The Leadership Team

Our leadership team has an unequalled passion for quality and performance.

Their experience and proven track record in the industry means you can be sure you have a safe, secure and progressive home for your business.

Andy Thompson - Chief Executive

Andy joined the Board in April 2014 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Intrinsic in December 2015, subsequently leading the acquisition of the Caerus business. Prior to that he was Distribution Director, leading the Distribution team to provide first-class products and solutions for customers and to recruit and support advisers, including the acquisitions of Positive Solutions (approximately 700 advisers) and 250 advisers from Sesame Bankhall Group. Andy joined Intrinsic in early 2012, when Intrinsic acquired his businesses, Blueprint Financial Services and Blueprint Distribution. As a start-up in 2003, Andy proved his entrepreneurial flair by growing Blueprint to 180 advisers before its sale.  He was a financial adviser before being appointed to become a Regional Director for the Zurich Advice Network, managing and leading the London region for over five years. Andy has an executive MBA from London Business School, having graduated in 1999.

Stephen Gazard - Group Managing Director

Stephen joined Intrinsic in 2017 as Group Managing Director bringing a wealth of industry experience to the Intrinsic Executive. He joined Intrinsic from Sesame Bankhall Group (SBG) where he had been managing director for four years responsible for working with the team to deliver a cultural and corporate restructure.

Stephen is a financial planner and business owner by background who has since gone on to hold numerous senior management positions in both AIM listed and FTSE environments and ideally placed to help Intrinsic continue to be the home of choice for professional financial advisers as it moves forward. 

Gill Davidson - Chief Risk Officer

Gill started her career with national law firm Pinsent Mason, before moving into financial services with HML, a subsidiary of Skipton Building Society, in 2001. Having developed a thorough understanding of regulatory compliance, in 2006 she joined Skipton Building Society as Group Secretary, before then moving to Coventry Building Society as General

Counsel in 2011. In 2013 she returned to Yorkshire to join Tenet Group as Group Regulatory Director. Joining Intrinsic in December 2016, Gill brings a wealth of experience to her role of Chief Risk Officer. She oversees our risk and compliance strategy, with particular focus on ensuring our processes and controls are designed to facilitate the delivery of good customer outcomes.

Stephen Fryett - Managing Director Wealth Network

Stephen was one of the founder Regional Directors, joining Intrinsic in October 2005, prior to launch in 2006. Having previously held the position of Group Sales Director, Stephen became Managing Director of Intrinsic’s Wealth Network in October 2016 and is responsible for ensuring our restricted and independent financial planners receive the dedicated support they need to grow their businesses and look after the interests of their clients.

Gemma Harle - Managing Director Mortgage and Protection Network

Gemma has been in the financial services industry for over 30 years with experience at both Mortgage Lenders and Distributors. She was Head of New Business at Mortgage Trust for 12 years and then moved to Mortgage Next and became Managing Director in 2005.  In March 2010, Gemma joined the Tenet group as Managing Director of TenetLIME with overall responsibility for the non-investment proposition sitting on the Tenet Group board.  In October 2017 she joined Intrinsic as Managing Director of the Mortgage and Protection Network.

Gemma and has also been on the board of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries for over 7 years and sits on the FCA Small Business Practitioners Panel representing mortgage intermediaries.

Jenny Granner - Operations Director

Jenny is a founder member, having joined the business in 2005. During her time with Intrinsic she has held number of senior positions, giving her an invaluable understanding and extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the business. As Operations Director Jenny has overall responsibility for operations delivery, and change. Part of Jenny’s main focus is to deliver a comprehensive and continuous programme of improvement to our systems and processes to ensure Intrinsic delivers real ease of business.

Darren Sharkey – Finance Director

Darren joined the Board in February 2017 and has worked within the Quilter group for over 20 years. He was heavily involved in the acquisition of Intrinsic by Old Mutual Wealth (now Quilter) and brings a wealth of knowledge to the role of Finance Director, including reporting, business planning and proposition development expertise. Darren is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland (FCA).

Vicki Baker - Head of HR

Vicki has over 15 years’ experience of working in a human resources business partnering across a number of industries including retail, information technology and financial services. She has worked within the Old Mutual Wealth since 2010 and having worked closely with many teams across our business in October 2016 she joined Intrinsic as Head of HR.

A specialist in leadership development, cultural transformation and employee engagement, Vicky is responsible for the personal development and career progression of Intrinsic staff, ensuring they have the opportunity to develop and exceed expectations within our growing business.

Nigel Speirs - Managing Director Wealth National

Nigel ran an independent advice firm for 21 years before selling the company to a prominent wealth management company in 2008. At that time, he became CEO of the company before taking on the role of Head of Distribution in 2010. In 2015, Nigel joined Old Mutual Wealth to lead the development of Old Mutual Wealth Private Client Advisers. Nigel is passionate about delivering exceptional client outcomes.