Annual consumer savings on Uswitch energy
Using our expertise, we aim to invest in and improve the world around us.
With our unique set of brands, we've got the best of both worlds. The excitement of a start-up and the strength of well established, trusted household names. With the power to reach millions across the UK, every day we solve complex problems with the aim of providing outstanding experiences for our consumers.
At RVU we believe that 'everything is written in pencil'. So we've embraced the quick-thinking, assumption challenging culture from our US Red Ventures colleagues and combined it with our industry expertise to create an exciting place to work. We challenge ourselves daily, while adapting to change quickly.
Our leading brands Uswitch and Money, plus our range of secondary brands, exist to empower the consumer to make more confident home services and financial decisions.
RVU might still be a young business, but the leading brands at our foundation have a long and well established history behind them.
Our brands first came together as part of the Zoopla family. Uswitch, founded back in 2000 and now the UK’s leading site for switching home services joined in 2015, with Money joining a few years later in 2017. This combination of brands, alongside others later became known as ZPG plc.
Our most recent transformation came in May 2018 when both Silverlake, a US private equity firm, and Red Ventures, a company with a huge portfolio of well established digital companies, invested in the ZPG group. From that moment on, Uswitch, Money and our secondary brands came together to create a distinct home services and financial services offering with a new identity. RVU, was born.
And now, we're just getting started ...
Working at RVU there's always a diverse set of challenges to tackle and problems to solve across our unique range of brands, with the power to reach millions of consumers across the UK.
As CEO of RVU, Tariq leads an executive team focused on building a truly outstanding business. Responsible for leadership and strategic direction of the group, his focus is first and foremost on ensuring we are true to our culture of ‘winning the right way’:
“We believe in a high performance environment where each and every employee contributes to the collective effort.”
Tariq joined Red Ventures in 2017 to lead the inception and growth of their European operations, which included the joint-acquisition of the ZPG Group in 2018 and subsequently the creation of RVU. RVU brings together the previous comparison assets of ZPG Plc to create a distinct home services and financial services offering.
Sport - you name it, Tariq plays it…... but he admits he can be a little competitive so generally only focuses on the ones he's good at! Beyond enjoying the competition, he loves being coached, something that gets translated into RVU Culture.
With a BSc in Mathematics & Management Studies from KCL and an MBA from IESE, Tariq has held numerous executive roles in the Media, Telecoms & Digital industries. Laterly this included MD roles at Antenna Group and NBC Universal. Earlier in his career he had a focus on M&A with experience at companies including O2, General Electric and Bear Stearns.
Debbie is our Finance Director with overall responsibility for financial and risk management at the business. That's everything from making sure our employees and suppliers get paid on time to projecting likely future business performance. Plus liaising with banks and shareholders to ensure they understand how the business is doing.
Debbie joined us in 2017, initially leading the Commercial Finance team across the original ZPG function before taking over the reigns when RVU was created.
Before that, Debbie qualified as a chartered accountant, and worked for 11 years in retail businesses (largely online).
Debbie lives with her husband in Surrey, and loves to travel (occasionally), paint (sometimes), cook (often) and eat (constantly).
Chief People Officer
As our Chief People Officer, Colin has overall responsibility for the employees in our business. Whether it's hiring, developing, promoting or retaining people, his aim is always the same: To have the best people work for RVU, and provide them with a work experience like no other.
Prior to joining RVU, Colin worked in various roles across the staffing and outsourcing industries for 20+ years, holding a number of senior management roles for both FTSE and private companies.
Based on his accent you’d never know it but Colin is American by birth, originating from New Orleans. He claims his love of hot weather, spicy food and bourbon stem from childhood experiences but we suspect it's more likely to have been TGI Fridays.
General Manager - Home Services Core
Catie is a General Manager, leading efforts across consumer marketing, product and operations for the Energy and Telecoms verticals.
Before Uswitch, Catie spent 8 years at Red Ventures USA.
A recent London-transplant, Catie enjoys travelling, exploring the local markets and seeing shows on the West End.
Head of Regulation
Richard is our Head of Regulation and leads engagement with the Government, regulators, and industry stakeholders to facilitate greater consumer choice, improve customer outcomes, and promote competition in the energy, communications and personal finance markets.
He also leads our regulatory compliance function, helping our consumer-facing teams maintain high standards.
Prior to joining Uswitch in 2014, Richard worked in the communications sector regulation for both a telco and Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator.
Richard lives in southeast London with his partner and can often be found cooking something, and during May, taking the Eurovision Song Contest slightly too seriously.
Head of Product Design
As our Head of Product Design Jane leads a multi-talented team of Product designers, UX, UI and User Research skills.
Jane joined Uswitch in 2018 with a background in product design having studied the subject at Ravensbourne University London and gained a Masters in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art. With over 15 years' experience in product design across the consumer and business sector, designing products and services for companies such as Mattel, Hasbro, 192.com, Bollywood TV, Cheapflights, Barclaycard, Barclays, Vodafone (Amazon & Microsoft), Visa Europe and Global Media (radio brands such as Capital, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Capital Xtra, Gold, Radio X).
Jane lives with her wife, her Cat Billy and her Collie wollie Islay.
General Manager - Commercial
Piero is a General Manager, looking after the Partnership and Commercial proposition across energy and telecommunications.
Piero joined Zoopla Property Group (which Uswitch is part of) in 2017, initially leading their Hometrack business.
Before that, Piero worked for 16 years in Financial Services in EMEA and APAC.
Piero lives with his husband in South East London. He's lived in the UK and Australia for the last 20 years. He's passionate about food, wine and travelling.
Head of Legal
Natalie is the Head of Legal for RVU, with overall responsibility for all legal matters that may affect the business, including negotiating agreements with the company's customers, partners and suppliers, ensuring that the business complies with its legal and regulatory obligations, looking after the company's corporate documentation and governance, and protecting the business from legal risk.
Natalie joined RVU as Head of Legal in June 2020 (during lockdown!).
Before that, Natalie was Head of Legal for a number of companies, including US-listed payments company, Fleetcor, and the UK-based eCommerce platform provider, Venda.
Natalie lives with her miniature dachshund (Maxilimilian Frankenweiner III) and when she is not enjoying a nice glass of Bordeaux or a Michelin star, she can be spotted on the golf course attempting to improve her handicap.
As RVU’s Communications Director, Charlotte is responsible for building and protecting the reputation of our brands in the media. She leads our award winning PR team to deliver trailblazing campaigns that put consumers first, influencing business, government and regulators on key issues and helping decipher the complex industries in which we operate.
Charlotte joined in 2006 as telecoms PR manager for Uswitch. She worked across our energy and financial services businesses before moving into her current role.
Having kick-started her career at an agency representing clients ranging from Butlins to BT, Charlotte moved into a series of in-house PR roles for leading consumer brands including Toshiba and TalkTalk.
An accomplished rugby player during her university days, Charlotte also swum the anchor leg for a cross-channel charity relay and still drags her family to the seaside at any opportunity to relive the experience.
Chief Technology Officer
As our CTO Paul leads a technology division of 60+ people across the cross-functional delivery teams that release features and changes up to 1,000 times a week.
Paul joined Uswitch in 2010 to scale teams and technology to drive better business outcomes. With 20+ years' experience Paul has held a number of engineering leadership roles, including at Forward Internet Group and ThoughtWorks, a specialist software consultancy.
When not at work, Paul enjoys spending time with his young family, relaxing in the garden and barbecuing with his Big Green Egg. He probably reads too much non-fiction and obsesses over headphones.
General Manager - Growth
Bojan is a General Manager, looking after Growth. The Growth team works to identify and incubate opportunities and capabilities to enable the business to shift gears and adapt quickly to the future world.
Prior to joining RVU, Bojan was with strategy consultancy McKinsey where he helped develop digital strategies in the Financial Services space in Europe and US. He holds an MBA from London Business School.
He loves tennis, volleyball and singing, winning 2 karaoke competitions in Croatia.
General Manager - Financial Services
Kush is the GM of Financial Services, operating a multidisciplinary team with overall responsibility of Financial Services products across all our websites.
Kush joined the business in 2018, initially doing a bunch of tactical projects across the verticals before leading the Energy Partnerships team. In 2019, he joined the Financial Services team while they were undergoing major transformation, to eventually take over as GM at the start of 2020.
Prior to working at RVU, Kush was working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in London, where he gained experience in a variety of industries including Banking, Retail, IT, and Energy. A chemical engineer by degree, Kush's career started in the Petroleum Industry, which included a stint in the North Sea!
Kush has Indian roots and loves his cricket (playing during the English summer, watching Team India all year round). He's also an enthusiastic dancer, not to be missed at one of our many company events!
Will is our SEO Director, overseeing SEO strategy across all teams striving to make sure our brands are achieving Rank 1 in search results.
Will joined the business in 2019, so hasn’t been around long enough to have much of a history but has been around long enough to feel like part of the family… (Cue the awwwwws).
Before RVU, Will accrued over 10 years of experience in the world of SEO and digital, between running his own websites and working with an assortment of large clients across 3 other agencies, including a brief stint as a contractor. These included such names as John Lewis, Canon, Zoopla, Uber and M&S.
Will lives with his fiancée in Highgate, North London, but they’re often found on hiking trails and beaches across the south coast or in other countries. Will is training for the Ironman triathlon and hopes to compete next year in a pandemic-free world.
At RVU every day brings the opportunity to challenge yourself and those around you. Valuing passion and a drive to improve, we're looking for people to bring a fresh perspective, who can help us in constantly challenging our own assumptions.