Open GI’s Leadership Team

Simon Badley - Open GI Chief Executive Officer

Simon Badley

Chief Executive Officer
Simon joined Open GI in July 2019 and has overall responsibility for setting the business strategy and liaising with our investors. Simon, who has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services and software industries, joined us from Iress where he was UK CEO and previously CEO of private equity backed Avelo. Prior to this, Simon held a number of senior leadership roles across sales, marketing and operations with Aviva.
Giles Baxter - Open GI Chief Information Officer

Giles Baxter

Chief Information Officer
Giles joined Open GI in June 2020 and brings a wealth of strong software and insurance experience. Before joining Open GI, Giles was Group CIO at RM plc., and prior to that Giles held executive level roles at both Arthur J Gallagher and RSA, as well as spending two years building and delivering software for Acturis.
Ben Legg - Open GI Chief Product Officer

Ben Legg

Chief Product Officer
Ben joined Open GI in late May 2021 and is responsible for leading Open GI’s product transformation strategy, product development and marketing activities. Ben recently held the role as Vice President – Product at SaaS software firm, Edge by Ascential. Prior, he was Chief Product Officer at WSGN, and held leadership roles with S&P Global Platts, and London-based fintech, Trayport.
Bernie Pelster - Open GI Chief People Officer

Bernie Pelster

Chief People Officer
Bernie joined Open GI in 2016 and is responsible for the strategic direction of Open GI’s group HR Services. With an HR career spanning over 20 years across public and private organisations, Bernie has gained a wealth of experience in talent management, employee engagement, complex employee relations issues, HR technology, and mergers and acquisitions.
Charlie Ralph - Open GI Chief Financial Officer

Charlie Ralph

Chief Financial Officer
Charlie joined Open GI in late 2016 and is responsible for the businesses’ strategic financial direction. Charlie brings a wealth of financial and commercial experience assembled during a decade in M&A in the City, then subsequently, a dozen years as Chief Financial Officer of Hamptons, Alliance Medical and Hospedia.
Paul Thornton - Open GI Chief Commercial Officer

Paul Thornton

Chief Operating Officer
Paul joined Open GI in mid-May 2020, bringing with him more than 20 years of IT, technology and customer success leadership experience. Most recently he served as Executive General Manager at Iress UK. Prior to that, Paul held senior sales appointments at global IT firms such as Avelo, Harvey Nash, iPipeline and CGI.
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Neil Hart

Neil Hart
Neil joined Open GI in March 2023, and is responsible for helping to nurture existing customer relationships and will also drive new business growth. Neil brings more than 20 years’ experience across the fintech, data and insurance sectors, most recently as Head of Sector – UK FinTech for TransUnion. Prior to that he held senior appointments at Consumer Intelligence.