About the Leasing Foundation
The Leasing Foundation, founded in 2012, is a not-for-profit organisation that has three key focus areas – innovation; young people; and diversity and inclusion – which are crucial in terms of driving growth across the industry. From its inception, the Leasing Foundation has sought to demonstrate that there are many ways to support the development of the industry with a focus on getting the job done rather than structures and titles. It has been a platform from which projects and initiatives are launched, and has partnered with the FLA and the AF-PA Trust amongst others to ensure that the industry has a flow of initiatives that promote innovation and research to ensure the business finance sector is as successful as possible and continues to play a vital role in helping organisations in the UK access the finance they need.
The Leasing Foundation is led by a board of eight, focused on innovation, young people and diversity and inclusion:
Mike Randall (Simply, Innovation and chair)
Mike is CEO of Simply and chair of the Leasing Foundation. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the asset finance sector and in 2017 he founded Simply, with a vision to attract the best people and work as one team to help customers and brokers secure the funding they need. Believing there is an opportunity to challenge the current industry status quo, Mike is focused on recreating the customer experience by challenging current standards. He is also passionate about encouraging cross-sector collaboration which will help all small and medium enterprises across the UK grow and prosper. Mike has a focus on innovation and actively developing young talent.
Nathan Mollett (Metro Bank, Next Generation)
Nathan is director of Metro Bank Asset Finance. He is a business leader with a high level of experience across all areas of asset finance and business finance, having worked for bank owned, private equity owned, and independent asset finance businesses with a strong track record in scale up environments. Prior to joining Metro, he worked at Syscap (Wesleyan Bank) for 16 years with responsibility for sales and marketing with a focus on technology finance. Nathan is a passionate supporter of SME and is a Board director at the Leasing Foundation, specifically responsible for the NextGen Network & Industry Insights programme. He is committed to making the business finance industry a destination of choice for the next generation of talented, career-minded young individuals across the UK.
Graeme Chisholm (CBRC, Next Generation)
Graeme is the managing director of specialist search and selection firm CBC Resourcing Solutions and has over 30 years’ experience in recruiting in and around the European asset finance industry.
He has been actively involved with The Leasing Foundation since 2017 and remains committed to supporting and developing opportunities for young people in the industry. This includes helping them create networks with like-minded colleagues from across the sector to broaden their depth of knowledge and opportunity. The ultimate aim is to make asset finance a “career of choice” and to attract and retain talent in this great area of business lending.
Carol Roberts (1pm, Diversity and Inclusion)
Carol is head of asset finance at specialist finance provider 1PM plc. She has over 50 years experience in the financial services industry including 35 years with GE Capital and Bibby Financial Services, prior to her role at 1pm. Carol is a member of the board of the Finance & Leasing Association and of the Leasing Foundation.
Jo Davis (Locke Lord, Diversity and Inclusion)
Joanne is a partner at international law firm Locke Lord and head of Asset, Leasing & Consumer Finance, UK. She advises financial services companies, from global banks and financial institutions to small banks and fintech businesses. Jo led Locke Lord’s Asset and Consumer Finance group in London which was honoured by International Asset Finance Network as Professional Services Firm of the Year 2019. Jo is a Leasing Foundation board member, specifically responsible for the Diversity and Inclusion programme.
Ian Isaac (Lombard, non-executive)
Ian is managing director at Lombard, the UK’s largest provider of asset finance and part of Nat West Bank. His career has stretched across 30 years with the bank. Ian is currently responsible for the leadership of asset finance across all UK business sectors, from SMEs to large corporates and including specialist fleet, unit stocking and technology businesses. Ian is a board member of the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) and a former chairman of the FLA’s Asset Finance Division. He is also a director or The Leasing Foundation.
Gavin Wraith-Carter (Hitachi Capital, non-executive)
Gavin is managing director at Hitachi Capital Business Finance. Gavin has been a powerful influence within the business finance sector for more than 30 years, since beginning his career at Lombard UK. Gavin was a part of the early team that formed First National Asset Finance in 2001, a business that went on to become the backbone of the £3billion UK ING Lease UK. He came to Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC in February 2013 and quickly became a key member of the senior management team – doubling the business finance portfolio in his first 12 months. Appointed as managing director in September 2014, Gavin continues to raise the Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC brand significantly within the business finance sector. Gavin is a non-exec for the Leasing Foundation.
Andrew Denton (Alfa Financial Software, non-executive)
Andrew is Alfa's chief executive officer. Andrew joined the company in 1995 and became a member of the board of directors in 2003 as sales and marketing director. He was made chief operating officer in 2014 and became CEO in September 2016. Andrew is also a non-executive director and joint founder of the Leasing Foundation, an organisation that supports the leasing and asset finance industry through charitable activities, research and development.