Stuart Lewis is Founder of Rest Less, a digital community for people in their 50s, 60s and beyond.
Stuart was inspired to set up Rest Less after watching a Channel 4 documentary called The Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds in early 2018. The television programme highlighted the myriad of benefits that the older generation can offer society. From a personal perspective, Stuart also saw what early retirement did for his father during the last decade of his life where his sphere of influence and confidence shrank unnecessarily.
Stuart set up Rest Less to help people in their 50s and 60s get more from life. Rest Less launched in early 2019 as the UK’s first membership community to offer its members flexible work, learning and volunteering opportunities. Rest Less’ mission has always been to support people in their 50s and 60s and beyond as they move through midlife transitions.
After raising £3 million in its seed funding round in late 2019, Rest Less rapidly expanded to offer its members a much broader suite of services including Work and Careers, Money, Learning, Volunteering, Health, Lifestyle and Dating.
Today, Rest Less’ member base has grown to more than 570,000 members in the UK with an average age in the mid-to-late 50s.
Prior to setting up Rest Less, Stuart was Chief Commercial Officer at a fintech start up where he was responsible for marketing, strategy and growth. Before that, Stuart was at Octopus Investments, leading the rapid growth of its Tax Efficient Investments business whilst being a prominent advocate for start-up finance and the Venture Capital Trust industry as a whole.
Previously, Stuart was Head of Consumer Cards for American Express in Belgium and worked on building the online grocery business for Amazon. In his early career, Lewis held a number of roles in other financial services businesses such as Barclays and Capital One.
Stuart would be delighted to speak about the issues impacting people in their 50s, 60s as they embark on a number of important life transitions and the impact that has on their work, lifestyle, health and relationships.