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            Board of Directors

            Our boards consist of individuals with wide-ranging relevant backgrounds, experience, skills and knowledge in a broad range of industries, which collectively include financial services, accountancy, legal and consultancy.

            Commercial Law

            Interim Chairman

            Chris has been a member of the Westminster Abbey Investment Committee since 2014 and was appointed as chairman in 2017. He also serves as a non-executive director of The Goodwood Estate Company Limited. Chris retired from his role as Chief Executive of the Corporate and Investment Bank at Santander UK in October 2018. He was the Deputy Group Chief Executive at The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc from 2014 to 2015, the Chief Executive of the Corporate Banking Division at The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc from 2009 to 2014 and the Chief Executive of RBS Insurance (now Direct Line Group) from 2006 to 2009.

            Chris started his career at The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc in 1975. In recognition of his services to Scottish banking during his various roles at RBS, Chris earned a Fellowship of Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland. In 2014, Chris received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Leasing Association for his contribution to the asset finance industry and in 2011, he was recognised as the European Diversity Champion of the Year.

             

            CEO - DWF Group PLC 

            Sir Nigel became Chairman of the Group in September 2017 and Group CEO in May 2020. He spent over 38 years at DLA Piper, a global law firm, where he was Global Co-Chairman and Senior Partner, and, previously, Global Co-CEO and Managing Partner from 1996 to 2015. During his tenure as leader of DLA Piper and its legacy firms, revenues of DLA Piper grew from £52 million to in excess of £1.5 billion.

            Sir Nigel received a knighthood in 2009 in recognition of his services to the legal industry. In 2015, he was awarded the Legal Business “Outstanding Individual Achievement Award” and in 2016 the Financial News “Editor’s Choice” award. He is the Senior Independent Director of Morses Club plc, the Chairman of Zeus Capital and a Trustee of The Prince’s Trust. He was also High Sheriff of Greater London 2016/17. Sir Nigel holds an LLB degree from the University of Sheffield and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, Chester. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College Oxford. Sir Nigel was admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 1980 and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Scotland.

             

            Chief Financial Officer

            Chris became CFO of the Group in April 2016. He has had approximately 20 years of experience in the professional services sector. He was previously the Finance Director of Ernst & Young’s EMEIA Advisory business (from 2014 to 2016), the Global Service Line reporting lead of Ernst & Young London (from 2013 to 2014), a director in the UK Core Business Services Finance team of Ernst & Young London (from 2012 to 2013) and the CFO of Ernst & Young Republic of Ireland (from 2010 to 2011).

            Chris has extensive experience in advising executive boards on all aspects of financial management, control, and performance and profitability improvement, as well as a track record of business optimisation to drive profit improvements and/or cost savings while also supporting revenue growth. Chris is a trustee and honorary treasurer of the UK-based charity KIDS which delivers services to support disabled children and their families.

            Chris holds an LLB degree from the University of Strathclyde and was admitted to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2001.

            Partner Director

            Matthew became a Partner Director of the Company in November 2018 and was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer on the Group's Executive Board in May 2020. Matthew has been a partner at DWF LLP since June 2016 and is head of the London Corporate Team. He was previously a corporate partner at Squire Patton Boggs from 2013 to 2016, a corporate partner at Dorsey & Whitney from 2009 to 2013 and a corporate partner of Addleshaw Goddard from 2007 to 2009. Matthew holds an LLB degree from the University of Birmingham and completed the Law Society Final Examination in 1993 from the College of Law, Chester. He was admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 1996 and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Scotland.

            Independent Non-Executive Director

            Teresa became an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in November 2018. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management. Teresa is on the boards of The Watches of Switzerland Group Ltd, SD Worx Group and SD Worx Holding. She has previously served on the boards of Bounty Brands Holdings, Mothercare plc, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, Poundland Group plc and Alexandra Palace Trading Company. Teresa was Group Human Resources Director at Merlin Entertainments plc from 2010 to 2016 and Vice President of Human Resources in Europe of Hilton Hotels Corporation from 2002 to 2009. Teresa holds a law degree from the University of Bari, Italy and a master’s degree in European community law, economics and politics from the University of Perugia, Italy. She holds an advanced diploma in coaching and mentoring from Oxford Brookes University. She was admitted to the Italian Bar in 1995.

            Independent Non-Executive Director

            Vinodka (Vin) became an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in November 2018. She has more than 25 years of experience in the software sector. Vin has been an Operating Partner at HG Capital since 2016 and is a director of Softcat plc, Sophos Group plc and FinnCap Group plc. She is also a director of ADV Technology plc, Elderstreet Holdings Limited and the PS Foundation. Her previous directorships have included serving as a director of Zoopla Property Group plc, subsequently ZPG Plc, and Chime plc. Vin was the founder and CEO of Advanced Computer Software Group plc from 2008 to 2015 and the CEO of Computer Software Group from 2002 to 2007. Vin holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, an MBA from the University of London and a Doctorate in Business Administration (Honorary) from Edinburgh Napier University. She became an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2018.

            Independent Non-Executive Director

            Luke became an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in November 2018. He has more than 34 years of experience in the financial and professional services sector. Luke has been serving on the board of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Ltd as a non-executive director since January 2018. He has previously served as a non-executive director on the boards of HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd, Standard Life Employee Services Ltd, Standard Life Finance Ltd and Standard Life Oversea Holding Ltd. Luke has experience in managing regulatory, analyst, investor and banking relationships for major institutions. He was Group CFO at Standard Life from 2014 to 2017 and CFO of Lloyd’s of London from 2004 to 2014. Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Imperial College. He holds an ACA qualification and is a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

             

            Independent Non-Executive Director

            Samantha became an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company in December 2018. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector, including extensive work in corporate governance and risk management. Samantha has served as a non-executive director on the board of IG Group plc since 2013, where since 2016 she has chaired its risk committee. Samantha has been a Managing Director at Promontory Financial Group (UK) Ltd since 2007 and previously undertook a number of roles at the Financial Conduct Authority. Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree from the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education.

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