Simon’s father, Bernard started the company in 1983. Simon joined the business in 1989 to set up and run the Sales and Marketing. He took over as Chief Executive in 1996. Prior to working for Hood Group, Simon worked in estate agency and also worked in various roles in Europe. Simon was born in Africa and lived in eastern and southern Africa until the age of 13. He is a keen golfer and enjoys travelling.
Business Development Director
Paul is a qualified Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in developing effective solutions for intermediaries and affinities. He joined our team in 2007 as Head of Sales and was appointed as a Director in 2009. In his spare time, Paul follows Nottingham Forest FC and also plays golf, though very badly by his own admission.
Having led a successful career in the UK financial services industry spanning over 20 years, Bruce joined us in 2004 as Managing Director for our intermediary brand, Select & Protect. Born and raised in New Zealand, alongside developing his career in financial services, Bruce has remained active across a number of sports, mostly notably football and golf.
Chief Operating Officer
James’ commercial career spanned the boom and bust of the late 80’s housing market, before joining us as Head of Sales in 1994, going on to become a Director in 1997. James was a primary school teacher for a short while, before starting his commercial career as an estate agent where he first met and worked with Simon Hood.
Hood Travel Director
Mark is a leading figure in the world of travel insurance distribution, having set up and been involved in many travel insurance brands over the last 15 years. Mark provides guidance, support and direction to the Group’s travel insurance proposition for our insurer and brand partners.
Head of Residential
Sarah has been with Hood Group for over two years and manages the Group’s residential products. Her career in the insurance industry spans over 22 years across a range of different insurance offerings. Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys watching ice hockey and of course, some retail therapy.
Head of Marketing
Gavin has been part of team since 2006 and has a wealth of experience in marketing and e-commerce, developing solutions and launching new propositions across the marketing mix. Gavin’s passions include rock music, cooking Indian and Thai food, and following American Football.
Head of Technology
Danny joins Hood Group with over 20 years IT experience, having worked with a number of blue chip brands. He has built a career on in-depth Infrastructure knowledge and strategic platform design. Danny oversees a complex IT environment and leverages emerging technologies to facilitate automation and efficiency gains across the business, while maintain robust platform resilience and data security.
Head of Operations
Darren focuses on ensuring that the Group’s customer service teams continue to deliver the highest levels of customer care. With over 20 years’ experience in service delivery, Darren is a dynamic customer service and contact centre director with a track record of translating strategy into practical customer focused operations that deliver against targets.
Head of Compliance
Head of Finance
Head of HR
Chartered MCIPD HR professional, Karen has extensive experience in people management, reward and talent management, training and health and safety. She also heads up the Social and Wellbeing Team. Prior to joining the group and settling down to start a family; Karen travelled the world as a professional dancer and teacher.