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 AFPA 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.
It has over 150 members and is led by a board of seven.
Our mission: to support the business finance industry through personal and professional development
The Leasing Foundation is led by a board focused on innovation, the next generation of leaders and diversity / inclusion:
Mike Randall (Simply, Chair and Innovation)
Mike is CEO of Simply and has over 30 years’ experience in the asset finance sector. 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 is a director of the Leasing Foundation, with a focus on innovation and actively developing young talent.
Nathan Mollett (UTB, Next Generation)
Nathan is head of asset finance at United Trust Bank. 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 and 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 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 (Auxillias, Diversity and Inclusion)
Jo has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level working for major UK law firms and in-house at RBS and VWFS. Jo specialises in the asset, motor finance, leasing and consumer finance sectors, provides financial services advice (non-contentious and contentious) across a wide range of finance products and helps building online finance platforms for the broker and the lending market. Jo provides legal counsel and compliance and regulatory advice to her clients and is ranked in Chambers as one of the leading lawyers in the UK in consumer finance. Jo also sits on the Leasing Foundation and the CCTA board, as well as being a board advisor to two fintechs.
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.
Andrew Denton (Alfa Financial Software, non-executive)
Andrew is Alfa’s chief executive officer and leads the group. 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 director and joint founder of the Leasing Foundation, an organisation that supports the leasing and asset finance industry through charitable activities, research and development.