MEET THE TEAM

GreenKite Executive Team

Sara Ager

Chief Executive Officer

Logical and creative in her approach, Sara, a solicitor, has worked in and for Lloyd’s managing agencies, Bermudian reinsurers, MGAs and brokers. Her particular strength is in helping businesses close the gap between ‘front-end’ commercial ambition and regulatory and legal requirements.

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Karen Stanford

Chief Experience Officer

Karen helps organisations define business transformation and operational improvement. Able to develop pragmatic solutions to business problems, she quickly understands the business environment, and help deliver results.

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George Sturgess

Chief Business Officer

George is a seasoned executive operations and transformation leader and has built and led teams across diverse geographies across operations, assurance, project governance, transformation, and delivery within financial services. Passionate about fostering collaborative partnerships, George drives collective growth and harnesses synergies between organisations.

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Paul Cousins

Chief Growth Officer

With 40+ years in insurance, Paul began as a reinsurance underwriter, advancing to CUO. He transitioned to broking, leading as Global Head of Business Development at Aon Benfield Facultative. As Managing Director at AJG, then Executive Director at Kaufman Group, he specialises in aiding MGAs and insurers with capacity and operations.

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Ben Ryan

Chief Finance Officer

An insurance finance leader with a great blend of operational and strategic acumen, Ben has held a range of senior positions up to Board level, within both Private Equity and FTSE organisations. Ben is passionate about developing people and teams, and ensuring finance functions are reputable and outward-looking.

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Gemma Curry

Operations Manager

Gemma has a background in finance administration. She is a detail-oriented individual who works to ensure peak operational excellence throughout GreenKite, to drive continuous improvement and efficiency across our growing business.

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Nadia Timmer

Marketing and Communications Manager

Nadia has spent most of her career supporting organisations at different levels. She has created and implemented marketing strategies, organised events, has been in charge of social media campaigns and reporting and analytics. With a creative mindset, Nadia is able to transform ideas into a strategy and work closely with other parties creating content and campaigns.

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Nicola Perry

People and Performance Manager

Nicola is an HR professional with over 10 years of experience in HR and the financial services industry. She delivers a wide range of commercially driven HR solutions from organisational design, talent management, employee experience, and diversity, equity and inclusion. 

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Courtney McKerr

People and Performance Assistant

An HR professional with an MSc in Psychology and a BA in Anthropology, Courtney enjoys integrating her interdisciplinary knowledge into her HR work where possible. Being passionate about staff well-being and business success, Courtney works closely with our People and Performance Manager to align GreenKite’s organisational goals with employee needs.

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Sophie Sinclair

Operations Assistant

Sophie has a background in customer service and administration. With her excellent organisational skills, she provides administrative support across the operations function at GreenKite.

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Samantha Powell

Finance Officer 

With a passion for finance, Sam brings over five years of experience in the sector, transitioning from a previous role as a police officer. As Finance Officer, she is dedicated to ensuring the financial health, stability, and efficiency of GreenKite. Committed to continuous professional development, Sam strives to stay ahead in the ever-evolving field of finance.

Ashlyn Peek

Senior Executive Assistant

Ashlyn has over 13 years of experience as an Executive Assistant in financial services. With exceptional organisational skills, she provides high-level administrative support to the CEO and Executive Team, ensuring smooth and efficient operations across GreenKite.

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Luke Appleton

Senior Solutions Manager

Luke has detailed knowledge of the General Insurance Market, specialising in the integration of software houses and third parties. He can act as a bridge between technical IT teams and business stakeholders, ensuring requirements and solutions are understood by all areas of change. Luke takes great pleasure in helping businesses identify areas of change and then supporting those changes through to delivery. 

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Becky Bennett

Client Solutions Partner

Becky is a people-focused change professional specialising in both project management and business analysis. With experience within General Insurance, Reinsurance and Company markets as well as experience in other sectors, Becky brings a can-do attitude to complex change. Becky thrives in large complex change programmes with multiple workstreams and likes to ensure business goals are realised.

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Juliette Petts

Senior Solutions Manager

Juliette is a highly seasoned lead business analyst, adept at steering large-scale strategic and regulatory programs. She thrives in fast-paced settings, dedicated to efficient project delivery. Proficient in establishing new BA practices and optimising existing teams, ensuring high standards within budget and timelines. Juliette is adaptable, innovative, and results-driven, providing expert leadership, communication, and best practices for BA teams. 

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Claire Carpenter

Assurance Principal

Claire is a senior compliance consultant specialising in large regulatory change projects. She has a depth and breadth of regulatory knowledge gained through practical industry experience with roles such as Head of Compliance/Conduct with General and Lloyd”s insurers, MGA’s and insurance intermediaries.

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Marcus Tompson

Senior Assurance Manager

Marcus is a compliance consultant, working on a wide range of regulatory projects, specialising in the use of data to drive outcomes. 

Previously, Marcus has led large digital and call centre functions, providing a deep and unique insight into customer behaviours across multiple communication channels.

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Kris Bryant

Senior Assurance Manager

Kris is a Fellow of the ICA and has more than 26 years of industry experience in Risk, Compliance and Financial Crime with many of those spent as an SMF16/17 (CF10/11) within a range of household name and boutique SME financial services businesses. He takes great satisfaction in assisting his clients in ensuring their systems, controls, frameworks and resources are fit for purpose in sometimes challenging environments.

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Paul Allen

Senior Solutions Manager

Paul brings two decades of insurance industry expertise, blending robust program and project management skills with a deep understanding of Lloyd’s and the London Market. A driven and financially savvy professional, Paul boasts a stellar record of results. His leadership, adept communication, and agility in grasping novel concepts make him an invaluable asset.

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Phil Wheatley

Solutions Consultants

Phil is a dedicated and detail-oriented insurance professional with many years of experience providing Delegated Authority technical support and backup to brokers, insurers and insurance services providers. Phil specialises in bordereaux data and transformation, emphasising data accuracy, transformation and query management.

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Gary Burke

Associate

Gary is passionate about “transformation, change and making things work better”. He helps organisations align strategy and lead transformation to deliver great outcomes.

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Chrystine Gittens

Associate

Chrystine, a practising employment lawyer who was called to the Bar in 1994 – experienced in grievance and disciplinary investigations. An Accredited Mediator who provides practical & commercial advice.

GreenKite Board

GreenKite advocates and consciously supports diversity of background, thinking, leadership track record and approach – and more! Our Board reflects this, as well as bringing 100+ years’ experience in Insurance, Reinsurance, Finance and Executive Education.

Karen Graves

Chair

A proven experienced insurance market professional at Director and NED level with a blend of operational and people management skills at local and Group level.

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Kasha Mleko

Advisor 

A marketing and business development professional, Kasha is strategic and critical in her thinking, bringing a refreshing perspective as advisor to our Board.

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Tim Johnson

Non-Executive Director

An entrepreneurial accountant with more than 30+ years’ experience in wealth management, and employee benefits, Tim has acted in Financial Services roles from independent financial adviser to Group CEO. He brings a huge breadth of experience to our Board — and a great sense of humour!

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Paul Leach

Non-Executive Director

Paul is a Human Resources, Organisational Development Consultant & Portfolio HR Director. Focussed on the bottom-line, he delivers pragmatic, commercially-driven HR solutions and is passionate about delivering sustainable business performance.

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