Our leadership team


Michael Whitfield
Chief Executive Officer

Michael is CEO and co-founder of Thomsons, with over 35 years of local and global benefit consulting experience. As motivated, and energetic today as when he and Chris first set up Thomsons 16 years ago, Michael’s passion is fueled both by the power of Darwin to solve perfectly clients’ benefits technology requirements and by the Thomsons People around the world who make the magic happen.


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.


Paul Smolinski
Chief Financial Officer

Paul has over 25 years’ experience of working with technology companies. Before joining Thomsons over 12 years ago, Paul was at Niu Solutions Ltd, where he was Group CFO. Prior to this Paul was CFO of Sophos, The Innovation Group and spent 12 years at Compaq Computer, where he was Group Finance Director of the UK & Ireland.


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.


Andrew Bradshaw
Chief Operating Officer

Andy has spent two decades working in technology, half of which has been in Human Capital Management. His passion is to help businesses realise their potential. Andy’s experience spans blue chip organisations including Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft to PE owned businesses, such as SHL and Sophos. At Thomsons Andy oversees client satisfaction through the end-to-end delivery of our technology and services all around the world.


Stephen Read
Chief Commercial Officer

Stephen joined the Thomsons team in November 2014 and is responsible for our global sales, partnerships and marketing. He has spent the majority of his working life in senior commercial roles in the tech space, including SHL Group, SAP, IBM and Sony. Stephen is passionate about creating new market opportunities and enabling businesses to realise the value of technology on a global scale.

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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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