senior leadership team

Our executive leadership team is responsible for the strategy and direction of caboodle

Catherine Bennett

Managing Director

Catherine Bennett

Managing Director

Catherine is one of the Co-founder Directors that formed caboodle (formally Salary Exchange) back in 2009.  With a Post Grad in Personnel Development and Masters in Human Resource Management that went onto a career in HR there seemed a natural synergy to move into the employee benefits arena and caboodle was born.  Catherine is still very much hands on within the business managing a portfolio of clients and partners whilst strategically driving the business forward with her Senior Management Team.

Whilst Catherine’s work life is extremely busy she still manages quality time with her husband and 2 children. Her main passion is horses, which is her me time! Catherine competes at events whenever she can on her horse that she bred, Simply Blits, AKA Norman. He is the second man in her life!!!

Dave Gunning

Product, Development & Security Director

Dave Gunning

Product, Development & Security Director

With over 27 years’ experience in software development and project management, Dave is responsible for the development of our platforms as well as for the ongoing management, improvement, security and development of caboodle’s employee benefits web applications.

In his spare time Dave is kept busy by his twins and enjoys an outdoor lifestyle which includes mountain biking, surfing and Skiing.

Emma Jewell

Client Success Director

Emma Jewell

Client Success Director

One of the Co-Founder Directors of caboodle (formerly Salary Exchange), Emma has over 17 years’ experience in the employee benefits industry.

Her role focuses on client retention through ensuring our clients continue to achieve their evolving objectives and optimum success from our solutions on an ongoing basis. Emma also heads up our long term relationship with EEF, the Manufacturer’s Organisation, who have endorsed our services for their members since 2009 as part of the EEF Advantages programme.

Outside work, Emma loves spending time with her fellow writers at her creative writing group, yoga and cheering on her son on the rugby pitch every Sunday!

 

Guy Thomas

Finance Director

Guy Thomas

Finance Director

Guy’s finance career spans over 30 years, working at a number of organisations in a senior leadership role including part of a successful management buyout team. He brings a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge to caboodle.

In his spare time Guy enjoys playing golf, running and the occasional game of cricket.   He’s also a keen skier and likes to take on an annual walking challenge.

Sharon Smith

Sales & Marketing Director

Sharon Smith

Sales & Marketing Director

Sharon has a wealth of Sales & Marketing experience at a senior level within a HR environment. She fulfils a pivotal role within the business of maintaining client retention, driving new business sales through an internal and external sales team as well as partners and intermediaries, whilst ensuring our propositions are fit for purpose and the marketing strategy supports all our business objectives

Apart from her additional job as “Mums Taxi”, Sharon enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, foreign holidays, baking and wine tasting!

other key personnel

At caboodle we have a fantastic team of individuals, meet some of our key personnel

Adele Pyatt

Marketing Manager

Adele Pyatt

Marketing Manager

Adele has over 25 years marketing communications expertise and holds a Post Grad CIM Diploma. She joined caboodle in 2011 and is responsible for managing the company’s marketing initiatives and showcasing the caboodle brand. Adele also takes care of the management, production and delivery of client employee communications.

Spare time involves being stood at the side of a football pitch cheering on her son, walking her dog Jed or sampling the latest beer!

Anne Wade

HR Manager

Anne Wade

HR Manager

A qualified HR generalist, Anne joined caboodle in 2013 and takes care of everything HR. She also oversees the office management and health and safety within caboodle.

Anne is an avid cyclist and has competed in many charity events. When she is not in the saddle her other passion (apart from gin!) is travelling with 2 of her most favourite places being Goa and Madrid.

Annie Farrington

Accounts Manager

Annie Farrington

Accounts Manager

Annie joined caboodle in 2013 and is responsible for the day to day management of our accounts department, looking after the accounts team and of course ensuring our caboodle finances are up to date and well managed.

She loves nothing more than eating out and spending time with family and friends, and as a health and keep fit enthusiast, Annie spends lots of her free time time at the gym.  When she’s not working out herself, she enjoys shopping and giving her own finances a thorough work out at the same time!

 

Daniel Platt

Programme Manager

Daniel Platt

Programme Manager

With a professional diploma in project management, Danny joined us in 2018, bringing with him more than 25 years’ experience in project and programme management. Danny is responsible for programme management of our Salary Extras platform.

When he’s not having fun with family in Wales, he’ll be out on his motorbike or planning an annual road trip around Europe with friends.

 

Emma Lomax

Client Services Manager

Emma Lomax

Client Services Manager

Emma heads up our customer service teams who look after our clients and the needs of their employees. With Emma’s vast customer service experience, she ensures the teams deliver a service to our clients that is second to none.

Apart from spending time with her family, Emma enjoys going to festivals and concerts. She used to sing in a band and this is something she would like to get back into. X factor here she comes!

Mick Hillman

Data Security & Quality Compliance Officer

Mick Hillman

Data Security & Quality Compliance Officer

With over 28 years’ experience in Military Policing and MOD Information Security. Mick joined us in 2018 and has taken on responsibility for Data Security and Compliance, ensuring we maintain our UKAS ISO 27001 accreditation.

When he’s not keeping us all ship shape in the office, Mick puts some of the team through their paces at the gym in true military fashion! Mick is also a keen motorcyclist and fisherman and enjoys hill walking and being part of the great outdoors.

Sarah Lyon

Senior Graphic Designer

Sarah Lyon

Senior Graphic Designer

Sarah gained her degree in Graphic Design at The University of Northumbria. She joined caboodle in 2011 and is responsible for overseeing the design team as well as designing the visuals for our Salary Extras benefit and communication platform, branding concepts & designs for our clients’ bespoke platforms and anything else we throw at her to make look pretty and visually impactful!

In her spare time keeping fit is at the top of the list followed by travelling across Europe for annual holidays and spending any left-over time at home with the challenges of DIY.

join the team!

We’re always looking for new talent to join our team. So, if you’re into customer service, sales, web development, project management, accounting or design and marketing, we’d love to hear from you.

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