Executive Directors

The plc Board set the culture, direction and overall governance structure of the group; its membership includes:

Ian Smith - CEO


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.

James Roberts - CFO


Chief Finance Officer

James has worked in the financial services sector since 2000 initially qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in the City. For the past decade James has held senior management and Director level roles for AIM listed, global organisations and rapid growth early stage companies including Finance and Operations Director of AIM listed Jelf Financial Planning. James brings with him extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions and fast moving and rapidly growing businesses.

James has overall responsibility for all financial aspects of the group from reporting through to funding.

Non-Executive Directors

John Newman - Non-Executive Chairman


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.

Ron Russell- Non-Executive Director


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


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.

The above information has been disclosed pursuant to Rule 26 of the AIM Rules for Companies.
Information last updated 14/01/2020.

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1pm plc (Company No. 05845866) is the parent company of the wholly owned subsidiaries 1pm (UK) Limited, Academy Leasing Limited, Bradgate Business Finance Limited, Car Finance 2U and Intelligent Financing Limited who are individually authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
1pm plc (Company No. 05845866) is also the parent company of Gener8 Finance Limited and Positive Cashflow Finance Limited.
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