The Board

Welcome to the Intrinsic Board

Gregor Stewart - Chairman

Gregor was appointed to the Board in October 2015 and became Chairman in April 2017. He also chairs the Governance, Audit and Risk Committee, and serves on the Investment Oversight Committee.  His external appointments include serving as deputy chairman for Alliance Trust and non-executive director for Direct Line Insurance Group and FNZ. He is non-executive director, honorary treasurer for International Alert.

Gregor has previously been finance director, Insurance for Lloyds Banking Group, and a partner at Ernst & Young.


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.

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).

Keith Baldwin - Non-Executive Director

Keith was appointed to the Board in December 2010 and serves on the Investment Oversight Committee and the Governance, Audit and Risk Committee. 

His previous roles include having been deputy chairman and chief executive officer of Allied Dunbar Assurance and chief operating officer of Zurich (UK, International and Ireland) Life.

Paul Matthews - Non-Executive Director

Paul Matthews was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in August 2018 and is a member of the Governance Audit and Risk Committee. Paul is also an independent non-executive director on the board of Quilter plc, and a member of its Risk Committee.

Paul is a highly experienced FTSE 100 plc board director who has an in-depth knowledge of the savings and pensions industry, having worked in that industry for over four decades. Until he retired from full-time executive roles, Paul worked at Standard Life undertaking various roles between 1989 and 2017, including as a Group Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer UK & Europe and Chairman of Standard Life Wealth. Paul has been a member of the FCA Practitioner Panel, a Board Member of the Association of British Insurers and a Member of the Faculty of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Paul is currently an Executive Mentor at Merryck & Co.

Wallace Dobbin - Non-executive Director

Wallace was appointed to the Board as a non-executive director in May 2017, having previously served on the Board as an executive director between 2005 and 2017. Wallace is chair of the Investment Oversight Committee and a member of the Governance, Audit and Risk Committee.  He also holds the position of chairman for The Exeter, a mutual healthcare and protection insurer.

A co-founder of Intrinsic, Wallace previously held the position of Governance and Legal Director, and was responsible for managing and controlling risk at the very highest level.  He is a qualified barrister and specialised in tax and commercial law. Prior to starting Intrinsic, he was Strategy Director for BAT Financial Services and, following the merger with Zurich, he became Marketing and Strategy Director, where he was also responsible for Zurich UK’s award-winning sponsorship of the English Rugby Premiership.


Mark Satchel joined the Board in September 2016. He was appointed as Corporate Finance Director of Quilter plc in August 2017 following Tim Tookey’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer in preparation for listing. Mark joined Old Mutual in the UK in January 2000 and has held numerous leadership positions within the finance function at Old Mutual plc and in the operating business units. He joined the Quilter plc Board in 2010 on his appointment as Chief Financial Officer to the business (then branded Skandia). Mark remained as a director of Quilter plc until March 2018.  Mark has been responsible for the disposal of nine businesses in Continental Europe, and played a lead role in the acquisitions of Intrinsic and Quilter Cheviot. He was instrumental in implementing the Quilter Group’s successful business model and helped scope the footprint of the business which has led to the development of a business that is now fit for an independent listing.

Prior to his current role, Mark was Chief Financial Officer for Skandia’s Europe & Latin America Division, and before that he spent a year in Sweden on the integration of Skandia into Old Mutual. Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa, and worked for KPMG in both South Africa and Canada prior to moving to the UK.