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We pride ourselves on the breadth and depth of experience within Curtis Banks and the dedication of our people in delivering the best service for our clients. Meet our Group Board and Executive Committee below.
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Will Self
Chief Executive Officer

Will joined Suffolk Life in 2003 having completed his first degree in Oceanography at Southampton University. He completed his MBA from Cranfield University in 2010 and was made a director of Suffolk Life in the same year initially as Operations Director and subsequently as Product and Operations in 2012. Will became Managing Director in 2013 and during 2015 was also CCO of Cofunds, a sister company within L&G. He led the strategic review during 2015 which lead to the sale to Curtis Banks in January 2016. Will joined the group board in 2016 as Deputy CEO before becoming Group CEO in January 2019. Will was appointed to the FCA Smaller Business Practitioner Panel in October 2020 and represents the life and Pensions sector within the FCA. Will is also Vice Chair and a Trustee of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH) and lives in Suffolk with his wife and two young daughters.

Jane Ridgley
Chief Operating Officer

Jane has many years’ experience of working for a large pension provider, working closely with advisers to deliver their clients’ needs in a sales and operational capacity. 15 years’ experience working directly with IFAs led her to take a role as Investment Development Director in 2009. She then progressed to Product Director, responsible for the design and development of workplace savings, investment and product proposition. Jane joined Suffolk Life as Operations Director in September 2013. Her role expanded to cover Human Resources in March 2016 before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Curtis Banks Group in April 2018.

Dan Cowland
Chief Financial Officer

Dan is a Fellow of the ICAEW, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 1997. Having worked in EY’s Banking and Capital Markets group, Dan moved to the WestLB owned Panmure Gordon business where he spent seven years in various finance roles, latterly as the Head of Finance.

Dan performed senior finance roles at Lehman Brothers, Macquarie Bank and Shore Capital Stockbrokers before being appointed to the Board of WH Ireland plc in March 2014 as Finance Director.

Dan joined Curtis Banks in July 2019 as the Group’s Chief Financial Officer.

Chris Macdonald

Chris was a founder of Brooks Macdonald Group plc where he was CEO until 2017. He is a qualified investment manager and has worked in investment management and financial services since the start of his career in 1982 and has won several investment management awards. Chris is also Chairman of Catley Lakeman, a Director of Millfield School, an associate of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development as well as an advisor to a number of businesses in the financial services sector. Chris is Chairman of our Risk & Compliance Committee.

Jill Lucas
Non-Executive Director

Jill has spent all her career in technology, most latterly leading technology transformation at Unilever, prior to which she served as Chief Information Officer at both Towergate Insurance and Belron International. In her early career, she undertook many technology leadership roles at Reuters (now Thomson Reuters), Barclays and Sainsburys. Jill is now a Non-Executive Director at National Savings & Investments (NS&I) and joined the Board of Curtis Banks in January 2021. Jill is also Chairman of Dunstan Thomas.

Bill Rattray
Non-Executive Director

Bill is a Chartered Accountant and brings strong financial skills and extensive experience of the asset management industry. Now retired Bill was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, one of the world’s largest investment companies, having previously served as Finance Director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC since 1991.

Jules Hydleman
Non-Executive Director

Jules has over 15 years’ experience as a non-executive Director and Chairman. Currently he holds Chairmanships of Equip Holdings Limited, Gro-group International Limited and Cornwall Farmers Co-operative. Previously, Jules was Chairman of Innocent Drinks for 10 years from start up until eventual exit. During that time Innocent won numerous awards for Human Resource Management as well as running the Innocent Foundation that worked directly with farmer/ growers in third world countries to improve working conditions. Jules is Chairman of our Remuneration Committee.


Chris Read
Chief Executive Officer - Dunstan Thomas

Chris founded Dunstan Thomas in 1986, taking his middle name Dunstan and that of the other founder to name the company. Dunstan Thomas first developed solutions in the SIPP market in 1996 and has continued to develop software solutions across the SIPP and investments market with the award-winning technology we know today. Chris is not only enthusiastic about technology but passionate about the charity he runs in Uganda called Singing Gorilla Projects. Chris joined the Executive Committee in January 2021.

Gemma Millard
General Counsel

Since qualifying as a Solicitor, Gemma spent time in private practice before moving in-house with Curtis Banks in 2010, specifically advising on Commercial Property and bespoke investments within both SIPPs and SSASs. As well as dealing with the legal aspects of this work, Gemma takes overall responsibility for the Groups Legal function ensuring the legal risks and exposures of the business are manged coherently. Gemma has been Company Secretary for Curtis Banks Limited since 2015. Gemma was instrumental in establishing Rivergate Legal Limited in 2018, a Curtis Banks Group Company, authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Rivergate Legal was created with the aim of providing specialist legal advice to individuals or businesses investing in commercial property.

James Keely
Chief Risk Officer

James joined the business in 2004. He has previously been responsible for a number of technical and regulatory functions, including management of our products, governance and regulatory compliance.

James became the Head of Risk and Compliance in 2016, joined the Group Executive Committee in 2019 and became the Chief Risk Officer in 2021. James lives in Suffolk with his wife and daughter.

Nigel Rodgers
Chief Information Officer

Nigel has over 15 years experience in financial services, having worked for Legal & General, Cofunds, Suffolk Life and now Curtis Banks. Nigel has held directorships involving; Business Change, IT, Strategy, Business Performance and Product Operations. He has an honours degree in Business Administration. Nigel lives in Sussex with his Wife and Son.

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