Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership team

Our leaders are a passionate team of individuals whose purpose is to ensure brightside is run efficiently and effectively and for the good of our customers, our insurers, our partners and our people.



Ian Sutherland
Chief Finance Officer

Ian is Chief Finance Officer at Brightside Group. He joined Brightside in May 2014. Prior to his time at Brightside, Ian held a number of senior positions across the financial services, telecoms and FMCG sectors, including spells as CEO and CFO of Barbon Insurance Group. He has also spent time working as Finance Director for Equity Insurance Group and held various financial positions in over ten years working for Coca Cola Enterprises. Away from work Ian is a keen sports fan.

Suzie Noble
Chief People Officer

Suzie Noble is Chief People Officer at Brightside Group. She is responsible for developing and implementing people strategies that drive our business performance. Suzie joined Brightside from Zurich Financial Services Group where she worked in a number of senior HR roles, most recently leading their UK HR Operations function. Prior to that, Suzie worked at Lloyds Banking Group, HBOS Plc and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

David Sweeney
Managing Director of Specialist Business

David Sweeney is Managing Director at Brightside Group with responsibility for the group’s niche business and the Southampton and Torquay offices David is a member of the Executive Committee and Board. Prior to joining Brightside, David Sweeney was the Director of General Insurance and prior to that worked for Hiscox fulfilling a number of senior roles. He joined the insurance industry as a graduate trainee at the Royal, working his way up through the business to head up Royal Insurance Direct (now More Th>n), before leaving to join Independent Insurance and then Hiscox. David is married, has 3 children and lives in Essex.

Russell Bence
Managing Director of Volume Lines

Russell Bence is Managing Director of Brightside Group with responsibility for volume lines. Russell began his career at Swinton’s, and fulfilled a variety of sales and management roles. More recently Russell has worked as M.D for Markerstudy’s retail division and previous to that, he was business development manager at HSBC insurance brokers.