Our executive team


David White

Chief Executive Officer

David joined Benchmark Capital in February 2020 and oversees the strategy and day-to-day management of the business. Prior to this, David spent seven years at Zurich Insurance and held senior positions at Fidelity International, Standard Life Aberdeen and Schroders.  

David has more than 24 years’ experience in financial services spanning fund management, platform, technology, life, savings and general insurance.


Ed Dymott

Managing Director - Wealth

Ed brings over 20 years of experience in the wealth and asset management industry. He has a track record of building market leading propositions in the advice market as well as experience in growing innovative digital businesses.

Prior to joining Benchmark Capital, Ed was Managing Director of Transformation and Strategy at Aegon UK.


Alex Funk

Chief Investment Officer

Alex joined the group in 2019 and is responsible for all Portfolios and Funds managed under the group's discretionary permissions.

Before joining Benchmark Capital, Alex spent 5 years with a discretionary fund management business, where he designed and managed model portfolios for financial advisors and wealth management firms across the world. 


Keith Hare

Group Head of Corporate Development

Keith joined Benchmark in 2013 with responsibility for customer relationship management, sales and marketing, project implementation and commercial operations across the group.

He has over 20 years' experience in financial services, business consultancy and strategic business development.


Carl Davies

Managing Director - Digital

Carl initially joined Benchmark Capital as a Transformation Consultant in July 2018, before moving into the role of Managing Director of our digital technology team in October of the same year.

He has 25 years' experience in the software industry and is responsible for the ongoing development of our technology suite.   


Peter O'Sullivan

Managing Director - Aspect8

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the adviser space and still manages a number of clients. He has experience of building financial planning businesses in the listed and private sector. Peter joined Aspect8 in May 2019. He believes that advice businesses have to be nimble and innovative to meet changing client needs and has a strong record of change management and enhancing the client experience.


James Lasenby

Group Head of Risk & Compliance

James joined the group in 2003 and oversees compliance and risk control. Under his stewardship, Best Practice has been recognised in national awards for governance, risk and compliance.

James has twice been awarded Best Head of Compliance, corroborating the high standards achieved and maintained across the group.


Ilani Liebenberg

Group Head of Operations

Ilani joined Benchmark Capital in 2013 and oversees the Platform and Pension side of the business. Prior to this, Ilani spent six years at SEI holding various management positions within Operations which included the repatriation of the key platform/banking administrative services from the US back to the UK.  

Ilani has more than 20 years’ experience within operational teams within financial services.


Kim Goddard

Group Head of HR

Kim joined Benchmark Capital in November 2021 and provides guidance and leadership on all aspects of the group’s people strategy.

Kim has over 17 years’ experience in senior positions within the insurance and financial services sectors, most notably with Stackhouse Poland (part of Gallagher UK), BTG Pactual and Fidelity.

Kim is a Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).


Craig Fitzsimons

Group Head of Finance

Craig joined Benchmark Capital in 2014 and is responsible for all financial matters across the group.

He takes a central role in determining the group’s long-term strategic plans and its key business acquisitions. Craig is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA, CGMA).

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