Meet our executive board

Thistle has experience and expertise running throughout the business


Our Senior Management Team brings decades of experience and expertise in the insurance industry to Thistle. We have some of the best people in the sector leading and working for the company as we look to expand our business and continually innovate the very best products for our customers.

Ian Robinson

Chief Operating Officer

Ian joined Thistle in July 2015 and has executive board responsibility for the operational management of Thistle, ensuring that the board effectively delivers on its strategic and operational priorities..

Ian has a wealth of experience across the JLT Group - he was Chief Operating Officer with JLT Asia from 2012 - 2015 and prior to that fulfilled the same role for JLT's UK Employee Benefits business.

Rob Styring

Finance Director

Rob joined Thistle in January 2014 from Towergate where he spent eight years as the Finance Director of Towergate Direct.

Rob qualified with Ernst and Young and prior to making the move to insurance gained experience in the pharmaceutical, automotive and railway industries.

Amanda Walton

Managing Director of Retail

Mandy joined Thistle in March 2015 from Towergate’s Direct Business where she was Interim CEO.

She has held a number of key roles at Towergate and prior to this worked for Capita Insurance, was Head of Group Sales at Rightmove and Head of Sales and Partnerships at Powergen.

Helen Curtis

HR Director

Helen has over 15 years’ HR experience in the Financial/Professional Services sectors, including working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Towers Watson.

After completing a degree in Environmental Science Helen worked for a highly successful estate agent before making the move over to HR.