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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.

Chris Field

Director - Corporate

Chris draws on more than 20 years’ experience of banking and finance in London and The City to help our clients secure exactly the funding they need for the business they want. He knows our specialist market sectors inside out and takes the same professional, meticulous approach to all clients, whether they are a sole trader or multi-unit corporate operator. Chris’s expertise and success in our London office was recognised in 2010, when he was made a Director at Christie Finance.

Brian Love

Finance Consultant

Brian joined Christie Finance in 2016 bringing with him over 10 years experience across retail and commercial banking, much of this in our specialist sectors. Having achieved industry recognised qualifications, Brian is able to put this knowledge and experience into practice to benefit his clients in securing the right finance to help them achieve their ambitions.

Emma Vanson

Finance Consultant

Emma joined Christie Finance in 2018 having graduated from BPP Business School, achieving an Upper Second Class Honours in Business Management with Finance. Whilst studying for her degree, Emma worked part time for a commercial property management company and also completed a three month internship at an award winning financial advisory firm, enabling Emma to gain valuable insight into the financial sector.

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.


Matthew Gudgeon

Finance Consultant

After more than ten years working for high street lenders working with SME’s, Corporates and property companies across the country, Matthew joined Christie Finance to bring his wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector to the Leeds office where he is now based.

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.


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.

Jawad Anjum


After nearly 10 years in the financial services industry working for the likes of HSBC and Barclays Jawad joined the Christie Finance team in 2014. A qualified financial advisor and mortgage consultant, Jawad focuses on getting the right finance at the right price for clients across all our specialist sectors.

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 10 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.

Jacob Tate

Finance Consultant

Jacob has kick started his finance career working for the previous two years as a New Business Account Manager at Wesleyan Bank, where he accrued insightful experience into cash flow funding and asset financing, supporting both the commercial and professional space to help cater to their individual financing needs.

Jillian Sheron

Finance Consultant

Jillian joined Christie Finance in the later part of 2019, bringing extensive asset finance experience to the team. Jillian spent 10 years working in the Asset Finance division at HBOS, before making the move into insurance sales spending a further 10 years working with consumers fulfilling their life and critical illness requirements. Most recently Jillian gained further expertise working at Close Brothers Asset Finance securing asset finance facilities for the UK business with specialist sector knowledge in the manufacturing/engineering and construction/recycling industries.

Rhys Cunnah

Finance Consultant

Rhys has accrued a wealth of experience in a relatively short space of time, having supported directors with a range of portfolios across Commercial and SME’s for Natwest since completing his A-Levels at 17. Following two years here, Rhys moved to Coutts to cover commercial real estate and media portfolios. Further experience with RBS, and qualifications through the Chartered Banker Institute such as Professional Bankers Certificate, Professional Banker Diploma and a Certificate in Lending have enabled Rhys to excel since he has been working with our Unsecured division, providing fast and flexible finance to many clients with excellent results.

Stephanie McKeown

Finance Consultant

Stephanie joined Christie Finance in 2019 as part of the growing Unsecured and asset finance team. Stephanie brings a broad spectrum of experience, having held roles in Business Development specialising in commercial invoice finance for various sectors including trade and industrial, as well as travelling the world in hospitality management, Stephanie is well placed to know what businesses need and how to help yours realise its potential.