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Team

A team of highly experienced and commercially aware ABL professionals


Mike Fletcher

Commercial Director

Having joined IGF in 2017 Mike has spent time across both Business Development and Portfolio/Relationship Management.

In recent times, following a period as Head of Portfolio, with focus on assisting and supporting IGF’s ever growing client base, Mike now leads the national origination team as Commercial Director.

Key areas of commercial expertise include structuring and delivering ABL facilities between £1m and £25m in support of event driven opportunities, including MBO’s/MBI’s, acquisitions, refinances for growth and turnaround.

Mike’s experience in the independent funding market ensures that maximising liquidity and minimising execution risk are key areas of focus for each transaction.

Previous employment includes Centric Commercial Finance and Shawbrook Bank.

Jon Hughes

Director

Jon joined IGF as part of the acquisition team in April 2016. In his role, he heads the national business development activities for the Group.

Jon has over 20 years’ experience in both the Invoice Finance and Asset-Based Lending sector. During his career, he has worked for NMB Heller, GE Capital and, latterly, RBS Asset Based Lending. Jon has been involved in deals of all sizes and degrees of complexity in the UK and the US.

Jamie O’Neill

ABL Director – London

Jamie joined IGF in July 2021 as an ABL Business Development Director in London and the South East.

He has over 12 years’ experience in Asset Based Lending, having started his career in 2008 at RBS Invoice Finance on their Fast Track Development. Since then Jamie has spent time with Aldermore Bank, ABN AMRO and more recently BREAL Zeta.

During his career he has developed a strong track record in structuring complex ABL facilities across receivables, inventory, plant and machinery and property, supporting clients, sponsors and introducers in the lower mid-market space.

Jamie has an applied diploma in corporate banking from the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Paul Edmeades

ABL Director, Midlands

Paul joined IGF in February 2017 to head up and develop the Underwriting Team for the Group. Having achieved this objective and to support the wider growth aspirations of IGF he agreed in April 2018 to transition into a Commercial role and is now responsible for all new business activity across the Midlands region, where he has lived for the last 13 years.

Key areas of commercial expertise include structuring and delivering ABL facilities for event driven opportunities, including MBO’s/MBI’s, acquisitions, refinances for growth and turnaround.

Paul has over 20 years experience in the Asset Based Lending industry and has held senior Risk, Portfolio and Commercial roles, most recently with Shawbrook Bank but also with GE Capital and NMB Heller.

Richard Spielbichler

ABL Director, North of England

Richard joined IGF in August 2016 to lead our business development activity for the North of England. Before this, Richard was with GE Capital’s Asset Based Lending business for 12 years. He has also worked in business development roles within the Bank and Asset-Based Lending functions of RBS Group.

Richard is an Asset Based Lending professional with more than 20 years’ experience helping companies grow using bespoke funding solutions that increase working capital. These include Management Buy Outs, acquisitions, turnaround finance and refinance.

Michael Ward

ABL Director, Yorkshire

Michael began his strong career with 17 years at RBS, leading him to a relationship manager role within the invoice finance team. He continued his career over the last two years as senior relationship manager at NatWest and relationships director at Shawbrook Bank.

Oliver Smith

Associate ABL Director

Following his studies at the University of Manchester, Oliver went on to begin his career in Tier 1 investment banks, working at Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Here he worked in the Fixed Income Bonds Team which oversaw $10bn of trades per day settling in all major international markets.

Oliver moved back to Birmingham in search of an independent firm, where he could see growth potential and ultimately work in the SME space. Since joining IGF in September 2019, he has worked on a number of transactions, delivering ABL deals across the Midlands working alongside Paul Edmeades.

John Allbrook

Chairman

John is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Cellesce, a biotechnology start-up, and is a Board Mentor with Critical Eye, the peer-to-peer Board community.

Since leaving GE Capital in 2004 John has built an impressive track record working with private equity and AIM-listed businesses in both the financial services and technology sectors. As CEO of GoIndustry plc, John was instrumental in helping the company to secure an AIM listing. As Executive Chairman of Syscap, he grew revenues and EBITDA significantly. Enabling the successful sale of the business to the Wesleyan Mutual Assurance Society.

At IGF, John will be providing counsel on how IGF can best support the growth ambitions of SMEs, many of which are backed by the UK’s leading Private Equity houses. 

John Onslow

CEO

John Onslow is an industry veteran and brings a wealth of experience to his role as Chief Executive of the IGF Group. In April 2016, John led the Management Buy Out/Buy In of IGF, and brought with him colleagues to develop the Asset Based Lending side of the business.

He is a former Chairman of ABFA (The Asset Based Finance Association) and co-founder of Centric Commercial Finance, where he was CEO through to its sale to Shawbrook Bank. Under Shawbrook Bank’s ownership, he was a member of the executive team which ran the bank. Before founding Centric, John was COO of GE Commercial Finance and Deputy Group MD of NMB-Heller.

Stephen Moore

Chief Financial Officer

Stephen is a qualified Chartered Accountant and manages the Finance and Treasury functions in IGF.

After working in the Asset Based Lending sector for 8 years with NMB-Heller, Stephen has worked for many years in senior finance roles in Financial Services, initially with RBS Insurance and then with a private equity backed Life Insurance company, where he successfully led a team through a period of rapid growth and change, ultimately leading to a listing on the London Stock Exchange. He joined IGF as a Consultant following the acquisition in 2016, and was appointed as Head of Finance in May 2017.

Mike Fletcher

Commercial Director

Having joined IGF in 2017 Mike has spent time across both Business Development and Portfolio/Relationship Management.

In recent times, following a period as Head of Portfolio, with focus on assisting and supporting IGF’s ever growing client base, Mike now leads the national origination team as Commercial Director.

Key areas of commercial expertise include structuring and delivering ABL facilities between £1m and £25m in support of event driven opportunities, including MBO’s/MBI’s, acquisitions, refinances for growth and turnaround.

Mike’s experience in the independent funding market ensures that maximising liquidity and minimising execution risk are key areas of focus for each transaction.

Previous employment includes Centric Commercial Finance and Shawbrook Bank.

Andrew Hey

Head of Underwriting

Andrew joined IGF in July 2018 to manage the Group’s Underwriting team

Originally graduating in Engineering, Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then gained many years of experience in ABL, initially with GE Commercial Finance and more recently as Head Of ABL Underwriting with Shawbrook Bank. Prior to Shawbrook he worked at Centric Commercial Finance throughout the period of growth that culminated in the acquisition by the Bank.

Andrew’s experience is in analyzing and structuring ABL transactions across a broad range of sectors and complexities; typically event driven opportunities including acquisitions, restructurings and turnarounds.

Jim Millar

Head of Portfolio

Jim is a veteran of the industry having spent many years in senior risk related roles at Barclays and GE Commercial Finance, this last role as Head of Portfolio. At IGF Jim was Senior Underwriter, recently moving to be Head of Portfolio, responsible for managing risk across a growing book and ensuring the high level of customer service our clients have become accustomed too is maintained.

Simon Jacobs

Relationship Director

Simon joined in October 2016 to develop and manage the Group’s client portfolio. Simon has been in the invoice finance and ABL sector for over 20 years working for NMB-Heller, GE Capital and Centric Commercial Finance (now Shawbrook).

Simon has a wide range of experience having worked with SME’s across various sectors through changing business cycles.

Matt Ascott

Chief Information Officer

Matt joined IGF in March 2018 as Chief Information Officer. He leads the business change agenda, development of technology and ongoing IT operations.

Matt’s career started in accountancy having gained his degree in accountancy before moving into the world of IT.  He spent several years consulting in financial systems across a diverse range of organisations and then moved into financial services where his experience spans 18 years, with exposure across all areas of IT and Change in both regulated and non-regulated environments.

His most recent role was leading delivery and innovation for the Business Finance division of Shawbrook Bank.

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