The Watchstone board has experience and knowledge of both the technology and financial services, and is committed to the highest levels of corporate governance.
Richard Rose is Non-Executive Chairman of Escape Hunt plc and Innovative Bites Limited.
Previously, he has held a number of positions in organisations such as AO World plc where he was Non-Executive Chairman from 2008 to 2016 and Booker Group plc where he was Non-Executive Chairman.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Stefan was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in January 2018 having previously served as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Stefan, a qualified solicitor, has more than twenty years’ experience working in and advising both listed and high growth private companies in consumer facing and technology sectors.
Stefan spent seven years with Investec plc in its Investment Banking division and has held Board positions in a broad range of roles from Chief Executive Officer (Redbus Media Group) to Corporate Development & Investment Director (Clerkenwell Ventures plc).
Rt Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne QC
Senior Non-executive Director
Michael Howard is the former leader of the Conservative Party, a distinguished lawyer, and served as a Member of Parliament for 27 years.
He filled many government posts, including Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Employment and Secretary of State for the Environment, as well as Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Chancellor.
After his retirement from the House of Commons at the 2010 General Election, Lord Howard was created a Life Peer. He was created a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2011.
David qualified as an accountant with Arthur Andersen before joining Morgan Grenfell as an Investment Banker specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions. In 1994, he joined listed insurance broker Bradstock Group PLC, initially as Finance Director before becoming Chief Operating Officer and, ultimately, Chief Executive. On leaving, David joined Barchester Group, a strategic and advisory business aimed at technology businesses.
David has held numerous Non-executive positions and audit committee chairs with insurance and financial services businesses. He is currently a Non-executive Director of Premium Credit Limited, Key Retirement Group and Seven Investment Management LLP.