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New Brightside Boss Recruits Top Talent

BRISTOL, England, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --



Rapid strategic appointments signal aggressive growth plans from Broker 

Just one month into his new role as Chief Executive of Brightside Group plc Paul Williams has already recruited three of the industry's top talent - Stuart Grieb, Paul Rountree and Graham Johnston.

The appointments signal an indication of Paul's strategic intention and focus for the business which will clearly require a depth of operational, underwriting and compliance skill sets.

In a coup for Brightside, Stuart Grieb Regional Managing Director from Towergate joins Brightside's Retail Division as Chief Operating Officer on the 14th April. Paul Rountree who spent 16 years at Endsleigh, joined on the 24th March as Capacity and Pricing Manager bringing pricing, capacity management and underwriting skills to the Group.   Graham Johnston, Brightside's new Head of Compliance brings extensive expertise from a number of senior and director level positions at Towergate, Paymentshield, Lloyds TSB Bank plc, Charles Schwab Europe and Eagle Star.

Commenting on the appointments, Paul Williams says, "Brightside is a tenacious business, and I intend to move quickly to implement our future plans. Our new trajectory is attractive to talent like Stuart who sought us out. His appointment will add depth to the management structure and accelerate Brightside's growth programme.

"Brightside has grown its panel of insurers over the past few years and having Endsleigh's former Motor Pricing and Underwriting Manager, Paul Rountree onboard will strengthen the Group's pricing and MGA expertise which will support my focus to target profitable growth for our insurer partners. 

"Graham's experience will benefit Brightside at a time when insurance brokers are coming under increased scrutiny from the FCA and will ensure that our regulatory obligations are met and that proportionate systems and controls are developed and maintained throughout the implementation of our growth plan." 

Notes to Editors 

Brightside Group plc 

With a history of rapid growth, Brightside Group plc, (AIM:BRT) is an insurance broking and financial services group. Brightside is made up of three flagship brands; eInsurance Group, Commercial Vehicle Direct Insurance Services Limited and One Insurance Solution, offering a range of personal and commercial insurance products.

The Group specialises in delivering market-leading insurance solutions to individuals and businesses. The Group is focused on customer service and operational excellence, adding value for policy holders and business partners alike across all classes of insurance.

Brightside has recorded nine consecutive years of growth. For further information visit http://www.brightsidegroup.co.uk

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