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Team Directory

Our highly experienced and motivated team of Finance Consultants is based across our five regional UK Hubs, so they are close to our clients. Their combined knowledge of our specialist sectors helps our clients realise their ambitions to purchase or refinance businesses.

London and the South East

John Mitchell

Managing Director - Christie Finance

Throughout his career, John has specialised in arranging commercial mortgages across the retail, leisure and healthcare sectors. John originally joined Christie Finance in 1998 and, over the next eight years, built up solid relationships with the leading lending institutions. This enabled him to negotiate the best deals for our clients, which he has continued to do since rejoining the company in 2011.

Neil Collins

Finance Consultant

Neil has over 17 years’ experience in the commercial banking and finance sector, working for three high street banks in this time within the retail, not for profit/education and hospitality sectors. Based out of London and covering the whole of the South East, Neil takes great pride in obtaining funding for his clients, and is always looking for ways to help. Neil has an excellent reputation for customer service which has led to many of his clients referring friends, family and business connections to him.

Ram Kakar

Finance Consultant

Joining us with an impressive background as a commercial broker, Ram brings experience of assisting various clients in the industry. Ram is now looking forward to utilising his expertise and supporting our team in the South East. He is especially looking forward to assisting with our Real Estate finance proposition at Christie Finance, which he believes has significant potential.

South West and Wales

Jimmy Johns

Finance Consultant

Prior to Joining Christie Finance, Jimmy worked in commercial banking for over 15 years. During this time he gained various qualifications in banking and advanced commercial lending. Jimmy draws on this experience and focuses on making sure that clients receive the very best service when looking for the funding they need.


Ed Brown

Finance Consultant

Ed has over 15 years’ experience in financial services, predominantly gained working for banks, and holds both a degree in Business Administration and the Diploma in Financial Planning. Prior to joining Christie Finance in 2019, he was a mortgage consultant at St James’s Place. Ed now works across all of Christie Finance’s specialist sectors, supporting clients with business purchases and refinancing term debt.

Lawrence Roberts

Finance Consultant

Lawrence joined Christie Finance in November 2017 as a Finance Consultant in the Midlands Team. He has over 10 years experience as a commercial banker working for a High Street Bank. Lawrence utilises this expertise of how banks work to assist clients across all our specialist sectors to access the most competitive funding options to aid their plans for purchase, refinance or further business development.


Alena Ray

Finance Consultant

Alena joined Christie Finance in 2016 as a Finance Consultant, bringing a decade of experience in commercial banking. Alena uses her extensive knowledge of the funding market to assist clients in securing appropriate finance with highly competitive terms and rates. Alena provides holistic advice by seamlessly working alongside her clients from initial enquiry to completion of a funding application. Alena has a Bachelors’ Degree in Accountancy and Finance.

Shahmoz Rafiq

Finance Consultant

Shahmoz joins Christie Finance having previously worked for high street and challenger banks alike. After working with a variety of profiles in these positions, Shahmoz joins the Christie Finance team in the North in 2021, supporting clients with their funding needs, bringing his regulatory and non-regulatory financial background to the table.


Stephen McConalogue

Finance Consultant

Stephen joined Christie Finance in 2016 as a New Business Executive, having previously worked in Pensions & Investments. Prior to this Stephen worked in sales after ‘hanging up his boots’ following a professional football career which included representing Scotland at U21 level. Stephen now helps guide clients across Scotland in understanding the finance options available and supporting them through every step of their funding application. He was promoted to Finance Consultant in January 2017.

Pharmacy and Dental

David Ward

Senior Director

A qualified banker with many years’ experience arranging commercial finance, David specialises in sourcing funding for dental practices and pharmacies. Advising and supporting clients who wish to acquire a single asset, expand their portfolio or refinance, he specialises in delivering funding for both NHS and private medical businesses across the UK.

Craig Dickson


Craig joined Christie Finance in 2010 and has over 15 years experience within the Banking and Commercial Finance Sector. Prior to joining Christie Finance, he built up invaluable experience and contacts in business development roles at the Bank of Scotland and Barclays. Throughout his career, Craig has been involved in arranging funding across all our sectors and his clients benefit from his hands on, professional and common sense approach. As a testament to the high levels of service he delivers, Craig was made Director in 2014.

Gary Boyce


Gary brings well-honed deal-making skills to the Christie Finance team, having spent almost 20 years at senior level on the front line of business banking and commercial brokering. With a wealth of relevant experience in our specialist sectors across South-West England and Wales. Gary works with clients to find the right finance package for their business – whether it’s for a new venture or refinancing for an existing operation.

Richard Bruton

Finance Consultant

Richard joined Christie Finance in 2019, bringing with him over 20 years of banking experience, 12 of which specialising in the Healthcare sector whilst working in the City. Richard’s achievements also include several qualifications from the Chartered Bankers Institute, all of which continue to help him provide bespoke financial solutions for his clients.


Shaun Watts


Shaun has over ten years working in the SME funding market, He joined Christie Finance in 2017 to develop the Unsecured and asset finance division of the business. Shaun was appointed director in December 2018 and is backed by a strong team who have established themselves as the go to provider for ‘fast & flexible’ business finance. Shaun’s knowledge and experience in this area will continue to make finance readily available to clients across all of Christie Finance’s specialist sectors.

Tony Howard

Senior Finance Consultant

Tony joined Christie Finance in the early part of 2018 as part of Christie Finance’s growing unsecured funding division. Prior to this Tony worked as a Senior Consultant at White Oak for 16 years, before being promoted to Channel Development Consultant, assisting in manging and growing efficient indirect and inbound sales business. Tony is a highly experienced and client focused individual, aiming to provide competitive finance solutions for all clients. In his spare time Tony enjoys playing football and coaching a junior football team.

Leah Ridgway

Finance Consultant

Leah joined the team at Christie Finance in early 2021 having previously worked at White Oak for the past four years. During this time, she worked across numerous sectors, mostly in professional services dealing with VAT, tax, PII and acquisitions. Prior to White Oak, Leah worked for a manufacturing firm and as an account manager in a multichannel communications business.

Glenn Trew

Finance Consultant

Glenn joined Christie Finance in February 2021, bringing extensive finance experience to the team, having most recently spent several years at Wesleyan Bank as a commercial account manager providing funding to professionals and the SME sector, ranging from short term unsecured cash flow solutions to long term secured facilities. Glenn has also served time as a senior manager within the retail and hospitality sectors and delivered services to the care (domiciliary) and logistics industry, thus giving Glenn a unique insight into the core sectors of Christie Finance. Glenn is a keen golfer and has most recently got back on his push bike.

Dan Austin

Finance Consultant

Dan joined the Unsecured division at Christie Finance in June 2021 having previously worked for a high street lender in the new customer team, and most recently as a relationship manager. Dan enjoys focusing on getting clients the result they want, but also looking after their best interests. When not securing competitive finance, Dan is a keen hockey player, having played competitively since the age of 15 years old in several local teams.