We are Simply Business

Creators (movers and shakers) of the UK's largest business insurance broker.

Who runs things, at Simply Business?

Our ‘chiefs’ and ‘directors’ all have one thing in common: they want to change the way you choose and buy insurance for your small business or rental (for the better, of course!)

But, honestly, that’s really just the start of it. We’re harnessing the power of data and technology to create something better - for our customers, our employees, and the world in which we operate.

We are over 350 staff strong, in two UK-based offices, with a growing U.S. presence. Whether it’s providing expert help with your policy, or building an intuitive online experience, our teams in London, Northampton, and Boston have you covered.

Jason Stockwood – Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for developing Simply Business, Jason sets the challenge for defying the insurance company stereotype. From technology and data science to customer experience and people engagement, Jason’s leading our mission to create something better.

Jason joined Simply Business from global dating website match.com, where he was International Managing Director. He’s also spent time as Managing Director at Travelocity Business, and held roles at Trailfinders, lastminute.com, Skyscanner and The Drinkaware Trust.

In 2016, Jason won overall Best Leader at the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For awards, completing our Best Companies hat-trick. We’d already picked up the Best Company to Work For award, two years running.

Chris Slater – Chief Executive Officer (U.S.)

Having joined the business in 2004, Chris has watched us grow from one policy to over 400,000, making sure we have some fun along the way. Chris has been an ever-present on our way to becoming one of the UK’s biggest providers of small business insurance, leveraging technology and data to disrupt the market.

Co-founding and launching the world’s first quote-and-buy system for small businesses, Chris is now leading Simply Business’ expansion into the U.S., aiming to make it easier for the self-employed to get protected.

Before his time at Simply Business, Chris was also involved in the launch of MORE TH>N, and spent time at RSA.

David Summers – Chief Operating Officer

David helps the business innovate and grow through data-driven decision making, maintaining a culture of empowerment and learning throughout the business.

With customer insight at the core, David’s responsible for our product development and operations, amongst other things, utilising our tech and data capabilities to drive the business forward.

David joined Simply Business in 2006 from Accenture, where he was a Management Consultant. Before stepping into his role as Chief Operating Officer, David oversaw our Northampton contact centre, whilst working on a number of growth-accelerating projects and partnerships.

Lukas Oberhuber – Chief Technology Officer

Lukas joined Simply Business in 2010, and is responsible for keeping us flexible and agile, through technology. Since joining, he’s implemented the Lean Startup methodology, and Agile, transforming the speed and efficiency of product development. Lukas’ work led to us being named the ‘Most Agile Aware Organisation’ at the 2011 UK Agile Awards, and he continues to create a culture of tech excellence.

Before Simply Business, Lukas was at Forward Internet Group, where he was responsible for Agile development teams during a period of large-scale expansion. He’s also held management roles at Sapient, and he founded internet telecoms company, SipAlive.

Fiona McSwein – Chief Marketing Officer

Fiona’s focus is on spreading the word of Simply Business to the UK’s small business and landlord community, through customer-focused and data-driven marketing.

Having founded and run two small businesses of her own, Fiona knows more than most the challenges that our customers face, coupling this with over 20 years’ experience at the likes of Euromoney and lastminute.com.

Since 2014, Fiona has led our data-driven marketing strategy (we are obsessed with data), with a constant focus on effective, knowledge-based communication, driven by our values and grounded in insight.

Neil Edwards – Chief Financial Officer

Since joining in 2015, Neil has been providing crucial insight to guide the business on strategy, and help us make sound financial decisions.

Along with planning, budgeting and forecasting the financial performance of the business, Neil has led our finance department to a Finance Team of the Year award, whilst enabling a culture of compliance.

With over 20 years’ experience, Neil has previously spent time at Amazon, eBay, PayPal, MoneyGram and Goldman Sachs.

Alan Thomas – Chief Commercial Officer

Alan joined us as Chief Commercial Officer in 2016, bringing with him over 15 years’ experience having previously worked for Hiscox and RSA.

To ensure we’re able to offer the best products and deals to our customers, Alan manages the relationships with our insurer partners and suppliers, using his wealth of expertise as a Chartered Insurer.

Kelly Harris – Legal and Social Impact Director

Kelly ensures that we understand our legal and regulatory requirements, and meet them in a way which enables continued innovation.

Having joined in 2015, Kelly is a UK-qualified lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in regulated industries. Before joining Simply Business, she spent 10 years at Roche, the world’s largest biotech company, five years in online credit broking, and five years in various City legal practices.

Phil Williams – Managing Director MGA

Phil joined us as Pricing Director in 2014, coming from Lancaster Insurance Services (a division of Capita). Having run strategy, operations, and a number of change and integration programmes, Phil is now Managing Director of our own brand MGA.

In his previous roles, Phil created one of the world’s most advanced commercial insurance rating engines, was responsible for much of the analysis that took us into the U.S. market, and helped shape a 21st century contact centre environment.

Deborah Holland - Commercial Director and General Manager - Northampton

Joining us in 2010 from Hiscox, Deborah uses her vast insurance experience to work with our underwriting team to strengthen our MGA (managing general agent) offering. Deborah focuses on embracing technology and the opportunities it provides for growth and customer satisfaction, whilst maintaining the personal elements of a broker relationship.

Deborah’s also responsible for making sure we deliver best-in-class customer service through our contact centre in Northampton, reinforcing our company values - Simplicity, Honesty, Authenticity, Learning, and Empowerment - across a team of over 200 people.

Stewart Duncan – Chief Analytics Officer

During his time at Simply Business, Stewart has worked on defining and driving the data-driven culture now embedded throughout the business.

Stewart has led the implementation of a real-time data enrichment and machine learning platform that we use to improve our customers’ experience across the whole journey. It’s won us all sorts of awards.

Bringing with him over a decade of experience when he joined in 2014, Stewart has also worked with Expedia, Sony PlayStation, Deloitte and Accenture.

Beatriz Montoya – Marketing Channels Director

Bea’s responsible for innovation across our marketing strategies, with data, technology and personalisation at the core.

Since joining in 2015, Bea’s successfully integrated key technologies across our market-leading CRM (customer relationship management) and PPC (pay-per-click) channels, driving customer engagement and marketing efficiency.

Before Simply Business, Bea spent time at Euromoney, and more recently, Time Inc. as Consumer Marketing Director.

Laura Winter – Director of Insurance Product

Laura joined Simply Business in 2008 from Ageas, taking on her role as Director of Insurance Product in 2016.

Managing a team of product specialists, Laura helps the business understand our customers’ needs through data and insight, before designing and building flexible, tailored products.