Our cookie policy

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience of our website. If you continue, we'll assume you're happy for your web browser to receive all cookies from our website. See our Privacy & security policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.

× Back

Meet the Brightside Team

Our leaders are a passionate team of individuals whose purpose is to ensure Brightside is run efficiently and effectively and for the good of our customers, our insurers, our partners and our people.


Brendan McCafferty - Group Chief Executive Officer 

Brendan McCafferty is CEO of the Brightside Group. He joined the company in August 2018.


Brendan has worked in the insurance industry for over thirty years; running large insurance companies and start up’s in both personal and commercial business lines. His previous role was CEO of AXA Insurance.  He was also founding CEO of Flood Re, between 2014-2017, overseeing the creation of one of the industry’s most enduring recent success stories. 


Brendan is a qualified accountant with previous roles that include President, Willis UK at Willis and Associate Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1996 to 2002.


Brendan is married with three children and is a keen Liverpool FC supporter.


Brendan McCafferty

James Slade - Chief Financial Officer 

James is Chief Finance Officer at Brightside Group. He joined Brightside in November 2015.

Prior to his time at Brightside, James was Head of Finance at Friends Life Group, having previously spent 10 years at Deloitte where he trained as a Chartered Accountant. 

Away from work James has three young children who take up the majority of his spare time.  He is an ECB cricket coach, running youth cricket teams for his local club and enjoys a round of golf when time allows.

James Slade

Richard Beaven – Group Chief Operating Officer

Richard Beaven is COO of the Brightside Group.   He joined the company in April 2019.

Richard is a highly experienced executive with a successful track record in a number of blue chip companies. He was most recently the Distribution Director of Swinton Group and prior to that he has had an extensive career in Financial Services including senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Reuters, Bank of New York and Barclays.


Richard is a leading advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, was a trustee of Stonewall and speaks regularly on the topic.


Away from work Richard is a keen traveller, foodie and is passionate about cars and music.