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Business Development Manager

Michael Collins

Yorkshire and North East

Michael has a strong history of supporting SME and mid-market firms, with a specialist knowledge of complex debt structures and a focus on delivering exceptional service.

Some of Michael’s career highlights include a £4m FID facility to support recruitment for a Cheshire-based manufacturer and a £10m ABL for a North-East producer of cleaning equipment.

  • 7 years of commercial lending experience
  • Chartered banker with a Diploma in Financial Analysis and Level 3 and 4 Banking and Financial Services BPP
  • Specialist knowledge of logistics, recruitment and manufacturing
  • Previously worked for Metro Bank and NatWest Group
michael@boostandco.com
+44 7553 230959
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-collins-3a962011b/
Julian

Principal

Julian Hornby

London

Julian has strong commercial lending experience, with specialist knowledge of the consumer retail, technology and media sectors. Career highlights include a £5m facility for social-first publisher Jungle Creations and a £10m facility for a digital freight forwarding start-up.

He was also part of the GapCap team, which was acquired by the Growth Lending Group in 2020, bringing with him first-hand experience of the transition from start-up to scale-up.

  • More than 6 years’ experience
  • Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA, 2019) 
  • BSc, Management (Accounting and Finance), University of Manchester
julian.hornby@growth-lending.com
+44 (0)20 3854 3530
https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianhornby/
Gemma Pyne

Business development executive

Gemma Pyne

London

Having two dogs and a daughter means that Gemma’s weekends are spent trekking around local parks, which almost always ends with her juggling a scooter, twigs and child. She enjoys interior design, from upcycling to making flower boxes from scratch, and recently discovered a hidden talent for darts.

  • Formerly worked for Siemens Invoice Finance
  • Currently completing a UK Finance foundation course
  • Previously completed a six-month Women’s IMPACT Programme
gemma.pyne@growth-lending.com
0203 746 1912
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gemma-pyne-72aa73b9/
Tom Stewart

Regional director

Tom Stewart

London and Midlands

Tom has structured and closed numerous transactions across London and the Midlands, including growth facilities, acquisitions and refinances.

Positive and motivated, with extensive experience in the ABL market, Tom works closely with the professional advisory community and has forged strong working relationships with accountancy firms, corporate finance, debt advisors, restructuring professionals and brokers – with the aim of being their first-choice funding partner.

  •  9 years’ experience in ABL and receivables finance
  • Previously worked at RBS and Bibby Corporate
  • BA (Hons), Business Studies, University of Northumbria
  • Jönköping International Business School, one-year International Entrepreneurship Course in Sweden
  • Tom’s experience abroad has embedded an appreciation and passion for structuring facilities for UK businesses with international growth ambitions
tom.stewart@growth-lending.com
+44 (0)7783 767260
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-stewart-4b133558/
Vicki

Principal

Vicki Taylor

North West

A keen runner with marathons under her belt, Vicki loves escaping to the Lake District and is planning to walk all 214 Wainwrights. She is teaching herself (slowly) to play the piano and remains a 1990s indie girl at heart, forever praying that Oasis will reform.

  • BA, Politics, University of Liverpool
  • Began her career in asset-based lending in 2007
  • Previously worked for ABN AMRO, RBS and Entrepreneurial Spark
vicki.taylor@growth-lending.com
+44 (0)7933 821501
https://www.linkedin.com/in/vicki-taylor-90832b107/

Principal

Kelvin Thomas

South West and Wales

Kelvin has significant and broad sectorial experience, having supported numerous management teams and stakeholders with buy-outs, buy-ins, restructuring and scaling and has expertise in structuring complex, multi-asset class facilities.

He actively seeks to engage with external partners and funders to best-support the aspirations of growing businesses and in his spare time sports-mad Kelvin is a keen golfer, regularly plays tennis and enjoys skiing – as well as the après!

  • 25 years’ experience in ABL and receivables finance
  • 14 years with ABN AMRO as a Sales Director and has previously occupied senior roles at bank-owned and independent funders
  • Economics graduate
  • Deep appreciation and knowledge of key economic and market factors within Wales and the South West and their impact on SMEs
kelvin.thomas@growth-lending.com
+447742 514101
https://www.linkedin.com/in/invoicefinanceabl/
Jack

Commercial director

Jack Trowbridge

London

Still holding on to his aspirations of making it as a professional sportsman in some shape or form, Jack can often be found on the football pitch, tennis court or golf course, slowly coming to terms with reality.

  • BA, English, University of Bristol
  • Founding partner of the fintech lender GapCap (now part of Growth Lending)
  • Played a key role in achieving Growth Lending’s CBILS accreditation in 2020
  • Now heads up the Growth Lending Commercial Team
jack.trowbridge@growth-lending.com
+44 (0)7525 118397
https://www.linkedin.com/in/trowbridgejack/

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Rob

Portfolio Manager

Rob Adams

London

Rob is an invoice finance and asset based lending specialist with more that 17 years’ experience. He has been a Portfolio Manager for 12 years, looking after businesses across a variety of industries, with facilities up to £10m.

Rob has a wealth of knowledge in supporting business growth, as well as a strong understanding of refinancing, restructuring, turnaround, M&A and MBO/MBIs.

In his spare time he has a keen interest in sports, albeit largely from the comfort of his sofa or the pub. He also enjoys cycling and kayaking, as well as attending his fair share of music festivals and gigs.

  • Began his career in invoice finance and asset-based lending in 2005
  • Has worked with firms in many sectors, managing facilities of up to £10m
  • Knowledge of refinancing, restructuring, turnaround, M&A and MBOs/MBIs
rob.adams@growth-lending.com
+44 (0)7933 821502
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-adams-a0539b25/

Funding manager

Danni Brooks

London

Danni is a born and bred Londoner – and Tottenham Hotspur fan – who is happiest when spending time with her family and friends. She recently discovered a love of cooking and has mastered a roast dinner, although people who know Danni would probably not label her as quite the chef… yet.

  • Began her career in digital marketing
  • Worked for GapCap (now part of Growth Lending) from when the firm was founded
  • Joined the team in 2015
danni.brooks@growth-lending.com
07840 380048
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dannileebrooks/
Max updated

Funding manager

Max Cheveley Grayson

London

Since joining the Growth Lending team, Max has worked with a number of clients in the media sector, developing a strong knowledge of the challenges facing these businesses.

Beginning his career in the hospitality industry, Max has since immersed himself in all things FinTech and has a Foundation qualification from UK Finance.

  • More than 2 years’ financial experience
  • Began his career in the hospitality sector
  • Has immersed himself in FinTech since entering financial services
max.cheveley@growth-lending.com
+44 (0)7517 100493
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxcheveley/
Charlotte

Funding manager

Charlotte James

London

Charlotte prefers the company of others, but when she is on her own, she will often be listening to or playing music (there are few musicals that she has not seen). You are also likely to find her petting any dog that happens to walk by – the fluffier, the better.

  • BSc (Hons), Biomedical Sciences, Manchester University
  • Has completed a course in MySQL on data analytics and business intelligence 
  • Joined the team in 2018
charlotte.james@growth-lending.com
+44 (0)7764 354676
https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlottejames97/
Tom Parke

Funding manager

Tom Parke

London

Tom loves keeping active, whether he’s surfing, cycling or playing hockey, and recently cycled 500 miles around the north coast of Scotland. To relax, he enjoys nothing more than a good film and working his way through a family bag of Minstrels.

  • LLB, Law, University of Nottingham
  • CIMA certified since June 2020
  • Joined the team in 2017
tom.parke@growth-lending.com
+44 (0)7734 390441
https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-parke-9a737094/
Johan

Portfolio manager

Johan van der Walt

Bristol

With more than a decade of experience in audit and portfolio management, Johan’s specialist knowledge spans a range of sectors, including food and beverage, manufacturing, back-to-back lending, insurance and power and utilities.

Johan also has extensive experience looking after distressed businesses. Additionally, Johan was the inaugural winner of Growth Lending’s much-coveted MVP award!

  • 10 years’ experience in audit and portfolio management
  • Chartered accountant – CA (SA), 2014
  • Previously worked for Deloitte, EY and Outsourced CFO
  • Joined the team in 2018
johan.vanderwalt@growth-lending.com
+44 (0)7933 821831
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johan-van-der-walt-ca-sa/

All other enquiries

South West and Wales

40 Berkeley Square
Bristol
BS8 1HP

020 7651 4935
kelvin.thomas@growth-lending.com

London and Midlands

4th Floor
15 Crinan Street
London
N1 9SQ

020 7651 4935
julian.hornby@growth-lending.com

North West

10th Floor
Chancery Place
50 Brown Street
Manchester
M2 2JG

020 7651 4935
vicki.taylor@growth-lending.com

Yorkshire and North East

Princes Exchange
2 Princes Square
Leeds
LS1 4HY

+44 7553 230959
michael@boostandco.com

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