Novia Financial, the adviser-focused platform business, has announced the completion of its executive team with the appointment of Lynzi Harrison as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Harrison joins Novia from LV= where she was Managing Director of the Heritage business. Prior to that, she spent over a decade at Old Mutual during which time she held a number of senior roles including UK Platform Operations Director at Old Mutual Wealth and Director of Operational Assurance UK at Old Mutual Limited.
Harrison is also a non-executive director at TISA Exchange (TeX) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.
As COO, Harrison will report directly to Novia CEO, Patrick Mill, working closely with him and the six-strong executive team to deliver the business’ ambitious long-term growth and development strategy. Harrison will have responsibility for the strategic operational development of the business and will lead and manage the day-to-day servicing capability of the team ensuring excellent support, and improved efficiency and experience for all users of the platform.
The strengthened executive team, which Mill has been building since joining Novia as CEO in May 2021, is made up of some of the most experienced platform leaders in the sector, including;
James Slade, Chief Financial Officer
Tom Dudley, Chief Risk Officer
Vicki Baker, Chief People Officer
Chris Bowles, Chief Technology Officer
Barry Neilson, Chief Commercial Officer (from 1 March 2022)
Commenting on the announcement, Patrick Mill, CEO at Novia said: “The completion of the executive team is an important milestone for me, and the business and I am thrilled Lynzi is the one doing it. She has a tremendous amount of experience across the sector and this, combined with her considerable drive and determination, will be hugely important to the whole team as we look to accelerate our plans to develop and grow the business.”
Lynzi Harrison, COO at Novia said: “It is great to be joining the business at such a pivotal time. Over the last six months, Patrick has put in place an experienced new leadership team with the vision and expertise to take the business forward at pace.”
“The winning platforms over the next few years will be those that deeply understand the needs of their users and can provide the type of support that helps create capacity in their businesses, allowing them time to do more financial planning. I’m delighted to be joining the team at Novia and very much looking forward to playing my part in continually improving the service we deliver to our users and customers.”