Board of directors

Executive directors

Gavin Oldham, Chairman

Founder of The Share Centre, having previously established Barclayshare (now Barclays Stockbrokers) for Barclays Bank, Gavin plays an active role in business affairs and is a regular contributor to radio and TV.  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 Limited. He is managing director of both those organisations and also an elected lay member of the General Synod, a Church Commissioner and a member of its Assets Committee. Gavin was recently awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours 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, in addition to Human Resources. Mike is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Fellow of the CISI. Before joining us 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.

Non-executive directors

Richard Tolkien, Non-Executive Director

Richard started his career with five years at HM Treasury, and then went on to spend 24 years as an investment banker with advisory and management experience gained in senior corporate finance and executive roles with Morgan Grenfell, HSBC and Macquarie Bank. He is retained as an independent expert witness on banking and corporate finance in litigation and arbitration and is the Chairman of the trustees of Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research. Richard serves on all the Board Committees and is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.  In view of his extensive experience, clarity of mind and questioning attitude, Richard is classed as the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.



Francesca Ecsery, Non-Executive Director

Francesca has a background in consumer-led organisations, with particular expertise in online sales, marketing and service delivery. Francesca was most recently the Global Business Development Director at Cheapflights Media, and prior to that Managing Director, International, at STA Travel Group, the world’s largest student travel company. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust, Marshall Motor Holdings plc and Vista Communications Agency, as well as a partner of Advantage Portugal LLP.  Francesca serves on all Board Committees.


Gareth Thomas, Non-Executive Director

Gareth has a background in retailing and customer service. He was an executive director on the Board of John Lewis plc for ten years until his retirement as Retail Director in 2010, having begun his career 30 years previously as a graduate. At John Lewis, he established a track record for delivering strong growth and financial results, and was a passionate believer in the importance of the employee and customer experience, and of brand reputation. Gareth is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of The Co-operative Group; Chairman of Waterside Holiday Group Ltd., and a Trustee of the American Museum in Britain. Gareth serves on all Board Committees and is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

Senior Management - The Share Centre Limited

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. 


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. Richard has spent a large part of his career at LEGO as Global Customer Service Director as well as at Adidas in Germany and, most recently with Marks and Spencer.


Linda Roberts, Director of Partnership and Change

Linda joined us in October 2009 and has responsibility for our relationships with third party partners and delivery and change management. She has extensive experience of project management and relationship management gained from senior management roles in companies servicing the financial services sector, and has overseen all major project implementations in recent years. In August 2017 Linda was appointed to the new position of Director of Partnerships and Change which reflects the importance of our third party relationships and their contribution to the Company's growth strategy.