Board of Directors
Sacha Alexander Zackariya, CEO
Sacha Zackariya co-founded ChangeGroup in 1991 and was appointed CEO in July 2008. Prior to ChangeGroup he won a scholarship from Motorola and joined Invensys plc, working for Boeing and Airbus. Sacha has received a flying scholarship from the Royal Air Force, is a Chartered Industrial Engineer and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.
Sacha also co-founded the Tree Foundation charity in 1996, which has helped thousands of exceptional young people complete secondary and tertiary education in Asia. It provides micro business grants and loans to budding entrepreneurs and disaster relief in exceptional circumstances.
Sacha serves on the Board of YPO Greater London, which helps create better leaders through learning and knowledge-sharing among leading CEOs. Sacha gives talks and consults on areas of leadership and corporate social responsibility (CSR). He is a published author with Kogan Page, writing on travel & tourism retail.
Bette Zackariya, Group Director
Bette Zackariya holds the position of Group and Property Director. Bette co-founded ChangeGroup in 1991 and oversaw the expansion and day to day running of the Group throughout the early years and has a passionate hands on approach to Foreign Exchange and customer service. In addition to her background in cosmetics and the hotel industry, she holds a diploma in Human Resources, and has lived and worked in Singapore, The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and the UK. She now specialises in group strategic development, personnel development, and the research, design and refurbishment of new branches.
Pat Greene, Group CFO
Pat was appointed Group Finance Director in October 2021 and promoted to Group CFO in 2022. He joined ChangeGroup from Qubic Group plc, where he was instrumental in the sale of the business. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in Ireland, Pat spent time at PwC, auditing banks and insurance companies in the Cayman Islands. Moving to London, he spent close to 10 years with Aon, throughout its London market acquisition programme, which made Aon one of the world’s leading broking groups. He then joined Keller Group, upgrading its reporting systems and working capital management, along with involvement in its acquisition led expansion. As Finance Director at International Risk Solutions Ltd, he set up managing agencies in both New York and Florida while also being Compliance Officer for the Lloyd’s broker. Pat complements the experience of the management team with his acquisitions experience, systems knowledge and commitment to sound financial control.
Louis de Bourgoing, Board Director
French citizen, Insead MBA and Ecole Polytechnique graduate, Louis de Bourgoing has got 30 years’ experience of General Management in Travel and High Street Retailing. He recently retired from WH Smith where he led the Management and Development of WH Smith outside of the UK from 1 to 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Pacific and America. 316 stores had been open in 58 international airports. Retail formats did includes News/Books, Convenience, toys, coffee shop, electronic etc. WH Smith 2019 pre-tax profit amounted to £135 million for a turnover of £1,397 million. Previously and for 10 Years Louis had been COO of Lagardere Travel Retail which is the third largest travel retailer worldwide with 3.7 billion euros turnover.
Paul Crombie, Managing Director - FX
Paul has over 26 years’ experience in Retail across Europe, Australia and the USA and over 15 years’ experience in retail Foreign Exchange. Paul started with ChangeGroup running the Melbourne Operations and has moved through many departments in the Group. Paul was promoted to Divisional Director Western Europe in 2008 and was promoted to Director of Europe in 2017. He was promoted to Divisional Director of Western Europe in 2008, became Director of Europe in 2017 and was promoted to Managing Director FX in 2022. He has been involved in a number of Merger & Acquisitions within the Group and led the project and negotiations in the winning of key airport, department store and train station tenders. Paul also has a Bachelor of Business Management with a specialised major in Human Resources.
Paul Meehan,Managing Director – ATMs
Paul Meehan is the Managing Director of the ATM division at ChangeGroup. He started his career in Foreign Exchange with Eurochange and then joined the Brown and Shipley Merchant Bank in London before moving to Copenhagen in 1992 where he joined ChangeGroup’s retail FX operation. Paul was promoted to Scandinavian Manager in 1994 and became responsible for FX operations in Finland and Denmark. In 1995, he moved back to London to oversee the Group’s global operations. Paul led the project for the Group to gain IIP status in 1998 and was instrumental in developing its IT systems globally. Paul has also led the Performance Team for a number of years before developing the ATM division.
Thomas Kellagher, Board Director - Sweden
Thomas Kellagher, LLM at Lund University, is a Swedish and UK citizen with more than 25 years’ experience within the financial industry. Thomas has worked in Sweden and internationally where he specialised in regulatory matters. In his earlier career, Thomas held the position of Head of Legal at SEB Kort Bank AB, one of SEBs major subsidiaries, and more recently the position of Head of Compliance at a savings bank in Sweden. Today, Thomas works as a director and an advisor to financial companies on regulatory matters.
Gary Parekh, Advisor to the Board
Gary ParekhGary Parekh is Director, Tax & Legal, and acts as adviser to the Board and senior management on tax, legal and financial matters. Gary is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and has specialised as Tax and Business Adviser. Before ChangeGroup, he was a tax partner with Arthur Andersen and senior member of the Global Tax Group of Andersen Worldwide advising on all aspects of tax and business affairs of clients ranging from family businesses to multinational companies.
Chris Mason, Company Secretary
Chris Mason is the Group’s Company Secretary and is a Chartered Accountant with a practice in Central London. He previously worked for Coopers & Lybrand, now PWC. Appointed to the Group in 2002, Chris works with the Directors, advising them on taxation and related matters.
Norbert Lill, MD Austria & Germany
Norbert studied business administration and finance at Business University, Vienna, Austria. He worked for 40 years with leading commercial banks in Vienna in the fields of international lending and business financing, travelling across Europe and the Middle East. He was responsible for key relationship management and held diverse range of Senior Management positions. He joined ChangeGroup in 2004 and handles a wide range of operational, banking and legal matters.