The Group continues to trade under the Domestic & General name. The board of Galaxy Midco 1 Limited have delegated the day to day operations to the Executive Committee of the business.
The board of Galaxy Midco 1 Limited and the Executive Committee is set out below:
Chief Executive Officer
Ian is an experienced CEO with a strong track record of growth and transformation, having taken Electrocomponents PLC, a FTSE 250 company, from a traditional catalogue operation into a leading eCommerce business with strong international growth.
Ian was CEO of Electrocomponents PLC from 2001 to 2015. He joined the business in 1995 and held a number of leadership roles prior to being appointed CEO.
Ian has experience of the strategic, systems, and service challenges of growing and transforming a business. He also has non-executive experience, today of Qinetiq Group PLC. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a PhD from Cambridge University and started his commercial career at McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group. Ian joined Domestic & General on 4 July 2016.
David has over 40 years of experience in both executive and non-executive roles at a variety of businesses across the consumer, retail, business services and financial services sectors. He began his career at Unilever before progressing through a series of senior finance roles, including Group Finance Director of GUS plc (the owner of Experian, Burberry and Home Retail Group prior to their demerger) from 1997-2006.
David has extensive experience of chairmanship at a number of the UK's largest and most established public companies. He is currently Chairman of J Sainsbury plc, a position he has held since 2009, and of Hammerson plc, since 2013, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of Burberry Group plc (where he will step down in December 2015). He was Chairman of Logica plc (2006-12) and of 3i Quoted Private Equity plc (2007-09), and a Non-Executive Director of Experian plc (2006-12) and of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (2007-09). He has also been Chairman of Hampstead Theatre since 2012.
David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He holds an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom joined Domestic & General in September 2017 and is an experienced Group CFO. Most recently he was CFO at Infinis PLC, one of the UK’s largest listed independent renewable energy businesses.
Prior to this, Tom spent 12 years with Centrica where he held a number of finance and strategy roles, including CFO of Centrica Energy Canada and Financial Controller of British Gas.
Tom has been a trustee on the Christian Aid board since 2010 and chairs its Finance and Fundraising committee.
Tom is CIMA qualified and holds a BA from Oxford University.
Chief Information Officer
Mike joined Domestic & General as Chief Information Officer in November 2017 to lead both the IT and Transformation functions. Mike previously held senior roles at Three, BskyB, and more recently, director roles at EasyJet and the DX Group.
Mike is also a member of the board of Trustees that governs the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Group Customer Strategy Director
Joe joined the Domestic & General graduate scheme in November 1998 and has worked in a variety of roles across the business. He was appointed Underwriting Director in 2007 and is now responsible for our Customer Strategy encompassing our Marketing, Commercial, Underwriting & Pricing functions. Joe is a qualified management accountant.
Customer Contact Director
Jo Hale is our Customer Contact Director. Over the last few years Jo has been working with high growth businesses in the South West on their people and customer strategies. Prior to this Jo worked for 17 years at RAC, where she lead the sales and services membership area.
Julia joined as Transformation Director at the start of January 2017. She has extensive experience of delivering major change within the Insurance Industry including the role of Strategic Project Director at Prudential UK. Prior to that she was a Director within Deloitte where she undertook many different programme delivery and consultancy assignments over a 12 year period.
Head of UK Client Management & New Business Sales
Steve was appointed a director of the Company in February 2017. Steve joined Domestic & General seven years ago, previously holding Marketing Director and subsequently the Sales & Marketing Director roles. Steve has worked in the industry for over 15 years and previously held senior sales roles with both Homeserve and Allianz Insurance.
Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer
Niamh joined Domestic & General as Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer in November 2017, and leads the Legal, Compliance & Risk, and Data Protection functions. Niamh previously worked at Visa Europe as Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer. Prior to this, she was a director at Lloyds Banking Group, and partner at a City law firm.
Niamh studied Law at Trinity College Dublin and is a trustee of Rosa, the only UK fund for women and girl’s issues.
Group HR Director
Nick was appointed Group HR Director in December 2016; he also has responsibility for the Group Communications Function. Prior to joining Domestic & General Nick was Head of HR for HSBC in the UK. Nick studied HR at University and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.
Debbie Hewitt MBE
Independent Non-executive director
Debbie joined the Board on 17 December 2013. Debbie has held a variety of operational, HR and general management roles with Marks and Spencer and RAC. She is a former Managing Director of RAC plc and is currently non-executive Chairman of Moss Bros Group plc, Visa UK, White Stuff Group Limited and Evander Group Limited and is non-executive director of NCC Group plc, Redrow PLC and BGL Group Limited. Debbie has previously held non-executive directorships at De Vere Group plc, HPI Limited, The Alumasc Group plc, Mouchel plc, Luminar plc and the Office of Government and Commerce. In 2011 Debbie was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Business and to the Public Sector. She holds an MBA (distinction) from Bath University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (FCIPD).
Robin (Pev) Hooper
Pev became a director of the Company on 12 August 2013 in preparation for the acquisition of Domestic & General Group Holdings Limited by funds managed by CVC Capital Partners. Pev is a Partner of CVC and joined them in 2004. Prior to joining CVC, Pev worked for Citigroup and Schroders in their M&A departments. He holds an MA Degree from Oxford University.
Peter became a director of the Company on 12 August 2013 in preparation for the acquisition of Domestic & General Group Holdings Limited by funds managed by CVC Capital Partners. Peter is a partner of CVC and joined them in 2007. Prior to joining CVC, he worked for Advent International and Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking Division. Peter holds an MA Degree from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.
Audit & Risk Committee
The members of the Audit Committee are its Chairman, David Tyler, Andy Crossley, Pev Hooper, Peter Rutland, Debbie Hewitt, and David Wells. The Committee has an established annual plan of work, and its responsibilities include: the review of the annual and quarterly financial statements (including the reasonableness of areas of judgement); review of the appropriateness of the Group's accounting principles and procedures; review of the effectiveness of the audit process and the relationship of the Company with its external auditors including the level and nature of non-audit services; review of the effectiveness of the internal audit function; and, review of the effectiveness of the Group's internal controls, risk management and compliance processes.
The members of the Remuneration Committee are its Chairman, David Tyler, Pev Hooper, Peter Rutland and Debbie Hewitt. The Committee has responsibility for determining the overall framework and policy for remuneration of the Chairman, the independent non-executive directors, the executive directors and senior executives of the Group. The remuneration policy for executive directors and senior management is to provide packages that are intended to attract, motivate and retain high calibre individuals, to develop the Group further and enhance its value.