The Board

Executive Directors

Ian Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Ian has 30 years’ experience in business as a board level Finance Director and Chief Executive following qualification as an accountant. Previously, Ian was a member of the management team which successfully sold Q Chip Ltd to Midatech plc in 2014 and also sold UDEX Limited on behalf of 3i plc in 2006 and, as Finance Director of Surface Technology Systems plc, he was instrumental in its flotation on AIM in December 2000, subsequently leading the business as Chief Executive through the technology sector downturn from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that Ian was Group Finance Director to LSE-listed UK Safety Plc.

Ian is responsible for all of the Strategic and Operational activities of the group in the CEO role and also sits on the Nominations, Remuneration and Risk Committees of the Board of Directors.

  Ian Smith
Mike Nolan

Chief Strategic Officer

Mike was a founder director of Academy Leasing having worked in the asset finance sector since 1978 originally with Lloyds and Scottish Finance. He has been MD of Academy since its inception in 1987 and brings a wealth of experience to the team at 1pm. Married with four grown up children and four grandchildren his interests outside work are mainly sporting related especially rugby.

Mike is responsible for the credit decisions taken by each group company in his role as Chief Risk Officer. Mike is also Chief Strategic Officer with responsibility for assessing strategic developments along with the CEO.

  Mike Nolan
Helen Walker

Chief Finance Officer

Helen is a chartered management accountant. In the past Helen has worked as a financial manager for both Vodafone and the Virgin Group and while in the position of financial controller at Fishworks PLC gained experience of working with an AIM quoted company.

Helen is responsible for all the financial management and reporting aspects of the group.

  Helen Walker

Non-executive Directors

John Newman

Non-executive Chairman

John is a qualified accountant and has worked in audit with Coopers & Lybrand and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse. His extensive corporate experience includes executive directorships of four quoted companies. In the last ten years of his executive career John was CEO of LSE-listed UK Safety plc. Since then he has been a non-executive director of three AIM-listed companies and of a NHS Trust. John’s voluntary work has included being Chairman of Headway Bristol and a business adviser for The Prince’s Trust.

In addition to Chairing the Board, John also Chairs the Nominations and Audit Committees and is a member of the Remuneration and Risk Committees.

  John Newman
Ron Russell

Non-executive Director

Ronald Russell has been a strong supporter of the Company since floatation. He has an extensive background in both investing and advising smaller businesses. Ronald Russell is currently a director of UK Private Healthcare Limited, Scot-Leasing Limited, Polish Private Healthcare Limited, and a partner of Delron LLP. Ron is also a qualified accountant.

Ron is a member of the Audit and Risk Committees.

 
Julian Telling

Non-executive Director

Julian Telling is a native Bristolian who has been involved in the financial services sector since the early 80’s. Having established his own retail financial service group in the mid 80’s, it was listed in 2005 and sold in 2008. Since then he has been involved in a number of AiM listed financial service businesses and has extensive experience in acquisitions, rights issues and trade sales. Julian has a variety of other business interests ranging from property to aviation and is also actively involved in a number of charities.

Julian is the senior independent director on the Board and Chairs the Remuneration and Risk Committees. He is also member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.

  Julian Telling

 

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Information last updated 11/04/2017.