About

Ben joined the Group in 2021 as Financial Controller of Mercia Fund Management Limited and the three Northern Venture Capital Trusts.

Previous experience

Ben was previously Financial Controller at Hall Bros Estate Management Ltd, where he led the team in all aspects of financial control and reporting.
Prior to Hall Bros, Ben was assistant Finance Director at Redevco UK with responsibilities for corporate reporting and also has extensive experience at Chelsfield plc and PwC.
Ben has a BA in Economics from Leeds University, and is a Chartered Accountant.

About

James joined the group in 2021 and is based at the Preston office. His responsibilities include inputting supplier invoices for all Mercia entities, administration of an expense management system, processing payments runs and completing bank reconciliations. James is currently studying for his CIMA accounting qualification and hopes to become Chartered within three years.

Previous experience

James has worked within commercial finance teams for the last 3+ years in the logistics and food manufacturing industries, as well as graduating in 2020 from the University of Central Lancashire with an Accounting and Finance degree. In his last role he was responsible for various purchase ledgers within a group of companies and assisted with the formation of management accounts.

About

James joined the Group in 2021 as Finance Director of Mercia Fund Management Limited and the three Northern Venture Capital Trusts.

Previous experience

James was previously Finance Director, Housing at Gresham House plc, where he was responsible for the London Stock Exchange main market listed REIT Residential Secure Income plc, and several Limited Partnership vehicles.

Prior to Gresham House, James led the team responsible for financial control and reporting at United Trust Bank.

James has a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified at PwC within its Insurance and Investment Management Assurance division.

 

 

About

Ross is responsible for all aspects of Mercia Asset Management PLC’s management accounting and financial reporting, and ensuring the integrity of the group’s internal control environment.

Previous experience

Ross is an EY trained Chartered Accountant holding over 10 years’ financial reporting, internal controls and company financing experience, including a number of listed debt and equity raises. Areas of expertise include coaching and developing finance teams alongside internal policies and procedures in listed environments.

 

 

 

About

Kent is responsible for internal and external financial reporting, covering areas such as management accounts, statutory financial statements, tax filings, budget setting and forecasts. He also has responsibility for ensuring that appropriate financial information, controls, policies and procedures are maintained and adhered to. In addition, Kent will be managing and developing financial models to enhance the financial reporting function as well as driving efficiency savings and improvement initiatives.

Kent is also a member of the Mercia O2 Committee – offering the benefits of diverse opinions, ideas and points of view.

Previous Experience

Kent qualified as a Chartered Accountant in private practice before moving into financial accounting roles within industry. Kent has previous experience working within head office functions with particular expertise in implementing new systems, improving group reporting and strengthening financial reporting processes.

 

About

Rosie joined the Group in 2017 and has responsibility for group-wide compliance, client assets, operational oversight and anti-money laundering and financial crime controls. She reports to the Chief Financial Officer and works closely with the Finance Directors across the varying divisions.

Previous experience

Rosie has a background in FCA regulation and compliance, having joined the regulator following graduation from Sheffield where she studied Law. Rosie worked for the regulator for 10 years, followed by a period in consultancy, working with a range of regulated firms, including private equity and venture capital firms. She then spent five years as head of compliance at AJ Bell, before undertaking a couple of roles in specialist client assets compliance, most recently for Lloyds Banking Group.

rosie.bhattacharjee@mercia.co.uk

About

Sharon joined the Group in 2017 as Management Accountant based at the Henley-In-Arden office. She is responsible for the purchase ledger, sales ledger, cashbook entries, fixed asset register and the monthly management accounts for Mercia Asset Management PLC. During the monthly reporting process, Sharon prepares the management accounts for a small fund within the group. In addition, she is responsible for the monthly payroll administration and pension account control reconciliation. Sharon also assists in the preparation of the annual statutory accounting and reporting for the Group and the external audit process.

Previous experience

Sharon is a CIMA qualified accountant previously working within the Financial Services Industry and the Charitable Sector.

Sharon.Hooton@mercia.co.uk

About

Sue joined the Group in 2002. As Financial Controller, she is responsible for all the statutory accounting and detailed financial management reporting for the managed funds. She also has responsibility for all the investment accounting and financial information of several managed client funds, including both NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance and NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance. In addition, Sue manages the payroll, pensions, VAT and treasury management functions, as well as supervising the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable roles for the majority of funds within Mercia. In working closely with the Group’s auditors and advisors, Sue ensures that all the corporate and statutory reporting deadlines are strictly adhered to.

Previous experience

Sue began her accounting career and finance training in private practices, before moving to financial accounting roles predominately within manufacturing sectors of US-owned corporations.

susan.devine@mercia.co.uk

About

Alice joined the Group on a permanent basis in 2018 after working with Mercia over a number of years on a consultancy basis, during which time she has developed a deep understanding of our CASS operations and, more recently, of the General Data Protection Regulation. A key focus of her role is maintenance of appropriate compliance systems and controls, particularly in relation to client assets, including policies, procedures and monitoring. Alice supports the Group Compliance Director in ensuring that the Group-regulated entities meet FCA and, where appropriate, other regulatory requirements at all times, fostering a strong compliance culture.

Alice is also a member of:

Mercia Knowledge Committee –  a Group wide Information and Data Development team

Mercia Responsible Investment Committee – a Group-wide team committed to delivering the ESG strategy across the business.

Mercia O2 Committee – offering the benefits of diverse opinions, ideas and points of view.

Previous experience

Alice has a background in the financial services industry and the business development and funding arena. Most recently, Alice has provided consultancy services to private and public sector entities with a specialism in regulatory oversight and compliance.

alice.grieve@mercia.co.uk

About

Caroline joined in 2013 as an Assistant Accountant based in the Preston office and has over 10 years’ experience working in a finance department. In this role, Caroline is responsible for completing accounting tasks for all funds. In particular, she manages sales ledger, purchase ledger and nominal ledger reconciliations for Mercia’s managed funds and completes bank transfers for investments from the Mercia EIS Funds. She is responsible for managing the debt funds which include preparing loan repayment schedules, transferring the funds to investees, collecting direct debits and completing nominal reconciliations for NPIF and EV SME Loans.

Caroline is also a member of the Mercia Knowledge Committee.

Previous experience

Caroline joined Mercia from the aerospace manufacturing industry where she was responsible for sales ledger, purchase ledger, processing weekly payroll and completing month end procedures. Caroline is AAT qualified.

caroline.simpkin@mercia.co.uk