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Meet the 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.

Mark Cliff - Executive Chairman

Mark Cliff is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman at Brightside Group. He joined the company in May 2015.

Prior to Brightside, Mark held the position of Chief Executive of Retail and Distribution at Ageas Insurance Ltd where he was responsible for all Ageas UK's broker distribution and affinity relationships, as well as Ageas's owned distribution businesses comprising Kwik Fit Financial Services, Ageas Insurance Solutions, RIAS and Castle Cover.

Prior to Ageas, Mark worked at AXA Insurance, where he held the position of Markets, Managing Director, and was responsible for all distribution channels, commercial branch operations, as well as customer service and marketing.

In his early career, Mark worked at RSA in a variety of roles for 15 years.

Mark is also Deputy Chairman of BIBAs Large Broker Advisory Board and Vice President of the CII.

Mark Cliff

Ian Sutherland - Chief Financial Officer 

Ian is Chief Finance Officer at Brightside Group. He joined Brightside in May 2014.

Prior to his time at Brightside, Ian held a number of senior positions across the financial services, telecoms and FMCG sectors, including spells as CEO and CFO of Barbon Insurance Group. He has also spent time working as Finance Director for Equity Insurance Brokers and held various financial positions in over ten years working for Coca Cola & Schweppes. 

Away from work Ian is a keen sports fan.

Ian Sutherland

David Sweeney - Managing Director, Niche Business 

David Sweeney is Managing Director at Brightside Group with responsibility for the group’s niche business and the Southampton and Torquay offices David is a member of the Executive Committee and Board. David joined in February 2016.

Prior to joining Brightside, David Sweeney was the Director of General Insurance at Sterling Insurance and prior to that worked for Hiscox fulfilling a number of senior roles.

He joined the insurance industry as a graduate trainee at the Royal, working his way up through the business to head up Royal Insurance Direct (now More Th>n), before leaving to join Independent Insurance and then Hiscox. David is married, has three children and lives in Essex.

David Sweeney

Russell Bence - Managing Director, Volume Lines 

Russell Bence is Managing Director of Brightside Group with responsibility for volume lines in the Head Office at Aust. He joined us in May 2016.

Russell began his career at Swinton’s, and fulfilled a variety of sales and management roles. More recently Russell has worked as M.D for Markerstudy’s retail division and previous to that, he was business development manager at HSBC insurance brokers.

Russell Bence