Paul joined the Group in 2006 with more than 30 years' experience in lending. He is the Head of the Debt team and heads up Mercia’s lending activity. Paul was heavily involved in the launch of EV SME Loans and he continues to work closely with Lancashire County Council and Rosebud Finance. Paul is also Fund Manager for NPIF in Yorkshire and Humber.
Previously Paul was a regional director with Barclays Ventures and responsible for the north of England and the Midlands. He has made numerous equity investments in MBOs and development capital transactions in various sectors, including specialist manufacturing, support services and distribution. Paul also sat on the boards of many of these businesses and he continues to do this as part of his role within Mercia too. The earlier part of Paul’s career was spent in corporate banking, in the UK and overseas.