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

Tom joined Mercia in 2019 as an Investment Associate within the NPIF team, focusing on early and growth-stage businesses located throughout Yorkshire, the Humber and Tees Valley. Tom is involved in all aspects of the deal cycle from origination, analysis and execution through to his board roles at a number of portfolio companies.

 

Previous experience

Prior to Mercia, Tom completed an internship at PwC working with the tax team on a range of corporate and private equity transactions. Tom graduated with a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick in 2019.

 

About

Will joined the Mercia in 2011, and has over 16 years’ experience in venture capital. He is Managing Director, Regional Venture Funds heading up the team that provides support for entrepreneurs to build high-growth innovative companies. These funds provide risk capital for new and early-stage startups, both tech and non-tech, together with scale-up capital for ambitious, established growth businesses located throughout the regions.

Will is also responsible for investments in Intechnica and Azzure IT.

Previous experience

Will was previously a director with 3i, based in Manchester, with responsibility for a £500.0m portfolio of investments across the UK. The earlier part of his career was spent with Ernst & Young as a member of its corporate finance team in the north of England. Will has been working with regionally-based growth and venture capital-backed companies since 1989, and in that time has been involved in more than 150 transactions.

will.clark@mercia.co.uk

About

Will joined Mercia in 2018 as an Investment Manager. As part of our Yorkshire-based equity team, he’s primarily focused on the origination and execution of deals for the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, in particular the provision of growth capital to trading SMEs with ambitious and innovative management teams.

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

Previous experience

Will spent more than six years in corporate finance as an M&A specialist with KPMG in Leeds and The McLean Group in Washington DC. Whilst in the US he was typically working with tech-focused, mid-market companies delivering solutions to public sector customers, namely in aerospace, defence and government services, and healthcare. In his last year at KPMG, Will was seconded to NorthInvest, where he developed an angel investor network and support ecosystem for tech startups across the North of England. Prior to his corporate finance career, Will was a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a bipartisan policy thinktank in Washington DC.

Will.Schaffer@mercia.co.uk

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

Maurice joined Mercia in 2017 and is an Investment Associate with the NPIF – Mercia Equity Team. Working across Yorkshire, Humber and Tees Valley, Maurice’s role includes sourcing and executing early-stage deals whilst also being responsible for reporting to our NPIF stakeholder, the British Business Bank.

Maurice is also a member of the Mercia Knowledge Committee.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Mercia, Maurice was responsible for all investment operations on the Finance Yorkshire Equity Linked Fund. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management and an MSc joint honour in Finance and Marketing, both from Manchester Metropolitan University.

 

maurice.disasi@mercia.co.uk

About

Megan joined the Group in 2018 as an Investment Associate for the NPIF – Mercia Equity Team, which is focused on investing in businesses located throughout Yorkshire, Humber and the Tees Valley. Megan is based in our Leeds office, and provides research and deal origination support to the Investment Team.

Previous experience

Megan has a background in deal origination, having previously worked at Langcliffe Merger Connect, where she was a senior deal executive in their private equity team, specifically working with their European clients. Megan holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds.

megan.noble@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

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Pete joined the Group in 2017 and has over 30 years’ lending experience. He is Investment Director for NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, focusing on delivering the Fund into Sheffield City region.

Pete is also a member of the Mercia Spirit Committee, a group-wide programme translating our values into worthy initiatives.

Previous experience

Prior to joining the Group, Pete was with RBS where his final role was director for Commercial Banking in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, running the bank’s relationship management team across that area. Experienced in lending to the SME sector, he spent six months seconded to the bank’s lending programme project in 2013, in response to the challenge of increasing its performance in this area. Prior to that he held the role of relationship director in commercial banking, working directly with the SME sector in the same area. Pete has worked with the SME community in and around the region since 1996.

 

pete.sorsby@mercia.co.uk