ABOUT ALBANY

OUR MISSION

Founded in 2007, Albany Group specialises in risk and intelligence software and is proud to serve some of the biggest names in insurance and financial services. The company is built on decades of insurance industry, analytical and military expertise — focused on delivering the most powerful intelligent risk management platform, utilising pioneering technologies and applications.

Ultimately, our mission is to bring our customers control, insight and simplicity — to drive efficiencies, protect reputations and embed supply chain regulatory compliance.

 

OUR PRINCIPLES

Our principles underpin everything we do — and indeed reflect the people we are:

01 / INTEGRITY

Albany Group is committed to the provision of independent and objective advice. We see autonomy as our greatest strength and we will provide what we believe is the best for our clients without compromise.

03 / CREATIVITY

We value and encourage creativity in everything we do. While recognising that the old way may still be the best, we constantly strive to find a better solution by approaching each client request as a completely new challenge.

02 / DIRECTION

We always respect our client’s position and operate with the utmost client confidentiality. Confidentiality is at the core of our business and ensures we provide the highest standards of service. Integrity and honesty drive everything that we do.

04 / PROFESSIONALISM

We deploy the best consultants and practitioners to provide the most reliable and professional services: delivery is professional and expedient; work autonomous, confident and at maximum capacity. Our relentless pursuit of excellence means “good” is never good enough.

 

INSURANCE

“We embrace Albany Group’s Conect™ technology to create a truly global network with our claims partners, while proving to regulators that we ensure good customer outcomes across the world.” 

ACCOUNTING

‘In an increasingly connected world, it’s more important than ever to minimise risk, realise efficiencies and ensure compliance. Albany Group’s standout solution, Conect™, is unique and has the potential to change the industry’

BANKING

“Conect seamlessly talks to all our supplier systems to give us one central point of data and one piece of software to engage with”

OUR PEOPLE

We are only ever as good as our people, and work hard to identify, recruit and retain the best in the business. We are a company that values nothing as highly as our human resource — and believe this is reflected in the relationships we build, the technologies we develop and the objectives we strive to achieve.

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LEADERSHIP
STEWART GRIFFITHS - CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Co-founder and CEO of Albany Group, responsible for setting vision and strategy. Stewart served as a Royal Marine before moving into the security and intelligence industry — ultimately transferring his skills to the risk intelligence and regulatory compliance sector. His experience allows him to analyse threats and opportunities — and rapidly apply pragmatic problem solving to achieve objectives. Stewart’s thirst for challenge extends into his personal life, where he enjoys rugby, cycling, snowboarding and mountaineering.

ADAM RICHARDS - CO-FOUNDER & COO

Co-founder and COO of Albany Group. Starting his career in the Royal Marines, he developed a deep understanding of the importance of accurate, real-time intelligence — and its game-changing potential when applied in the right ways to the right challenges.

The Marines have also left Adam with military-grade attention to detail, helping him to both co-found and grow Albany Group. Adam spends his downtime with family and friends.

ANDY STEVENSON - SENIOR ADVISOR

A 20-year veteran of the insurance sector. Andy has led business transformation initiatives across the insurance sector, with senior roles at institutions such as Hiscox and Lloyds of London.

Andy’s has seen him travel across the globe, where he has developed a deep understanding of general and specialist insurances across the UK, Europe and North America. 

DAVID ABRAHAM - CTO 

David is chief technology officer at Albany Group and is responsible for all business development activity and innovation. He has worked in the technology industry for over 20 years, most of which has been spent in senior management roles.

 

David is also a key golfer and has recently become a fitness enthusiast.  

ALEXANDER SPANN - COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Alexander is commercial director of Albany Group. As a strategic marketer of new disruptive technology products, Alexander collaborates with clients and partners to realise the mutual benefits of commercialising emerging technologies.

 

His background in strategy consulting with major systems enables him to support many technology enterprises as a partner and investor. A lover of extreme sports, you will find him cat-skiing in Alaska or kitesurfing in Bali.

ADVISORY BOARD
NIKKI DANIELS - ADVISOR 

Nikki has over 35 years of experience in the insurance sector and works as an advisor to Albany Group. During her career, she has worked with many brokers, high street chain, contact and call centres both general and specialist.

 

In the 1980s and 1990s, she led the market with innovative solutions for affinity-based insurance propositions. She has also held senior roles at Jardine Lloyd Thompson in the UK and Australia and the affinity division of Marsh. Nikki also works with PE and VC companies to review the state of the UK insurance market and is a founding director of E-Zee Insurance Solutions.

PAUL HEWITT - ADVISOR

Paul works across the financial services, healthcare, business services and technology sectors alongside being an advisor with Albany Group. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, he became finance director of several listed and private equity-backed companies in several different sectors. In 2007, he ceased to be a full-time executive and has held non-executive, chairman and advisory roles ever since. He is currently a non-executive director at Provident Financial, Charles Taylor and Feebris. Paul is also chairman and co-founder of technology company, Kintell. Outside of work, he is a family man with who loves spending time with his four children.

EZECHI BRITTON - ADVISOR

Ezechi is an advisor to Albany Group. Having spent over 15 years in the industry, he has extensive experience in delivering Fintech platforms within both start-ups and top tier investments banks.

 

Prior to this, he worked in derivatives risk and pricing technology at Lehman Brothers and then Credit Suisse in Zurich. His time in the industry has also seen him become co-founder of financial wellbeing provider, Neyber. Recently, he has founded a venture named Code Untapped, which focuses on training and providing industry experience for BAME talent in web development skills.

ANNE GREEN - ADVISOR 

Anne is an advisor and board member at Albany Group and an expert on all things regulatory financial crime, fraud risk management and the criminal justice system. She has decades of experience in financial services, retail banking, insurance, credit card operations, issuing and acquiring. Elsewhere, Anne has also held senior positions with Experian, Aviva, Bupa International, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Eversheds Sutherland and the City of London and Metropolitan Police Combined Force.

ANDREW SELLERS - ADVISOR

Andew Sellers is a board member and advisor who brings over 25 years of industry experience and expertise to Albany Group. He started his career as a graduate with Royal & Sun Alliance, before moving to Hiscox in 1997. Andrew has been at the company ever since, advancing rapidly to hold senior positions that include head of technology underwriting (Europe), and head of claims supplier management. Andrew is now group head of claims vendor management.  

 

Andrew’s passion is to deliver great customer service, and he also devotes time to help others hone their industry skills through coaching and mentoring.  

MATT POTASHNICK - ADVISOR 

Matt Potashnick is an advisor and board member at Albany Group. Matt brings extensive commercial, industry and technical expertise, founding and leading the insurance companies Intergroup Insurance in 1996 and Swiftcover in 2005.  

 

At Swiftcover, Matt brought true disruption to the industry. He pioneered the systems and technologies that enabled customers to buy insurance online for the first time in the UK market, before leading the business into home and travel insurance. Swiftcover was acquired by AXA in 2007, where he continued to serve as CIO. Matt is also chief information officer at the UK’s largest life insurance broker, Reassured.  

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