Brightside Group [Brightside] has appointed Richard Beaven as Group Chief Operating Officer (COO). Richard began his new role on 15 April and will report to Group CEO Brendan McCafferty.
The move, which was announced at the end of 2018, is a key part of Mr McCafferty’s plans to further enhance service to customers and to build stronger and deeper relationships with distribution partners in an increasingly digitised sector.
Brendan said: “I have made clear that to thrive and prosper in the future, brokers need to build scale, to be active in niche business and to fully embrace digital.”
“Brightside is now some distance along the path to becoming fully digitised, but with Richard on board as Group COO we can give additional focus to executing this part of our strategy in full and across the group.”
“Richard is a highly experienced executive with a successful track record in a number of blue chip financials, most recently at Swinton, where he was distribution director. I’m delighted to welcome him to Brightside.”
Richard Beaven said: “I’m excited to be joining Brendan and the Brightside team. The group has a clearly defined strategy, so my role is all about execution, and overseeing the further digital transformation of the business – culturally as well as operationally - into a digital broker fit for the next decade.”
About Richard Beaven:
Richard was distribution director of Swinton Group for three years, leaving in 2018. He has had an extensive career in Financial Services including senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Reuters, Bank of New York and Barclays. He was also a trustee at Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT charity.
About Brightside Group
Brightside Group https://www.brightsideinsurance.co.uk is a leading UK insurance broker. Brightside delivers car, home and business insurance to hundreds of thousands of customers across the UK.
Our brands include Brightside (for Brightside Car and Van), One Insurance Solution (OIS) for business and personal insurance, CVD (Commercial Vehicle Direct) and Brightside Bike. The group also owns a number of specialist brands, including IQED (medical reporting), and ProSport, a specialist insurer for professional and semi-pro sports people.
Our partnership with some of the biggest UK insurers means we can find the best possible products for our customers at a fair price. We are also investing in new technology to deliver an unrivalled service, both online and on the telephone.