John's financial services experience now extends over 50 years. Most of his career was spent at Scottish Amicable, where he was sales and marketing director. Subsequent roles included group sales director at Prudential and general manager of National Australia Bank / MLC Investments.
John has also held various non-executive directorships at companies including Paymentshield and The Consulting Consortium (TCC), as well as serving as non-executive chair of Money Options and Uinsure.
In 2014 John became executive chair of Sesame Bankhall Group (SBG), before moving to become chair of SBG in 2020. In October 2022 it was announced that John would be stepping back in to lead the business on an interim basis, while continuing to lead the process of finding a permanent CEO for SBG.
With over 30 years’ financial services experience, Paul is has held a series of wide-ranging senior executive positions including Chief Marketing Officer at Aviva, Director of Consulting at Barclays Wealth, and Divisional Director of Business Development at St James’s Place.
Paul began his career with Norwich Union before spending a decade at Mercer in client development, becoming UK Sales Director of its Marsh Mercer division. He then led a range of propositional and marketing functions at St. James’ Place before becoming their Marketing Director, and subsequently led Barclays’ re-entry into corporate financial planning.
In 2015, Paul joined Aviva where he led on corporate strategy, served as Chief Marketing Officer for Aviva Life Insurance, and went on to lead the Connected Propositions Programme as part of the firm’s One Aviva strategy, demonstrating the value Aviva’s breadth brings to its customers and intermediaries.
Paul became a non-executive director of Sesame Bankhall Group (SBG) in 2021 and joined the Group’s Executive team as Chief Operating Officer in July 2023. In his current role, Paul oversees SBG’s ongoing operational strategy, responsible for creating efficiencies and driving sustainable growth while continuing to build an exceptional adviser experience.
Sarah has been a practising lawyer for over 14 years and joined Sesame Bankhall Group as General Counsel in May 2019. In 2021, Sarah took on additional regulatory policy, risk, and governance responsibilities, when she was promoted to the Executive Team as General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer.
Prior to this, Sarah worked for over 11 years at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, rising through the firm to become a Partner in its Financial Services Disputes & Investigations division.
Over the course of her career, Sarah has built up a wealth of experience advising financial institutions on a wide range of compliance issues, enabling organisations to implement effective systems and controls, and identify potential risks at an early stage.
In her current role, Sarah also advises the Board on strategic legal and regulatory issues. She identifies and manages new and evolving legal and regulatory risks, to ensure the business’ strategic objectives remain within risk appetite.
Steve is a qualified chartered accountant (FCA) with more than 20 years’ experience of the life insurance market, 19 of them in industry.
He has experience in senior finance roles including Distribution and Product Finance Director, Strategic Finance, Commercial, Group FP&A as well as Chairman of a Pension Trust.
Steve is particularly skilled in creating and delivering commercial solutions through being a problem solving business influencer who is inquisitive and enjoys building healthy challenging relationships with people across functions and areas.
A flexible, well organised, collaborative and solution driven leader with a positive attitude that means things get done, but always willing to listen to get results. Steve uses his core financial grounding and commercial intuition to drive strategic business thinking, establishing plans and achieving key deliverables.
Steve is motivated in developing and supporting individuals to reach their potential, gaining an internationally recognised accreditation for coaching through ICF.
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Sesame Bankhall Group Limited, company number 3573352. Sesame Limited, company number 2844161. Sesame Services Limited, company number 2338540. Bankhall Support Services Limited, company number 2785381. Premier Mortgage Service Limited, company number 05011650. Each company is registered in England & Wales with a registered office at Aviva, Wellington Row, York, YO90 1WR.