Board of directors
Peter Opperman - Non-Executive Chairman
Peter joined the Company in January 2011 at the point that Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) invested in the business. Peter has spent the last 20 years in executive and non-executive roles working in private equity backed businesses. He was, until 1 July 2014, deputy chairman of GVA Grimley Limited, which was acquired by Bilfinger SE in 2014.
Prior to this, he was chairman of Leasedrive Group Limited, which was recently sold to HgCapital. During his time as chairman, operating profits increased from £5m to £14m. Previous non-executive appointments include Porterbrook Leasing and Time Out.
Ben Thompson - Chief Executive Officer
Ben has been in financial services for 30 years and joined ULS Group in 2014 as Managing Director, before assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer in November 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was at Legal & General, where he ran their market-leading mortgage distribution business, as well as the banking division.
He’s previously held roles at Paymentshield, St. James's Place, Winterthur Life and TSB. His career has most recently been focused on mortgages and financial services, however Ben also has good experience in both retail and private banking, as well as a wealth of experience in residential property, in particular estate agency.
John Williams - Finance Director
John joined the business in January 2011 at the point of LDC’s investment in the Group. Prior to joining the Company, John was finance director at Stortext FM Limited, a private equity backed SaaS business specialising in document management. There, he led a merger process before taking the lead in a successful trade sale of the merged entity to Box-it Limited.
He’s a chartered accountant, having qualified with Ernst & Young, before gaining blue-chip experience with Motorola in a number of roles.
Andrew Weston - Co-founder and IT Director
Andrew co-founded ULS Limited in 2003. He started his career developing and implementing software solutions at PE International plc and Vintner Computer Systems. He founded his own businesses: Weston Computing, in 1995 and incorporated in 2000; and Weston Technology, founded and incorporated in 2000.
Andrew has spent the last 11 years building property, financial and legal services applications for the Group and also co-founded ehips Ltd in 2007.
Geoff Wicks – Independent Non-Executive Director
Geoff Wicks was CEO of Group NBT plc, a specialist in online brand protection and digital asset management, from 2001 until he led the sale of the business to HgCapital in 2011. He remained as part of the Group NBT business, now renamed NetNames, as a non-executive director until 2013.
Geoff spent much of his earlier career at Reuters, including heading divisions in the UK, France and Nordic regions and latterly was director of corporate communications. Prior to Reuters, Geoff worked in the banking and insurance industries.