recently with Marks and Spencer.

 

John Sargeant, IT Director

John joined The Share Centre in November 2014 and has responsibility for all of the Group’s systems architecture, development and infrastructure.

John was previously 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 with One Stop, John was Business Systems Manager with Signet Jewellers Limited, the largest speciality jewellery retailer in the US, UK and Canada, whose brands include H Samuel and Ernest Jones. John is also a chartered fellow of The British Computer Society.

Linda Roberts, Director of Partnerships and Change 

Linda joined The Share Centre in 2009 and is a Chartered Member of the CISI. She has responsibility for new business development, our relationships with third party partners and delivery and change management. She has extensive experience of these areas gained from senior management roles in companies servicing the financial services sector and has overseen all major project implementations in recent years.