Who we are & what we do

Comparison Technologies provides the easiest way for consumers to get great value on household bills.

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We’re experts in multichannel home energy, broadband, digital TV and mobile phones comparison and switching.

Through our brands Broadband Finder, Digital TV, energyhelpline and Mobile Phones, we help millions of consumers save money on their home services.

We also help a wide range of businesses, including other price comparison sites, newspapers and financial services companies, offer their own successful energy and telecoms switching services to their customers.

Meet the management team

  • David Rigby

    David Rigby

    Chairman

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    David Rigby

    Chairman

    David Rigby

    David Rigby has always shown a passion for developing businesses and driving them forward. His innovative thinking makes him ideally suited to tech companies like Comparison Technologies.

    Prior to joining Comparison Technologies in April 2018, he spent five years working for a private fund, where he oversaw the operations of the fund’s businesses, including uSwitch. Previously he spent sixteen years at Capita Group, including ten years on the Group Operating Board. David says, “As Chairman of the Board, I am here to help us deliver our vision to create a new breed of company – a substantial and market-leading multi-channel, multi-product home services business.”

    David read Law at Oxford University. Outside of work, he is a qualified PADI Rescue scuba diver. He also enjoys golf, music (both playing and listening), supporting Arsenal, and keeping fit.

  • Julie Harris

    Julie Harris

    CEO

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    Julie Harris

    CEO

    Julie Harris

    Comparison Technologies welcomed Julie as CEO in 2019. As a highly motivated and natural leader, Julie was the outstanding choice to take our business forward into an exciting new era.

    She brings with her a wealth of management and leadership experience in consumer media and B2B digital, data, and insight businesses. She has a talent for driving sustainable growth and building long-term partnerships, and her versatile, dynamic approach has seen her achieve this across a range of markets.

    Before joining Comparison Tech, Julie was the CEO of consumer exhibitions company Upper Street Events, and successfully led its sale in 2019. She was previously Group MD of Immediate Media, the UK’s leading special interest media company and prior to that, Global CEO of WGSN Group, a leading fashion and retail trend forecasting company.

    Julie is a current Non-Executive Director on the board of Which? and is passionate about empowering consumers, as well as supporting businesses to deliver better customer service and value.

    Having lived and worked in Asia for five years, Julie is a big fan of Vietnamese, Malaysian and Thai food. These days home is in Soho, where she lives with her husband, daughter and dog, Harland, and as an avid theatre-goer, takes full advantage of living right in the centre of town.

  • Peter Callander

    Peter Callander

    COO

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    Peter Callander

    COO

    Peter Callander

    After establishing his career whilst working at NatWest, Argos, and Saga Group (where he played a key part in ensuring the company enjoyed a successful stock market flotation), Peter joined Comparison Technologies in 2018, as Chief Financial Officer, then appointed Chief Operating Officer from September 2019.

    “I saw a great company, with a nice family feel to it, with lots of opportunities for growth,” he says. “I’m really excited about the changes that we’ll create in the next few years – such as how we connect with customers on a more personalised basis, and how that can bond them with our brilliant brands”.

    Peter studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Glamorgan. In his spare time, he enjoys taking in the fresh air whilst hiking and skiing.

  • Julian Browne

    Julian Browne

    CTO

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    Julian Browne

    CTO

    Julian Browne

    Julian Browne’s level of expertise quickly becomes evident when looking at his experience and accomplishments. He has worked as a Chief Architect at BP and O2 (where he built their first large cloud architecture), and as acted as CTO of Wheatsheaf Investments and Equal Experts. He also was Head of Architecture at Virgin Mobile, and Head of Development at Hive – British Gas’ multi-award winning Connected Home innovation hub, where he took the business from inception to over 1 million customers. He joined Comparison Technologies as CTO in August 2018.

    His passion for technology goes beyond the workplace. “It’s never been a job, it’s a 24 hour obsession and if anything the obsession has grown over the years,” he says. “Technology can change the world in a weekend, and what’s not to love about a career like that?”

    Julian graduated from Plymouth University, with a degree in Computing & Informatics.

    Outside of work, he enjoys the TV series Silicon Valley, music and film. He also enjoys “making jam and running. Not at the same time.”

  • Mark White

    Mark White

    Director of Telecoms

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    Mark White

    Director of Telecoms

    Mark White

    Mark White has a long history in the telecoms switching market. He was a director at UK Web Media for 14 years prior to its merger with energyhelpline in 2018, when he became Head of Telecoms for Comparison Technologies. His responsibilities have ranged from client management and key commercial negotiations to Profit & Loss.

    Passionate about customer experience, Mark’s vision is to “build comparison services that engage across all touch points in a way that feels organic to the consumer,” he says. “I am excited about the ever-changing landscape and the increasing influence of digital – which offers almost limitless possibilities across all the markets we currently work in.”

    Mark studied Business Management at Cardiff University. When he is not at work, he is an accomplished sportsman, having performed at the national level for Triathlons, and at the county level for swimming. He was also a squad player for a top British basketball team for 2 seasons.

  • Tom Lyon

    Tom Lyon

    Director of Energy

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    Tom Lyon

    Director of Energy

    Tom Lyon

    Tom joined Comparison Technologies in 2019 as Director of Energy following a highly successful career in commercial and strategy roles. He has a passion for developing businesses and driving them forward, with an impressive track record of achieving exceptional results.

    His achievements include helping to grow uSwitch’s business valuation from £6m to £600m, and he has been responsible for negotiating, developing and leveraging a number of multi-million pound relationships. His vast experience across a range of industries, including energy and telecoms, made him a natural fit for our company.

    Tom studied for a BSc in Maths at King’s College, London, passing with a 1st Class Honours degree. He went on to Cardiff University where he passed with Distinction in his study for an MSc in Financial Economics.

    Tom loves to keep fit and compete. He takes part in triathlons and plays football, rugby and squash. He’s also a keen chess player and a huge food enthusiast. When he’s not driving commercial strategy or throwing himself into a crunching tackle, you’ll find him spending time with his wife and two cats in Claygate.

  • Nicola Levillard

    Nicola Levillard

    Head of Call Centres

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    Nicola Levillard

    Head of Call Centres

    Nicola Levillard

    Nicola Levillard built her career from the ground up, first starting with HSBC’s call centres in India and the UK for eight years, and then moving on to energyhelpline (which is now part of the Comparison Technologies Group). She has been in charge of the development of all call centre operations in India and the UK for the last 15 years.

    Years of working closely with our B2C customers has given Nicola a unique and highly valuable perspective. “I have chosen to work in this field, because I believe in empowering customers to choose competitive deals for their utilities,” she says.

    Outside of work, Nicola enjoys yoga and cycling.

Our history

Although a new company itself, Comparison Technologies has been through a journey that includes years of experience in the price comparison industry. Before they merged to create Comparison Technologies in 2018, both UK Web Media and Fundraising Innovations had been acting as exciting new innovators in their respective sectors for 16 years.

Both founded in 2002, over the next few years both companies went from strength-to-strength, with energyhelpline launching in 2003 and being singled out by Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert as his top pick in the industry. The next year saw UK Web Media begin its relationship with BT, with Sky joining them in 2005. 2005 also saw energyhelpline reach 100,000 switchers using the service - a huge milestone for the company.

It only took a few more years for that figure to reach 1 million in 2011. In the meantime, UK Web Media greatly expanded its telecoms comparison portfolio by launching the Broadband Finder, Mobile Phones and Digital TV comparison websites in 2007.

By 2012, UK Web Media had expanded into offline telecoms switching by opening a new callcentre, with energyhelpline playing a huge part in the creation of collective energy switching in the same year.

In 2018, the companies joined together to form Comparison Technologies, where we combined our expertise in energy, broadband, digital TV and mobile phones comparison to offer independent and multi-channel switching for all home services.