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.


Michael Whitfield
Chief Culture Architect

Michael is co-founder of Thomsons, having been CEO for 17 years. As motivated, and energetic today as when he and Chris Bruce first set up Thomsons, Michael is now Chief Culture Architect, focussed on developing Thomsons people and clients. He will also be driving Darwin in the key global growth markets of Mercer Marsh Benefits, and better connecting Darwin to global carriers, insurance companies and benefit providers.


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.


Tony Anello
Chief Commercial Officer

Tony has over 20 years' experience leading teams to commercial success in both start-ups and global businesses alike. He has spent most of his career in the Human Capital Management industry including SHL and Corporate Executive Board, helping global companies execute on their technology-led talent management strategies. As our Chief Commercial Officer, Tony has global responsibility for all aspects of business development.

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