Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors Photos & Biographies

Andy Thompson
Chief Executive Officer
Andy joined the Board of Quilter Financial Planning in April 2014 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2015, subsequently leading the acquisition of the Caerus and Lighthouse businesses. Prior to that he was Distribution Director, leading the Distribution team to provide first-class products and solutions for customers and to recruit and support advisers, including the acquisitions of Positive Solutions (approximately 700 advisers) and 250 advisers from Sesame Bankhall Group. Andy joined Quilter Financial Planning in early 2012, when Quilter Financial Planning acquired his businesses, Blueprint Financial Services and Blueprint Distribution. As a start-up in 2003, Andy proved his entrepreneurial flair by growing Blueprint to 180 advisers before its sale. He was a financial adviser before being appointed to become a Regional Director for the Zurich Advice Network, managing and leading the London region for over five years. Andy has an executive MBA from London Business School, having graduated in 1999. Andy was appointed as a director of Lighthouse Group plc on 12 June 2019 and assumed the Chief Executive role on 16 September 2019.

Peter Smith
Group Finance Director

Peter is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was a corporate finance and assurance partner with KPMG. He has considerable experience of the UK financial services sector, both from an assurance and corporate advisory capacity and more latterly as an executive director. Peter’s responsibilities include Finance, Treasury and Legal matters, as well as strategic initiatives.

Darren Sharkey
Darren joined the Board of Quilter Financial Planning in February 2017 and has worked within the Quilter group for over 20 years. He was heavily involved in the acquisition of Quilter Financial Planning by Old Mutual Wealth (now Quilter) and has a wealth of knowledge from his previous role as Finance Director, including reporting, business planning and proposition development expertise. Darren is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland (FCA). Darren was appointed as Managing Director of the National Advice division of Quilter Financial Planning in March 2019 and as a Director of Lighthouse Group plc on 12 June 2019 following the Company being acquired by Quilter Financial Planning on that date.

NB: Richard Last resigned as Chairman and a Director of the Company and Alex Scott-Barrett, Michelle Cracknell and Ann Roughead resigned as Directors of the Company on 12 June 2019 following completion of the acquisition of the Company by Intrinsic Financial Services Limited.