team

Meet Our Team

SPWOne was established by British entrepreneur and businessman Sir Peter Wood, to invest in and support a range of fast growing businesses across their lifecycle. Sir Peter Wood and the SPWOne team have a global reach and a track record of substantial value creation.

Sir Peter Wood

Chairman

Chairman

Sir Peter Wood 

Sir Peter is a serial entrepreneur, having founded seven companies in the UK, Europe and US. He has a track record of founding, building and investing in disruptive businesses and brands, spanning nearly four decades.

Nick Edwards

CEO

Nick has significant executive and corporate development experience across high growth, regulated, digital and customer focused businesses. Nick was previously General Counsel and Company Secretary at Goco Group plc, during which time he managed its demerger from Esure Group plc and subsequent sale to Future plc. Prior to joining GoCo, Nick was General Counsel at Esure where he assisted with the buyout from Lloyds Banking Group led by Sir Peter, before managing the company’s subsequent IPO .

Deborah edwards

Cfo

Deborah Edwards is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and CFO for SPWONE ltd. She was the Financial Reporting manager for 13 years at Esure Group PLC, where her experience ranges from Financial and Regulatory returns, investments, taxation, implementation of the Solvency II directive, and was part of the team who worked on the Esure IPO in 2013.  More recently, she has experience in international property development and general strategy whilst being part of the team at Wone international. 

Adam Bulmer

General Counsel

Adam is an experienced in-house corporate M&A lawyer and has worked for Sir Peter Wood and his businesses since 2007, including esure Group Plc, Gocompare.com Plc, and W-One International Group. Adam works on various investments for Sir Peter and also worked on esure’s IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2013 and subsequent £1.2 Billion sale to Bain Capital in 2018 and on GoCo’s sale to Future plc for £600 million which completed in February 2021. Adam has also worked for City Law firm Taylor Wessing LLP.

Chris Wensley

Investment director

Chris is an experienced Corporate Development, Strategy and Investor Relations professional. Chris has led and supported on a number of high profile M&A transactions while at esure Group and GoCo Group and played pivotal roles in both businesses strategic and transformation agendas. Chris is a Chartered Accountant and trained at KPMG.

Kate Flanagan

E/A Chairman



SPWone

Advisors

mike yershon

Mike has 60 years’ experience in the advertising and marketing industry, initially working as the UK Media Director for three of the world’s largest agencies. Mike subsequently founded a consulting and media buying firm, advising a wide range of Global brands as well as creating the world’s largest outdoor media buying company. Mike now advises industry leaders and entrepreneurs on advertising and marketing strategy. Mike remains the youngest ever fellow of the Institute of Practioners in Advertising (IPA), and was voted by his peers to be amongst the top 50 advertising industry gamechangers over the past 100 years.

henry de zoete

Henry de Zoete is an entrepreneur and alumnus of renowned Silicon Valley start-up accelerator Y Combinator. In 2014, he co-founded The Big Deal which uses tech to facilitate collective bargaining for consumers. In 2018, he went on to establish Look After My Bills, a tech start-up which became the largest auto-switching service in the UK, saving families money on their gas and electricity. After raising global investment and securing the best deal in the history of BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Look After My Bills was acquired by GoCo Group PLC (owners of GoCompare) in July 2019. Henry has previously served on the Board of grassroots campaigning organisation 38 Degrees (2015-2018), was involved with the successful Vote Leave campaign and was a Special Adviser in the Department for Education (2010-2014). Henry is currently a Non-Executive Board Member at the Cabinet Office.

John Castagno

John has held senior management, executive and non-executive positions with Aetna, BUPA, Thomas Cook, Legal & General, GAB Robins, Equity Group, Cardif Pinnacle, British Gas, Hastings Direct and Tesco Bank. John, is currently a INED with Post Office Insurance.

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