Management Team

Chairman: Sir George Mathewson
Non Executive Directors: Graham Alcock, Robin Ashton, Roger Lovering, Lindsey McMurray


Richard Pyman

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Pyman joined the Group in March 2012 and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Shawbrook Bank Limited since April 2014. Previously, Richard was managing director of Singers Asset Finance Holdings, a role that he had held since 2005. He held positions on the banking side of Singer & Friedlander from 1991 to 2004, including head of credit from 2000 to 2004. During his time as managing director of Singers Asset Finance, Richard led three acquisitions and one divestment, as well as completing Singers Asset Finance’s AAA-rated securitisation in 2010. Richard is also a non-executive director of Weatherbys Bank Limited. He holds an MA in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University and an MBA from City University Business School.

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Tom Wood

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Wood currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company and as a Director. Tom has significant experience in banking and financial management. Prior to joining the Group in 2012, Tom was the finance director of NBNK Investments plc and group CFO of Skipton Group. He began his career in financial services with Barclays where he held a number of senior roles in finance, risk and corporate development. Subsequently he was group CFO of Derbyshire Building Society, playing a key role in its merger with Nationwide, and also played a leading role in the restructure of Northern Rock in 2009. He is ACA qualified and holds a LLB (Hons) in International Law from Glasgow University.

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Stephen Johnson

Managing Director, Commercial Mortgages

Stephen has 12 years' experience in building specialist lending businesses, primarily with operational and commercial experience of the UK intermediary market. Stephen was part of the founding team at Commercial First and established a key profile in the intermediary market with a number of the significant loan distributors and wider IFA and mortgage networks.

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Philip George

Managing Director, Secured Lending

Prior to Shawbrook, Philip was Managing Director of Commercial First Mortgages since 2003. In 2009, Philip also became Managing Director and co-founder of Link Loans Ltd, a prime secured loan lender. Prior to joining Commercial First Mortgages, Philip, a qualified banker, had been the Managing Director of First National Bank — the leading finance house and specialist lending arm of Abbey National plc. His career with First National spanned over 30 years, culminating in becoming Managing Director in 1997 and CEO in 2000.

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Jim Cannon

Managing Director, Asset Finance

Jim has been in the finance industry for 36 years. He started his career with Bowmaker and worked for a small number of finance companies (including Hitachi) before joining Singer & Friedlander 15 years ago to establish block discounting. In 2005, Jim became CEO of Singers Corporate Asset Finance, Managing Director of the Corporate division of asset finance in 2013, and most recently Managing Director of Asset Finance in 2014.

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Nick McAuliffe

Managing Director, Consumer Lending

Nick brings with him 20 years’ experience in the finance industry, having worked across a number of high profile organisations including Commercial First Mortgages, GE Capital and First National Bank. With extensive commercial knowledge and a strong background in B2B sales and operations, Nick has held executive roles as COO at Shawbrook, Sales Director and General Manager at GE as well as e-commerce Manager at First National Bank.

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Simon Furnell

Managing Director, Savings & Outsourced Services

Simon has extensive banking and financial services experience in operations, establishing and leading outsourced service provision, service and operational transformation programmes across a range of product divisions and financial institutions. Simon joined Shawbrook in 2014 having previously directed major business transformation programmes at both Barclays and Barclaycard. His previous roles include Call Centre Director, Customer Services Director and Change Director in various divisions of the Lloyds Banking Group.

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John Onslow

Managing Director, Shawbrook Business Credit

John has over 30 years’ experience in the banking industry. John is the former Chairman of the Asset Backed Finance Association and is a member of its executive committee. John joined Shawbrook in 2014, following the acquisition of Centric. Previous roles include Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer at GE Commercial Finance. Prior to this John spent a number of years with NMB Heller as Operations Director, Underwriting Director and Divisional Managing Director.

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Nick Ellis-Calcott

IT Director

Prior to joining Shawbrook, Nicholas was part of the founding team of Commercial First Mortgages as IT Director. He was responsible for the implementation and administration of all IT systems and infrastructure, and played a key role in the launch of the first commercial mortgage application portal ‘Cfirst’, a platform that received industry wide success. He has a track record of building highly available and highly resilient systems and infrastructures.

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Claire Withey

Human Resources Director

Claire began her career at the Bank of England. She then went on to hold various human resources positions, UK and global, with a number of organisations including AMEC Group plc, Atos Origin, KPMG, Barclays, and Commercial First. She also has an array of experience working with SMEs and start-up businesses, recently implementing strategy to guide Shawbrook through a number of merger and acquisition activities.

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Daniel Rushbrook

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Daniel holds a law degree from Oxford University and a Masters law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and worked in commercial private practice in the City for nine years, first with Linklaters LLP then Macfarlanes LLP. In 2004, he became the first in-house lawyer for Commercial First Mortgages Limited, joining its Board as Legal Director a year later. Daniel transferred to Shawbrook in 2011, as part of the Commercial First management team.