Board of Directors
- Jonathan Davie (Non-executive chairman)
Jonathan qualified as a chartered accountant. He joined George M. Hill and Co, a jobber on the London Stock Exchange in 1969. The firm was acquired by Wedd Durlacher Mordaunt and Co where Jonathan became a partner in 1975. Jonathan was the senior dealing partner of the firm on its acquisition by Barclays Bank to form BZW in 1986. Jonathan developed BZW’s fixed income business prior to becoming CEO of the global equities business in 1991. In 1996, Jonathan became deputy chairman of BZW and then vice chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston in 1998 on its acquisition of most of BZW’s businesses. Jonathan is presently a non-executive director of Persimmon and Infrastrata and chairman of First Avenue Partners, an alternatives advisory boutique.
- Tim Howkins (Chief executive)
Tim has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Reading. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Tim was one of a group of partners and staff who left Ernst & Young in 1990 to form Rees Pollock, a firm of chartered accountants targeted at entrepreneurial, owner-managed businesses. Tim was a partner in Rees Pollock for seven years and was responsible for the group's audit. He then joined IG Group as finance director in 1999, and became chief executive in 2006. During the year, Tim was appointed as a board member of the Futures and Options Association.
- Peter Hetherington (Chief operating officer)
Peter read Economics at Nottingham University and has a Masters in Finance from the London Business School. Peter was an officer in the Royal Navy before joining us, as a graduate trainee, in 1994. He became head of financial dealing in 1999 and was appointed a director of IG Group in 2002, since when he has performed the role of chief operating officer.
- Christopher Hill (Chief financial officer)
Christopher has an MA in Modern History from Oxford University. He is a chartered accountant and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Before joining IG, he was chief financial officer of Travelex, a group providing cross-border payment and foreign exchange services to corporate and individual clients. Chris joined Travelex in 2007. Prior to this he worked at VWR international, a US-based global laboratory supply company (from 2005 to 2007), and at General Electric (2000 to 2005).
- Stephen Hill (Non-executive director)
Stephen has extensive experience in media and online businesses, having worked as the CEO of the Financial Times for Pearson between 1996 and 2002, and as the CEO of Betfair from 2003-2005. Stephen is an experienced non-executive director, and has served on the boards of RSA Insurance Group , Psion and Interactive Data Corp previously, and is currently serving on the board of Channel Four Television Corporation.
- Martin Jackson (Non-executive director)
Martin was appointed a non-executive director of IG Group and chairman of the audit committee in April 2005. He was the group finance director of Friends Provident between 2001 and 2003 and Friends Provident Life Office between 1999 and 2001. Prior to that, he was the group finance director at London & Manchester Group from 1992 to 1998 up to the date of its acquisition by Friends Provident Life Office. He is a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Admiral Group, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
- Jim Newman (Non-executive director)
Jim is currently group transformation director for Friends Life Group and Resolution, with responsibilities for overseeing the final separation and integration of the UK life businesses acquired by Resolution. Prior to his current role, Jim was a founder member and chief financial officer of Resolution LLP, and served as finance director for Resolution ltd. Before joining the current Resolution business, Jim was finance director for Resolution plc, having joined the Group in 2005 as group financial controller. Previously, Jim spent ten years at Aviva, where his roles included group integration director for the CGU/Norwich Union merger, and finance director of Norwich Union Life, Aviva’s UK life insurance business.
- Sam Tymms (Non-executive director)
Sam read Biology and Psychology at Roehampton Institute before working at the London Stock Exchange and the Securities Association from 1987 until 1992. Sam joined the Securities and Futures Authority in 1992 and held a range of supervisory roles before being seconded to the Bank of England as project manager – lead supervision major retail groups division in 1998. In 1999 she joined the FSA where she oversaw investment firms, retail banks, investment banks and insurance groups until 2007. Sam is presently a managing director at Promontory Financial Group, a leading strategy, risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm.
- Roger Yates (Senior independent non-executive director)
Roger joined the board as non-executive and senior independent director in February 2006. Roger read Modern History at Worcester College Oxford, and has 28 years' experience in fund management as an investment professional and business manager. Previously he was chief investment officer of Invesco Global and held senior roles for fund management companies LGT and Morgan Grenfell. He joined Henderson Global Investors as chief executive in 1999, and in 2003 led a de-merger from Henderson's then parent AMP, becoming chief executive of the resulting listed entity (now Henderson Group) until November 2008. In June 2009, he also became a non-executive director of F&C Asset Management, and laterly CEO of Pioneer Investments, a part of the UniCredit Group.