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

Shaun Astley-Stone

GROUP CHAIRMAN

Shaun joined ME Group as Group CEO in April 2018. In November 2018 he accepted an invitation from the Board to become Group Chairman.

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.

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.

Michael Davis

GROUP CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Michael joined the ME Group from HSBC where he was Head of Finance for HSBC’s UK transformation programme. He has a strong track record of successfully leading the finance function in consumer focussed financial services firms.

Prior to HSBC Michael held previous roles as Head of Home Insurance for Paymentshield (a division of Towergate), as well as multiple roles for Co-operative Insurance including Head of Commercial Insight and Planning, and Head of Finance for Special Projects.

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.

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.

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.

Niamh McLaughlin

MANAGING DIRECTOR LITIGATION FUNDING

Niamh joined ME Group in early 2019 from Bibby Financial Services, a leading asset based lender with a £1.3bn funding capacity, where she had been since 2012 and was latterly Head of Operations. She holds a Masters in International Business, and Diploma in Asset Based Lending, and substantial industry experience across operational management, risk and compliance. Prior to Bibby Financial Services Niamh led the Compliance and AML function for an online FX business.

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.

Robert Whitehead

IN-HOUSE COUNSEL

Robert joined ME Group in 2019 from Weightmans LLP where he was a Partner focussing on litigation with a specialism in the insurance sector. Prior to Weightmans Robert was partner at Shulmans LLP and has also previously worked in-house at a Building Society dealing with complaints relating to financial products and services.