The Thatcham Management Board

Jonathan Hewett

Chief Officer

Jonathan joined in January 2019, and has a wealth of senior management and leadership skills from across the insurance, automotive and financial sectors, internationally and in the UK. His focus is to guide Insurer Members through vehicle safety, repair and security in a period of exponential technological advancement in connectivity and future automated driving capabilities, as well as complex vehicle materials and structures.
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

Ruth joined Thatcham in 2009, she 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 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.

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