David Stoddard

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

As Chief Operating Officer (COO), David’s role is to lead operational implementation and focus on transformation projects within our non-client facing business areas. David plays a key role in evolving our culture of innovation, helping to shape our strategy and add value to clients and the business as a whole.

David brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, working in a number of strategic leadership roles within the financial services industry. His expertise and drive have helped businesses run more efficiently, reach new markets and navigate industry changes.

A driving force behind Barnett Waddingham’s culture of innovation and robust execution, David’s decision to join was greatly influenced by our reputation for independence – always putting our people and our clients first. 

He is a member of the Firm’s Management Board, Finance Committee and chairs the Professional, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Key Responsibilities:

  • working closely with our Senior Partner, Andrew Vaughan, on all aspects of running Barnett Waddingham as a business
  • helping to determine a clear strategy for the firm, ensuring that ways of working, culture and structure support that strategy and that the implementation plans are all aligned
  • helping in the development of partners and associates to ensure the expectations we have to thrive as a firm are met and for the senior people to act as role models at all times
  • driving the support elements of the business to ensure that HR, IT, Marketing, Governance and Finance are challenged to deliver efficiently and effectively as required by the partners



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