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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.


Richard Beaven

Derek Henry - Managing Director - Broking 

Derek Henry is Managing Director of Broking having joined Brightside’s Board effective from 1st September 2019, having supported Brightside in a Consultancy role for the previous 12 months.
Derek has a broad experience in the insurance market having operated in Personal Lines, Commercial & London markets both in the UK and internationally. Derek’s first insurance role came at RAC where he was part of the Executive team that relaunched their insurance business & bought AXA Direct Motor & Home books. He has also had previous roles at Capita Insurance Services, BGL Group and latterly Towergate where he stayed to help establish what has become the Ardonagh Group.

Derek Henry

Kerry Goodman – Director of HR

Kerry has worked for the Brightside Group as Director of HR since March 2018. Kerry has developed her career through working with a variety of  FTSE 250 brands and has experience working across a number of industries such as financial services, retail and facilities.  Brands that Kerry has worked with previously are Santander, Prudential, Kingfisher and Halfords.


Outside of work Kerry has 3 children and two pets, all who keep her extremely busy.


Kerry likes to spend her spare time socialising and having fun with her family and friends. Kerry has a passion for travelling and loves to spend time visiting new places.

Kerry Goodman

Phil Bannister - Technology Director 

Phil is Technology Director at Brightside. He joined in November 2018.


Before joining Brightside he held senior technology leadership roles for businesses within a number of big outsourcers, including G4S and Serco. At Serco, as well as providing overall technology leadership he ran a number of contracts providing IT as a service to local government customers.


Phil is married with three children and is a keen follower of motorsport, as well as being a huge fan of the rock band Rush. In his spare time he tries to keep fit at the gym and by running.

Phil Bannister

Alak Sharma - Risk & Compliance Director 

Alak is the Risk & Compliance Director at Brightside Group. She joined Brightside in May 2015. 

Alak has extensive audit, risk and compliance experience, previously being Head of Internal Audit at Brightside. Prior to her time at Brightside, Alak qualified at a Chartered Accountant with PwC and has also worked in the Internal Audit Teams within Orange and 118118. 


Away from work, Alak is married with twins who take up the majority of her spare time, and she will always find time to squeeze in the bare minimum of 10,000 steps per day.

Alak Sharma