Our leadership team


Stephen Read
Chief Executive Officer

Stephen joined Thomsons in November 2014 as Chief Commercial Offer, and became CEO in July 2017. He was previously Executive Vice President of CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement Solution and has also held a number of international leadership roles in SAP, Sony and IBM. Stephen is passionate about innovation, the growth and development of Darwin and enabling businesses to realise the value of technology on a global scale.


Chris Bruce
Managing Director

Chris is Managing Director and co-founder of Thomsons and has been in the benefits industry for over 20 years. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for all things Darwin, his main focus is on the development of new markets and engagement with global clients. He loves meeting with CHROs and reward leaders to support them in staying one step ahead of the rapidly changing benefits landscape.


Pete Craghill
Chief Technical Officer

Pete has been Thomsons’ Chief Technology Officer since 2005. He is responsible for leading the global technology team and the development and testing of Darwin. Pete is passionate about ensuring there is new and exciting innovation at the heart of benefits technology. Prior to joining Thomsons, Pete worked at Microsoft, Northgate IS and PWA specialising in the delivery of HR and payroll systems.


Tina Shah
Chief Financial Officer

Tina is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience, much of which in scaling businesses. She joined Thomsons from Marsh where Tina worked for 10 years, the last 5 as CFO for Continental Europe. Prior to Marsh, Tina was CFO of the Fund Services business for UBS Global Asset Management, and she began her career in the Financial Services Audit practice at KPMG.


Chris Nowell
Chief Operations Officer

Chris has over 30 years’ experience within the software industry. He has spent most of his career designing and building international services portfolios and organisations from the ground-up including RightNow Technologies (acquired by Oracle) and Successfactors (owned by SAP). As our COO, Chris is responsible for devising and managing the delivery of a portfolio of professional services to Thomsons’ clients, enabling them to maximise the ROI they achieve from Darwin and ensuring every client’s experience with Thomsons exceeds expectations.

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Thomsons is now firmly established as a global company and Darwin is considered the leading benefits management solution.


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