About

Andy is an Investment Manager within the Debt Team, delivering funding from NPIF Debt. Focused, in the main, on more established companies looking to grow, Andy concentrates on the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding area, within the Yorkshire & Humber Region.

Previous experience

Andy joined Mercia in March 2022. Before then, he spent 18 months in the commercial finance broker sector, having previously worked with the Business Enterprise Fund delivering the Micro-finance Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund on behalf of the British Business Bank, providing finance for SME’s across York and North Yorkshire.

Prior to this he worked for 16 years at the Yorkshire Bank in a variety of roles, including retail banking and latterly for the last 10 years in commercial banking. This included business development roles and portfolio management working across all trading business sectors in helping small to medium SME’s businesses.

About

Joining Mercia in February 2022, Mike is an Investment Director for EV SME Loans and has responsibility for sourcing, structuring and negotiating new investment opportunities.

Previous experience

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial Banking the last 14 years being with Allied Irish Bank, with time spent in their London, Edinburgh and Manchester offices.
Most recently Mike was Head of AIB’s Manchester business centre having previously undertaken a variety of roles for the bank including leading business development and customer relationship management teams. Mike has operated across a wide range of sectors, supporting a diverse portfolio of SME’s, delivering flexible lending solutions to help support their business ambitions.

About

Rebecca joined the Group in June 2021 as an Investment Manager working within the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund- Debt team. She is focused on supporting small and medium sized businesses to achieve their future plans and to fulfil their potential. She will mainly cover opportunities in Hull and the wider Humberside region.

Previous experience

Joining our team from Barclays Bank, where she has worked in a number of roles and has built up a good wealth of experience working with small and medium sized businesses in a variety of sectors in the Humberside Region. This has given her a good understanding of the day to day challenges owners face running their own businesses. Rebecca holds a relevant qualification from The London Institute of Banking and Finance and is looking forward to helping many businesses achieve their potential.

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About

Emma joined the Group in 2021 as a Fund Administrator for the North East Venture Fund (“NEVF”) and is based in the Newcastle office. She supports the Investment Team with deal preparation and completion, the maintenance of records, and the development, coordination and production of both external and internal reports.

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Previous experience

Emma completed a BSc in Mathematics at Newcastle University and prior to joiningMercia, worked in financial administration and customer service roles in the fields of tax advice and investments

 

 

 

About

Emily joined the Group in 2021 as Fund Administrator, working within the NPIF – Mercia Equity Team. She supports the Investment Team with deal preparation and completion, the maintenance of records and the production of both internal and external reports. Emily is based at Mercia’s Leeds office.

Previous experience

Emily graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2017 with a BA (Hons) degree in History. Prior to joining Mercia, Emily has gained experience in the finance sector, particularly working with SMEs. Emily began her first role in 2017 working with a Community Development Finance Institution (“CDFI”) in Cumbria as a business administrator, and went on to join a Bradford-based CDFI as a fund administrator in 2019.

 

 

 

About

Joining Mercia in 2020, Gary has over 40 years’ experience working in the banking sector and brings with him some 30 plus years’ experience of lending. Gary is as an Investment Manager, in the NPIF Mercia Debt Team and supports businesses in the Leeds, Harrogate and surrounding areas. In 2013 he gained Accreditation as a Manufacturing Specialist Manager from Warwick (University) Manufacturing Group.

 

Previous experience

 

Immediately before joining Mercia, Gary was a Relationship Manager within Lloyds SME Banking based in Leeds.  Between 2014 and 2018 he was a member of the Lloyds Manufacturing Specialist team covering the Yorkshire and Humber area. He has worked in various locations in West and North Yorkshire during his career in SME Banking covering all business sectors. He enjoys a close working relationship with clients supporting with working capital and lending solutions. Gary is focused on helping clients grow their businesses and achieve their objectives.

About

Jonathan joined Finance South Yorkshire (now part of the Group) in 2010 as an Investment Manager within the business loans team based in Yorkshire, and has over 30 years’ experience in lending. He now has the role of Senior Investment Manager mainly focused on West and North Yorkshire for NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance.

Previous experience

He previously spent four years at YFM Group working on the Partnership Investment Finance Loan Fund in a similar role. His earlier roles have included investment manager with Brown Shipley, a London-based Merchant Bank providing lending solutions to high net worth clients, and also Leeds Building Society dealing with commercial property investment. Prior to those roles he spent 14 years with NatWest Bank plc where he was a relationship manager.

jonathan.craig@mercia.co.uk

About

Melanie joined Finance South Yorkshire (now part of the Group) in 2006 and is part of the Finance Yorkshire Portfolio Team. She is a Portfolio Executive with responsibility for monitoring the performance and realisation of the business loans on the Finance Yorkshire fund mainly covering the South Yorkshire area. Melanie is also working with the NPIF – Mercia Debt Team to introduce referrals from her portfolio and other sources. She will ultimately be responsible for the monitoring and realisation of the investments made through this fund.

Previous experience

Melanie previously worked for UK Steel Enterprise for four years as an investment administrator on the South Yorkshire Investment Fund Small Business Fund. Here she put in place all the processes to help the smooth running of the fund management role. She also has experience in retail, corporate pensions, project management and purchase ledger roles.

 

melanie.reynolds@mercia.co.uk

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

Paul joined the Group in 2006 with more than 30 years’ experience in lending. He is the Managing Director, Mercia Debt Funds and heads up Mercia’s lending activity. Paul was heavily involved in the launch of both SME Loans Funds and is also Fund Manager for NPIF in Yorkshire and Humber and was also responsible for several successful exits including Core RFID and Finch Consulting.

Previous experience

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.

paul.taberner@mercia.co.uk