The Thatcham Management Board

Matthew Avery

Director of Insurance Research

Matthew’s role involves liaison with member insurers, vehicle manufacturers, legislators and safety bodies with a view to encouraging safer vehicle designs whilst controlling insurance costs.
Richard Billyeald

Chief Technical Officer

Richard joined Thatcham from Williams Advanced Engineering in 2017, bringing 20 years’ experience delivering cutting-edge programmes across a variety of sectors. He is responsible for all of the organisation’s engineering functions, supporting research into crash & safety, physical & cyber security, and repair technologies.
Ruth McRitchie

Director of Finance and Company Secretary

Joined Thatcham in 2009, Ruth is responsible for the Company’s support services including Finance, HR, Legal, Risk and Facilities. She has had previous experience working on the Boards of plc, AIM listed and private companies, and is a chartered accountant, having trained with KPMG in Bristol.
Daniel Payne

Chief Digital Officer

Dan has over 20 years’ experience working in the IT, Software and Data Development. His role reflects the strategic importance of Digital Products, InfoSec and Data in Thatcham Research’s operational, Member and Commercial strategies. He specialises in reducing complexity whilst improving efficiency by simplifying technology and services.
Neale Phillips

Global Product Director

Neale joined Thatcham Research in July 2011 and brought with him many years of managerial experience from across the financial services and automotive sectors. He has led the development of a new strategy focused increasingly on active safety system standards and testing, as a means of reducing insurer member claims exposure. He has since taken the role of Global Product Director, responsible for the product and sales development for the organisation, including market leading repair data in both domestic and international markets and Thatcham Research’s training Academy.

Our latest insights

Thatcham Research news and our insights on car safety and security.


New online technical awareness programme from Thatcham Research

New product addresses a two-fold challenge for training and allows flexible access to technical content

Three-star Euro NCAP rated Suzuki Jimny falls short on safety

Safety testing results for four vehicles across a range of categories have been released by Euro NCAP today.

Volvo continues to lead the way in car safety, Ford ups its safety game

Volvo enters Small SUV segment, maintains focus on market-leading safety.Both Ford and Volvo commended.