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Board of directors

Groups

Board Members


Alison Platt

Alison Platt

Non-Executive Chair

Appointed to the Board:
February 2024

Skills, competence and experience:
Alison has extensive leadership experience across both private and listed companies in the healthcare, financial services, retail and property, and regulated sectors. Alison was CEO of Countrywide from 2014 – 2018 and prior to that she held several senior roles at BUPA, including as Managing Director of its International Development Markets business. She was previously a Non-executive director of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Chair of Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc, a member of Hampton-Alexander review steering group advising on diversity and inclusion and Chair of Opportunity Now.

Committee membership:
Nomination and Governance Committee (Chair)

Other current appointments:
Non-Executive Director and Chair of Remuneration Committee at Tesco plc
Non-executive director of Inchcape plc
Non-executive director of Spectrum Wellness Holdings Limited
Chair of Ageas (UK) Limited

Dan Olley

Dan Olley

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the Board:
June 2019
Chief Executive Officer since August 2023 (Independent Non-Executive Director June 2019 – August 2023)

Skills, competence and experience:
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Dan was CEO of dunnhumby Ltd from January 2022. Dan joined HL as a seasoned and experienced senior technology leader and has a track record of driving digital transformations in established businesses, including financial services, insurance, business information solutions, research, and healthcare. Dan brings a problem solving and analytical skillset, along with experience of successfully implementing advanced technologies to drive both revenue growth and operational process efficiency and optimisation. During his tenure as an Independent Non-Executive Director of HL, Dan was a Member of the Risk and Remuneration Committees.

Committee membership:
None

Other current appointments:
None

Amy Stirling

Amy Stirling

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board:
February 2022

Skills, competence and experience:
Amy has significant financial and strategic leadership experience in client facing businesses across the telecommunications and financial services sectors. She has considerable transformation and M&A experience at both executive and non-executive level and is a qualified chartered accountant. Amy was previously Chief Financial Officer of the Virgin Group and other previous appointments include non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee at RIT Capital Partners plc, non-executive director at Virgin Money UK plc, Chief Financial Officer of The Princes Trust and Chief Financial Officer at TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc.

Committee membership:
None

Other current appointments:
Trustee of HL Foundation
Non-Executive Director of Next plc

John Troiano

John Troiano

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:
January 2020

Skills, competence and experience:
John has significant investment and asset management experience. John has spent 38 years at Schroders in a wide range of roles including investment research and analysis, fund management, and has worked across both retail and institutional channels. Most recently, as Head of Distribution, he was responsible for the design and implementation of business strategy globally and the oversight of sales and client service activities.

Committee membership:
Risk Committee
Audit Committee
Remuneration Committee

Other current appointments:
Independent Non-Executive Director of Hargreaves Lansdown Fund Managers Ltd

Andrea Blance

Andrea Blance

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:
September 2020

Skills, competence and experience:
Andrea is a qualified accountant and brings extensive Board and financial services experience having spent her executive career at Legal & General Group plc where she was a member of the Group Executive Committee and held a diverse range of senior leadership roles including finance, risk and regulation, marketing, and strategy. Andrea’s past non-executive roles include Risk Committee Chair at Scottish Widows plc and Lloyds Banking Group Insurance Division, Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair at ReAssure Group plc, Senior Independent Director of Vanquis Banking Group plc and a member of William & Glyn’s pre-IPO board.

Committee membership:
Risk Committee (Chair)
Audit Committee
Nomination and Governance Committee

Other current appointments:
Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Board Risk Committee at Aviva plc

Moni Mannings

Moni Mannings OBE

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:
September 2020

Skills, competence and experience:
Moni is a qualified solicitor with a strong background in international banking and finance and was a Senior Partner and Board member of law firm Olswang LLP. She has held a number of non-executive positions including as a Board member of Dairy Crest Group plc, Polypipe Group plc, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (chairing its Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee), Cranfield University, Deputy Chair of Barnardo’s and Senior Independent Director of Investec Bank plc. Moni is also founder of EPOC a not-for-profit network that seeks to increase the number of people of colour on boards.

Committee membership:
Remuneration Committee (Chair)
Nomination and Governance Committee
Risk Committee

Other current appointments:
Non-Executive Director of easyJet plc
Senior Independent Director designate of Land Securities Group plc
Senior Independent Director of the Co-operative Group Limited

Adrian Collins

Adrian Collins

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:
November 2020

Skills, competence and experience:
Adrian has worked in the fund management business for over 50 years, most recently at Liontrust Asset Management where he served as Executive Chairman from 2009 to 2019. During this period, Adrian oversaw a transformation in the business, broadening its investment and distribution capabilities and undertaking numerous acquisitions. Adrian has extensive experience across fund management and adjacent sectors having held senior roles at Gartmore, where he was Managing Director, Trustnet (which he co-founded), Jupiter, Bestinvest and Lazard Investors. He is an experienced non-executive director. Adrian has been appointed to the Board as a shareholder representative and as such is not deemed to be independent.

Committee membership:
None

Other current appointments:
Chairman of Logistics Development Group plc (formerly Eddie Stobart Logistics plc)
Non-Executive Director of LSL Property Services

Penny James

Penny James

Senior Independent Director

Appointed to the Board:
September 2021

Skills, competence and experience:
Penny brings extensive financial services experience with strong leadership skills, financial and risk expertise, strategic thinking and cultural alignment. Penny was previously Chief Financial Officer then Chief Executive Officer of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Prior to this she has held a number of roles including Group Chief Risk Officer and Director of Group Finance at Prudential plc, Group CFO at Omega Insurance Holdings Limited, and CFO of UK General Insurance, at Zurich Financial Services. Penny was previously a non-executive director of Admiral Group plc from 2015 to 2017.

Committee membership:
Nomination and Governance Committee
Risk Committee

Other current appointments:
Co-Chair of the FTSE Women Leaders Review
Non-Executive Director of QBE Insurance Group Limited
Non-Executive Director of Mitie Group plc

Darren Pope

Darren Pope

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:
September 2022

Skills, competence and experience:
Darren has considerable and extensive experience within the retail banking and financial services sectors where he held senior and Board level positions. At present, Darren is Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Virgin Money plc and SID and Chair of Audit Committee at Network International Holdings plc. Previously he has served as SID and Chair of Audit Committee with Equiniti plc and the Non-Executive Chairman of HSBC Innovation Banking. Throughout his career, Darren held several executive banking and finance roles at Lloyds Banking Group and was the CFO of TSB Bank plc.

Committee membership:
Audit Committee (Chair)
Nomination and Governance Committee
Risk Committee

Other current appointments:
Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of Virgin Money plc
Senior Independent Director and Chair of Audit Committee of Network International plc

Michael Morley

Michael Morley

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board:
August 2023

Skills, competence and experience:
Michael has over 30 years of executive and board experience in international financial services with in-depth knowledge of private banking and wealth management markets around the world. He was previously CEO of Coutts and of Deutsche Bank’s UK wealth management arm, and Chair of RBS International.

Committee membership:
Remuneration Committee
Risk Committee

Other current appointments:
Non-Executive Director of Deutsche Bank SAEU (Spain)
Non-Executive Director of Deutsche Bank SA (Switzerland)
Senior Independent Director of Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association (PIMFA)
Deputy Chair of Centre for Mental Health

Board Diversity

Lord Davies' Women on Boards Review (published in February 2011) recommended that Chairmen of FTSE 350 companies should ensure that their boards discuss the subject of female representation on their board, and set out their position.

The Board of Hargreaves Lansdown plc is committed to maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance. We regard the composition and the effectiveness of our Board as a crucial element of our corporate governance. A copy of our Board Diversity Policy can be found here.

When assessing new appointments to our Board, we review carefully the combined skills and experience of the existing Board members to determine what characteristics we are looking for from a new director. Each member of the Hargreaves Lansdown Board must have the skills, experience and character that will enable each director to contribute both individually, and as part of the team, to the effectiveness of the Board and the success of the Company. We believe that diversity amongst Board members is of great value but that diversity is a far wider subject than just gender, and we remain committed to inclusion in all its forms.

We have made an action plan to increase the number of women working in senior management positions, as well as to ensure that high-potential and high-performing candidates in less senior roles have the opportunities needed to ensure progression occurs.

As of today, the Board numbers 10 in total, comprising 2 executive directors and 8 non-executive directors of which 7 are independent (including the Chair). Women directors constitute 50% of the Board. In addition the Board meets the Parker Review recommendation for FTSE100 Boards to have at least one director from an ethnic minority background by 2021.

Alison Platt

6 February 2024