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.
Dawn Wilding (CFO)
Dawn Wilding was appointed Chief Financial Officer in June 2018, having spent the last 17 years based in The Netherlands. She joined ChangeGroup from HMSHost International, a division of Autogrill SpA, where she had been for 10 years. As CFO for HMSHost International she was responsible for all aspects of Finance. Previous to her position as CFO she was Vice President EMEA, responsible for the division and a workforce of over 2,500. Prior to joining HMSHost, Dawn was at Burger King in the UK and NL for 8 years, covering various roles including Business Development and FP&A before heading up the business in the Netherlands. Dawn started her career in Grand Metropolitan (latterly Diageo) where she studied to become a Chartered Management Accountant whilst progressing her career through different roles, including Internal Audit.
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 (COO EMEA)
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 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 (Board Director, ATMs)
Paul Meehan is the Board Director of ATMs 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.
Peter Sire (Board Director - Spain)
Peter is from an Anglo-Spanish background and has joined the Board of ChangeGroup Spain following a career spanning 25 years as international Corporate Development consultant specialising in Spain, including the expansion of Chequepoint International's Foreign Exchange operations in the Spanish market. Prior to that he worked in the commercial and investment banking as Iberia and Latin American specialist for a number of international banking groups in the City of London. He holds an MBA degree in Banking and Finance from City University Cass Business School.
Bernard Tan (Board Director - Australia)
Bernard Tan is a leading property lawyer with over 20 years experience. He is now the principle at Key Point Law in Sydney, Australia. Bernard has been instrumental in helping ChangeGroup to develop and supports the local management team in Australia.
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.