About

Paul joined the Group in 2017 as an Investment Manager in the NPIF – Mercia Debt Team, and has over 30 years’ experience in banking and asset finance. He is focused on supporting small and medium-sized businesses to achieve their growth ambitions and fulfil their potential. He mainly covers the Humber area and Sheffield City region.

Previous experience

Paul joined NatWest from school, and whilst always living in East Yorkshire he has enjoyed a varied career working with a diverse range of businesses of all sizes across the North of England and Scotland. For several years, he led a team of banking experts who were successful in supporting businesses through the tough economic environment and so understands the challenges faced by SMEs on a daily basis. Paul holds the Chartered Banker Diploma in lending skills.

paul.arthur@mercia.co.uk

About

Simon joined the Group in 2017 and is a member of the NPIF – Mercia Equity Team. He is focused on identifying and delivering investments from NPIF Equity and is the primary contact in the Teesside and Humberside regions. He supports a growing number of investments in these areas.

Previous experience

Simon is from the materials and petrochemical industry, having held positions in Johnson Matthey and Davy Process Technology. This has included team management and leadership roles in research and development, technology licensing and technology consulting, which led to a number of patented commercialised processes for catalyst recovery, natural product conversion and bulk petrochemical manufacture; more recently operations, manufacturing excellence, and strategy development. Simon has a science and technology background with a degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Durham.

simon.crabtree@mercia.co.uk

About

Ian joined Finance South Yorkshire (now part of the Group) in 2010 and has more than 30 years’ experience in lending. He is an Investment Manager within the business loans team, currently delivering funding from NPIF Debt. Focused on more established companies looking to grow, Ian mainly covers the York, North Yorkshire and the Humber areas.

Previous experience

Ian is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) and has considerable lending experience from a career in banking, having spent over 20 years with Barclays Bank in a variety of lending roles, providing funding solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. He has previous experience working as a project manager, delivering government-backed grant schemes in the Yorkshire and the Humber regions, including assessment of grant funding applications.

ian.atkinson@mercia.co.uk