The key figures who head up The Openwork Partnership

Andy Smart

Chair

Andy Smart

Andy has worked with Openwork, or its predecessor firms, in one role or another since August 1984 when he joined the legal department of Hambro Life. Subsequent roles include Allied Dunbar’s Compliance Officer in the mid to late 90’s and British American Financial Services’ Risk Director for Allied Dunbar and Eagle Star. His final executive role was as Chief Risk Officer for Zurich’s life companies worldwide, before retiring in 2013. Andy held subsequent non-Executive roles, including chairing Generali’s Irish Life company, and joined the Openwork Holdings Limited Board in 2017 as chair of the Risk & Compliance Committee. He took the chair of Openwork Limited, the principal subsidiary, the following year and became our Group Chair in June 2020.

Philip Howell

Chief Executive Officer

Philip Howell

Philip joined The Openwork Partnership in March 2020 bringing with him a great depth of experience in Financial Services and Wealth Management. Following an early military career, Philip enjoyed a 24-year investment banking and private banking career with Barclays Group, including assignments as Regional CEO of SE Asia and of South Africa, and as Head of Strategy & Corporate Development. Post Barclays, Philip has focused on the wealth management sector for over 15 years, serving as CEO of Fortis Private Banking, Williams de Broe and latterly Rathbones Brothers Plc, where Philip spent 5 years as Chief Executive. Philip is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, AMP.

Richard Houghton

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Houghton

Richard joined The Openwork Partnership in February 2020 and brings us more than 20 years of experience in senior positions across insurance and banking, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and non-executive director roles. Prior to this, Richard was in public practice, specialising in audit, corporate finance and corporate recovery. Richard worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group for nearly a decade, holding senior finance and executive roles at Direct Line, Insurance, Ulster Bank, and RBS Insurance Group. Between 2007 - 2012 he served as Group Chief Finance Officer at Aspen Insurance Holdings before joining RSA Insurance Group in 2012 as Group Chief Financial Officer. From 2016 to 2017 he served as Interim CFO at Co-operative Insurance and held the same position at Hyperion Insurance Group throughout 2019. Richard is also an experienced non-executive director having served as Chair of the Audit Committee at Standard Life Assurance Ltd between 2017 - 2018, and on the Phoenix Life Boards from 2018 - 2019. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified with Deloitte and Touche.

Carrie Morris

Chief People Officer

Carrie Morris

Carrie joined us as Chief People Officer in 2018 but her connection with us began in a previous incarnation of The Openwork Partnership. Carrie started her career at Zurich Financial Services, where she spent 10 years. With a passion for driving cultural change and engagement, Carrie has held multiple HR Director roles as well as Board membership in a range of industries sectors including telecoms, manufacturing, technology, music, and IT, both in the UK and with International responsibility. Working with global players with over 10,000 colleagues through to tech start-ups has given her a wealth of experience to draw from. Her last role before joining us was as European HR Director for AXA IT, where she was responsible for driving the people agenda to support them on their technology and cultural transformation.

Frank Meere

Chief Operating Officer

Frank Meere

Frank joined The Openwork Partnership in October 2021. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector including a wide range of Chief Operating Officer and general management positions with regional and global responsibilities. Most recently he was Head of Data & Analytics at NatWest and previously worked at NatWest and ABN Amro in the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Poland. Frank is a member of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Paul Mitchener

Chief Risk & Compliance Officer

Paul Mitchener

Paul leads The Openwork Partnership’s assurance teams which include: Compliance, Corporate & Legal Services, Risk Management, Complaints and Business Reviews. His 40 year career history has been spent exclusively in Financial Services, holding Senior Management positions in Legal & General’s Retail Distribution and Wealth Management businesses before joining us in 2010. As an active supporter of the charitable sector, Paul has also held trustee appointments and, in this capacity, is the Executive representative for our own charity, The Openwork Foundation.

Stuart Dodson

Managing Director

Stuart Dodson

Stuart joined The Openwork Partnership in February 2022. He has over 20 years experience working in the financial advice sector across directly authorised, introduced and appointed representative business models. Stuart was a financial adviser at Britannia Building Society and Legal and General before undertaking senior sales management and Head of Sales roles and managed key distribution relationships with national advisory teams. For the eight years prior to joining Openwork, he was Managing Director of Newcastle Financial Advisers Ltd which is part of the Newcastle Building Society Group and one of The Openwork Partnership’s largest Partner firms.

Andy Smart
Chair
Philip Howell
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Houghton
Chief Financial Officer
Carrie Morris
Chief People Officer
Frank Meere
Chief Operating Officer
Paul Mitchener
Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
Stuart Dodson
Managing Director

The key figures who head up The Openwork Partnership

Andy Smart

Andy Smart

Chair

Andy has worked with Openwork, or its predecessor firms, in one role or another since August 1984 when he joined the legal department of Hambro Life. Subsequent roles include Allied Dunbar’s Compliance Officer in the mid to late 90’s and British American Financial Services’ Risk Director for Allied Dunbar and Eagle Star. His final executive role was as Chief Risk Officer for Zurich’s life companies worldwide, before retiring in 2013. Andy held subsequent non-Executive roles, including chairing Generali’s Irish Life company, and joined the Openwork Holdings Limited Board in 2017 as chair of the Risk & Compliance Committee. He took the chair of Openwork Limited, the principal subsidiary, the following year and became our Group Chair in June 2020.

Philip Howell

Philip Howell

Chief Executive Officer

Philip joined The Openwork Partnership in March 2020 bringing with him a great depth of experience in Financial Services and Wealth Management. Following an early military career, Philip enjoyed a 24-year investment banking and private banking career with Barclays Group, including assignments as Regional CEO of SE Asia and of South Africa, and as Head of Strategy & Corporate Development. Post Barclays, Philip has focused on the wealth management sector for over 15 years, serving as CEO of Fortis Private Banking, Williams de Broe and latterly Rathbones Brothers Plc, where Philip spent 5 years as Chief Executive. Philip is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, AMP.

Richard Houghton

Richard Houghton

Chief Financial Officer

Richard joined The Openwork Partnership in February 2020 and brings us more than 20 years of experience in senior positions across insurance and banking, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and non-executive director roles. Prior to this, Richard was in public practice, specialising in audit, corporate finance and corporate recovery. Richard worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group for nearly a decade, holding senior finance and executive roles at Direct Line, Insurance, Ulster Bank, and RBS Insurance Group. Between 2007 - 2012 he served as Group Chief Finance Officer at Aspen Insurance Holdings before joining RSA Insurance Group in 2012 as Group Chief Financial Officer. From 2016 to 2017 he served as Interim CFO at Co-operative Insurance and held the same position at Hyperion Insurance Group throughout 2019. Richard is also an experienced non-executive director having served as Chair of the Audit Committee at Standard Life Assurance Ltd between 2017 - 2018, and on the Phoenix Life Boards from 2018 - 2019. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified with Deloitte and Touche.

Carrie Morris

Carrie Morris

Chief People Officer

Carrie joined us as Chief People Officer in 2018 but her connection with us began in a previous incarnation of The Openwork Partnership. Carrie started her career at Zurich Financial Services, where she spent 10 years. With a passion for driving cultural change and engagement, Carrie has held multiple HR Director roles as well as Board membership in a range of industries sectors including telecoms, manufacturing, technology, music, and IT, both in the UK and with International responsibility. Working with global players with over 10,000 colleagues through to tech start-ups has given her a wealth of experience to draw from. Her last role before joining us was as European HR Director for AXA IT, where she was responsible for driving the people agenda to support them on their technology and cultural transformation.

Frank Meere

Frank Meere

Chief Operating Officer

Frank joined The Openwork Partnership in October 2021. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector including a wide range of Chief Operating Officer and general management positions with regional and global responsibilities. Most recently he was Head of Data & Analytics at NatWest and previously worked at NatWest and ABN Amro in the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Poland. Frank is a member of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Paul Mitchener

Paul Mitchener

Chief Risk & Compliance Officer

Paul leads The Openwork Partnership’s assurance teams which include: Compliance, Corporate & Legal Services, Risk Management, Complaints and Business Reviews. His 40 year career history has been spent exclusively in Financial Services, holding Senior Management positions in Legal & General’s Retail Distribution and Wealth Management businesses before joining us in 2010. As an active supporter of the charitable sector, Paul has also held trustee appointments and, in this capacity, is the Executive representative for our own charity, The Openwork Foundation.

Stuart Dodson

Stuart Dodson

Managing Director

Stuart joined The Openwork Partnership in February 2022. He has over 20 years experience working in the financial advice sector across directly authorised, introduced and appointed representative business models. Stuart was a financial adviser at Britannia Building Society and Legal and General before undertaking senior sales management and Head of Sales roles and managed key distribution relationships with national advisory teams. For the eight years prior to joining Openwork, he was Managing Director of Newcastle Financial Advisers Ltd which is part of the Newcastle Building Society Group and one of The Openwork Partnership’s largest Partner firms.