ABOUT US

OUR PURPOSE

Our mission is to improve the quality and reduce the cost of dispute resolution, for all parties through the use of LegalTech.

OUR VALUES

Evolve

We embrace and promote change in a positive manner in order to evolve and grow

Proactive

We are proactive and accountable for our performance and development

Integrity

We do the right thing, to act with integrity, openness and honesty at all times

Collaborative

Teamwork and collaboration are at the heart of what we do

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Bruce Walker

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Bruce joined ME Group as Executive Chairman in July 2020 with responsibility for the credit functions of the business, including chairing the Credit Committee. Bruce is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience, a London School of Economics alumnus, and he trained and qualified with PwC. Much of his career has been spent as CFO of privately owned companies, backed by a variety of funders, including private equity. He was part of the buy-out team at Nelson, the wealth management group, funded to a very successful exit by Barclays Capital.

Rob Cooper

CO FOUNDER & GROUP CEO

Rob is an expert in financial services regulation and business automation through cloud-based platforms. Rob is also Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Ventures, a FinTech focused NEX listed investment vehicle, as well as having led numerous successful start-ups in the financial and technology sectors.

A former Trading Standards Officer, he previously worked with the then Department for Business Innovation and Skills consulting on Better Regulation. Whilst with Trading Standards he worked with the Office of Fair Trading on the delivery of Consumer Direct (the government’s national consumer helpline). His last role in the public sector was as part of the management team implementing the regulation of the claims management industry, after which he founded Scott Robert an advisory business to the financial services industry on governance, risk and compliance.

Craig Cornick

CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Craig Co-Founded ME Group and is a successful serial entrepreneur in multiple industries in both the UK and Australia, including the legal and property industries, and in the UK personal injury sector.  He is highly experienced in the volume consumer legal services sector as well as being an investor in a number of law firms in the consumer claims sector.  Craig continues to be instrumental in ME Group’s ongoing innovation, identifying and successfully establishing new areas of volume claims.

Matt Denman

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Matt is a Chartered Certified Accountant who joined ME Group in October 2019 with over 20 years professional experience. He qualified whilst working within practice, specialising in Corporate Recovery and Financial Services Insolvency at both Mazars and Grant Thornton. Following qualification Matt has gained over 16 years financial and professional services experience, working within the Lloyds of London insurance market before moving on to Paymentshield, the Co Op Bank, RSA, and MD Insurance Services Ltd.

Matt has a track record of building or restructuring finance teams, improving efficiency across organisations with the use of new technology and implementing controls and procedures in a regulated environment.

Rob Cottingham

CHIEF CREDIT OFFICER

Rob joined ME Group as Chief Credit Officer in September 2020.

His responsibilities include leading on the quality of the loan portfolio; establishing and developing credit strategies, policies and objectives to manage risk within the company's risk appetite for lending; developing risk management and decisioning models, automation and analytics; ensuring compliance with regulatory guidelines and acting as principal spokesperson for the credit function.

Rob is a Chartered Banker; Member of the Institute of Credit Management and has over 30 years national and international credit and risk leadership experience including building out first and second lines of defence in blue chip corporates and FinTech start-ups.

His experience spans many theatres of operation including U.K. banking, U.K. retail finance, European motor finance; global non-standard lending - and national and international payments.

More recently he has been involved in a PE-backed FinTech start-up that provides consumer litigation funding directly to law firms.

Rob is also an enthusiast when it comes to all things FinTech and in August 2020 he completed in his own time Oxford University’s Said Business School Fintech Programme.

Nigel Quinton

CHIEF RISK OFFICER

Nigel joined ME Group in late 2019 and is an experienced finance professional that has held senior finance positions in building societies, wealth management and specialist lending firms. He has been the Chief Executive of two building societies and more recently has been advising Financial Services firms, including a new banking start-up, on financial and risk management.  Nigel has held significant sector wide roles including Chairman of the Northern Association of Building Societies. His specialisms include all matters financial, governance, risk, lending, treasury and business strategy.

Shaun Astley-Stone

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

With over 30 years’ experience in the Retail Financial Services, Insurance and Claims sectors, Shaun brings a wealth of experience to his role, having previously held senior positions as Retail Banking Director of Alliance & Leicester Plc, Global Managing Director of Thomas Cook Travel & Financial Services and Managing Director of BUPA Membership. More recently Shaun was Chief Executive of EMCAS, a large financial claims company where he led the acquisition of one of its largest competitors. Shaun also has extensive non-executive board experience with former roles including Senior Independent Director of CPP plc, NED of the Professional Financial Claims Association and is currently a non-executive director of the Funeral Planning Authority.

Trevor Nicholson

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Trevor joined the board of ME Group in August 2018 as a Non-Executive Director. He brings with him over 30 years’ experience of managing Compliance, Risk and Regulatory Affairs in leading blue-chip businesses. He is currently Interim Head of Compliance for FTSE 100 insurer; Admiral Group and his former roles include Sainsburys Bank, CPP Group plc, EMC Advisory Services and GE Capital/Santander Cards UK. He has significant compliance experience in areas such as CONC, ICOBS, COBS and Redress.

Darren Smith

COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Darren has over 20 years financial services, legal and claims experience since starting his career as a qualified Financial Advisor. Previously Darren was the Group Commercial Director and shareholder at One Advice Group, the UK’s leading provider of personal insolvency and legal solutions in the UK. Whilst at One Advice Group he helped successfully steer one of its subsidiaries businesses through FCA regulation becoming a CF1 whilst also spending 5 years as the Managing Director of its subsidiary ABS law firm where Darren was an approved person with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and also the appointed COFA.

Joanne Sharp

OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

Joanne joined ME Group in March 2019 and has over 20 years’ experience of working within the financial services sector including for the Cheshire Building Society. She has managed both operational and project teams and is PRINCE 2 qualified. Joanne has supported the transitional management and delivery of new products, regulatory change, and is vastly experienced in using technology to improve customer experience and operational efficiency.

Ann Hopkins

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

Ann joined ME Group in late 2018 from Bentley Motors and has over 15 years of experience in HR covering a wide range of industries but predominantly within the Financial Services sector. She has a strong track record of people strategy and change management. Prior to Bentley Motors Ann was HR Business Partner for the One Advice Group, the UK’s leading provider of personal insolvency and legal solutions in the UK.