Our leadership team

Chris Bruce

Chris is Co-Founder of Darwin and has been in the benefits industry for over 20 years. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for all things Darwin, his main focus is on the development of new markets and engagement with global clients. He loves meeting with CHROs and reward leaders to support them in staying one step ahead of the rapidly changing benefits landscape.

Pete Craghill
Chief Technical Officer

Pete has been Darwin’s Chief Technology Officer since 2005. He is responsible for leading the global technology team and the development and testing of our software. Pete is passionate about ensuring there is new and exciting innovation at the heart of benefits technology. Prior to joining Darwin, Pete worked at Microsoft, Northgate IS and PWA specialising in the delivery of HR and payroll systems.

Neil Mclellan
Chief Operating Officer

Neil joined us in February 2021 and as our COO has responsibility for the Darwin Services function and for chairing the Darwin Leadership Team. Neil has a consulting and senior FS industry background having started his career with Accenture and then more recently worked for Lloyds Banking Group in various roles in the Change, CIO, COO and Customer space including being MD of Scottish Widows Bank. He has a track record of successfully leading businesses through technology and business model transformational change to deliver better outcomes for customers.

Alexis DeMaredsous
Chief Financial Officer

Alexis has been the CFO of Mercer Marsh Benefits since 2020. Prior to that, he held various roles in financial management at Marsh McLennan in New York and London, most recently as CFO for Marsh’s Continental Europe region. Alexis joined Marsh McLennan in 2011 after working at several European corporate and investment banks.

Matt Cockett
Innovation Leader

Matt joined Darwin at the start of 2019. He has considerable experience in commercial leadership roles scaling businesses in the tech space. Matt started his career in mobile industry (O2, Vodafone, MIG) and joins us from SaaS HR Tech company Lumesse (sold to Saba Software). Matt is passionate about bringing together leading product and services innovation with world class sales and marketing execution.

Helen Sharpless-Willis
Global VP Client Success

Helen joined us from Oracle in November 2019 and leads our Global Darwin Client Success team. She has a wealth of experience not only in Client Success but delivering HR SaaS solutions. Having been on the Client side of SaaS many year ago, Helen understands how things should feel from a Client perspective and drives true Client Success methodology to ensure our Clients see the ROI, satisfaction and ultimately long term relationships..

Jeff Spritzer
Global Operations and Technology Leader

Jeff joined us in January 2020, responsible for driving business transformation to optimize Darwin delivery, client administration, operational efficiency and a consistent service delivery propositions to the market. Jeff also serves as the Global Operations and Technology Leader for Mercer Marsh Benefits (MMB), Marsh & McLennan’s international health business. This dual role ensures focus on ensuring an optimal client experience which is something Jeff is very passionate about - as well as enabling the business through continuous learning and improvement.

Joanna Bean
Head of People

Joanna is responsible for managing all aspects of HR for the company and assisting the business and its people to achieve their strategic and commercial aims. Joanna leads the business-driven People Strategy and is a fully active member of Darwin’s Global Leadership team. Previously to her role at Darwin, Joanna worked at Samsung for 15 years in a variety of positions, lastly as the Head of Total Rewards for the UK & Ireland. Before that, she was a Senior HR Business Partner looking after a number of key commercial business areas for the electronic manufacturer.

Jamie Fitt
SVP - Transformation & Strategic Growth

Jamie is our SVP of Transformation & Strategic Growth, with 15 years’ experience working with Darwin. Jamie was employee number 20 and developed quickly through the ranks to lead the Client Team, going on to support the set-up of our operations in Singapore. Since the acquisition by Mercer in 2016, Jamie has been focused on driving our global growth, in particular by working with Mercer Marsh Benefits (MMB) teams in 20 domestic markets - setting them up to sell and deliver Darwin locally, increasing the adoption of Darwin everywhere. Jamie now leads our key transformational growth initiatives across MMB and Darwin to maximise the impact of our capabilities allowing him to continue his passion to make benefits technology truly locally relevant for employees and clients.

John Deegan
MMB Multinational Leader

John leads Mercer Marsh Benefits’ Multinational Client segment, consisting of 600 clients and over 200 people located around the world. MMB Multinational work with large multi-country clients who opt to have one strategic partner for their global employee health and benefits programs. John has over 30 years' experience in the employee benefits and pension industry, 21 of these being with Mercer and Marsh. He is based in Dublin but travels extensively. Prior to his current role he has fulfilled a number of senior business leadership roles in both Marsh and Mercer. John is passionate about health, employee benefits and the impact of technology on our future. He is married with three children, is a keen cyclist and an enthusiastic golfer!

Matt Duffy
Global Commercial Leader

As Global Commercial Leader, Matt is responsible for driving new business growth of our consulting, broking and technology solutions to our Multinational clients. With over 16 years’ experience in employee benefits sales, marketing and proposition leadership roles, Matt is passionate about helping HR, Risk, Insurance and Finance leaders to deliver a first class employee experience, whilst managing their global insurable employee benefits, in a compliant, consistent, competitive and cost effective manner.

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Darwin is now firmly established as a global company and our software is used by companies all over the world to change benefits. For good.

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Darwin helps organisations achieve their benefits, people, and wider business goals by increasing engagement, streamlining administration, controlling cost and reducing risk. And your employees are able to access and engage with their benefits wherever they are in the world.


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