Gaby joined LSL as an independent Non Executive Director on 1 September 2019 and was appointed Senior Independent Director on 30 June 2021; she is also a member of LSL’s Nominations, Remuneration and Audit & Risk Committees. Gaby has significant experience in strategy, technology, operations, and sales and marketing, particularly in the professional information solutions sector. This includes her current appointment as Chief Digital Product Officer at Reed Exhibitions (a RELX Group plc company). Gaby has previously held a number of executive strategic digital and marketing roles including Global Director of Strategy and Director of Research Strategy at Elsevier in Amsterdam. Before joining Elsevier, Gaby held a number of operating positions at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, within the Procter & Gamble group of companies, and was a senior manager at McKinsey & Co. Gaby holds a BA from the University of Cambridge.
Non Executive Director, Chair of the Board
David was appointed as an independent Non Executive Director and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees on 3 April 2023. With effect from the end of the 2023 AGM (held 25 May 2023), David was appointed Chair of the Board and the Nominations Committee. David brings a wealth of experience to LSL, following a 40-year executive and non executive career in financial services. He offers a combination of strategic leadership, transformation and operations experience, with a strong focus on value creation, customers, people, and risk and governance. He is currently Non Executive Chairman of Curtis Banks Group Plc and is a former CEO of Aviva UK and Ireland Life, Aviva’s largest business unit, achieving profit of £1bn. David’s previous non executive roles include Chair of Embark Group, Chair of Rowanmoor Group, Senior Independent Director of LV Group, Non Executive Director of LV General Insurance, Non Executive Director of The Pension Superfund, Independent Customer Champion at Quilter and Chair of Virgin Wines. He has also previously chaired the ABI Retirement and Savings Committee and was a member of the Financial Services Authority Retail Distribution Review.
Executive Director - Group Chief Financial Officer
Adam was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer on 2 November 2015. Adam has a breadth of financial skills and experience in the retail and services sectors. Adam joined LSL from French Connection Group PLC where he was the Group Finance Director. He previously held leadership roles at a number of market leading companies including O2 UK, eBay and The Walt Disney Company. Adam has over 30 years' experience in finance, having started his career with Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989.
Non Executive Director
Simon was Non Executive Chair of the LSL Board from 1 January 2015 and became Chair of the Nominations Committee on 1 May 2020. With effect from 28 April 2021 Simon stepped down from these roles as a result of his appointment as Chief Executive of Pivotal Growth Limited, which is an LSL joint venture with Pollen Street Capital. Simon has remained on the Board as a Non Executive, allowing the Group to continue to benefit from his knowledge and experience. This position will be kept under review. He was previously Deputy Chair from 2014 to 2015 and Group Chief Executive Officer until 2014, a role which he held at the time of the management buy-out of e.surv and Your Move from Aviva (formerly Norwich Union Life) in 2004. Prior to the management buy-out, Simon was responsible for the strategic direction of these companies and subsequently he oversaw and was responsible for the turnaround of the initial Group. Simon’s other directorships are limited to a small estate management company, Eveclo Holdings (an IT business), Road to Health (a healthcare provider) and the role of non executive chair at Global Property Ventures, which distributes a tenant deposit replacement product.
Independent Non Executive Director, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Designated Workforce Engagement Director
Darrell was appointed as an independent Non Executive Director on 28 February 2019 and he was appointed as Chair of the Remuneration Committee with effect from 28 April 2021. He is also member of LSL's Nominations Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee and is LSL’s designated Non Executive Director for workforce engagement. He has significant experience in financial services and is currently Managing Director, Retail Bank at the Co-Operative Bank plc. Darrell spent the first part of his career at Royal Bank of Scotland plc, where he was Managing Director, Mortgages, Loans and Retail Telephony in the retail banking division, responsible for all aspects of the Group’s mortgage proposition. Prior to that he was Product Director for the RBS retail bank. Darrell has also held senior executive roles at Direct Line Insurance Group plc, Virgin Money plc and The Consulting Consortium, where he was CEO.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Sonya was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director on 4 March 2022. She is also a member of LSL’s Remunerations Committee, Nominations Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee. Sonya has significant experience in banking, finance, strategy, investor relations, governance and ESG, which she has gained from her roles in the consumer sector. This includes her current appointment as Head of Investor Relations at Haleon. Sonya was previously Head of Investor Relations at Heineken and prior to her current role had provided investor relations and consultancy services as Clear Giraffe IR. Sonya’s previous experience also includes senior roles with investment banks, including Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. She qualified as an accountant with KPMG and holds a BAcc (Hons) in Accountancy and Economics.
Independent Non Executive Director and Chair of the Group’s Audit & Risk Committee
James was appointed as an independent Non Executive Director and as Chair of LSL’s Audit & Risk Committee on 27 September 2021. He also serves on the Group’s Nominations and Remunerations Committees. James has significant experience in audit, risk and financial services, particularly in retail financial services. This includes his current appointment as CFO at Barclays Bank UK plc. James was previously CFO at Aldermore plc and acting CFO at the Co-operative Bank. His previous experience also includes senior roles in Finance and Internal Audit at Skipton Building Society. James qualified as an accountant with KPMG and holds a BA from the University of Nottingham.
Group Chief Executive Officer
David was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer on 1 May 2020 and has primary responsibility for the performance, strategy and development of LSL. Prior to this David was a Non-Executive Director having joined the Board on 1 May 2015. He was until the 1 May 2020 also Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees. David has significant experience in finance, strategy, operations, risk and compliance with a particular expertise in financial services. Previously, he was Chief Executive of the Coventry Building Society (2006-2014), having earlier served as Finance Director and Operations Director. Prior to joining the Coventry, David spent ten years at DBS Management plc, holding a number of board positions including Group Chief Executive and Group Finance Director. David was until 2 September 2022 also the non executive chair of the Enra Group. David is a Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick (KPMG) and is a graduate of Warwick University.
Sapna Bedi FitzGerald
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Sapna is a solicitor (qualified in 1998) and has been in the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary at LSL since 2004. Prior to the management buy-out of Your Move and e.surv, Sapna was a member of Aviva Life Legal Services and had since 2001 formed part of the team that supported Your Move and e.surv Chartered Surveyors.