Hayley Parsons



"If you spend your time thinking about what’s holding you back, then you’ll never move forward – it’s wasted energy"

"I think a lot of it comes down to attitude and personality. Its ok to fail, everybody fails, but you have to adjust and bounce back. Don’t give up."

"Whatever I do, it has to be a challenge and I have to be able to add value and significantly make a difference. There are many clever people out there but too often they lack the aspiration to really make a dent in the universe."


“Well behaved women seldom make history.”


"Talented, passionate people don’t want to follow you to create a better future. They want to co-create it with you."

"I was never really somebody that loved school in the traditional sense. It’s not that I didn’t like learning new things, it was more to do with the fact that I just really wanted to stand on my own two feet. I never really liked the institution of school and just felt that I could be accomplishing more outside of that environment. "



Hayley is the founder and former chief executive of Gocompare.com. In 2012, Hayley was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for ‘services to the economy’.

In 2014 Hayley was ranked at number 41 in Management Today’s list of Britain’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs and has been invited to feature in Debrett’s 500, which is an endorsement and recognition of Britain’s 500 most influential people.

 Apart from her two main passions – her family and rugby – Hayley is a staunch supporter of entrepreneurship in Wales. To this end Hayley has been appointed to advise the Welsh Government on the development and delivery of its entrepreneurship agenda.