SimplyBiz Group plc (LON: SBIZ), the leading independent provider of compliance and business services to financial advisers and financial institutions in the UK, has today announced the appointment of Gary Hughes as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit Committee with effect from 8 January 2019. Gary will be appointed as Head of the Audit Committee following the announcement of the results for the year ended 31 December 2018.
Gary Hughes qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst and Whinney before moving to take up industry roles which included finance director at Forte Plc, Emap Plc and Gala Coral Group. Whilst holding these executive positions, Gary was also a Non-Executive Director and chaired the audit committee for each of J Sainsbury Plc, for 10 years, and Booker Group Plc, for two years. Gary also held a senior position at Apax Partners and advised at board level for a number of their investments. Since leaving Apax in 2018, Gary has taken up a number of non-executive director appointments.
Ken Davy, SimplyBiz Group plc Non-Executive Chairman, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Gary to the SimplyBiz Board. He brings a wealth of public company experience and will complement the range of skills we currently have on the Board. We all look forward to working with Gary.”