Association confirms 2019 Board of Directors

Following a voting process to appoint a new Board for 2019, via an online EGM, the NACFB received sufficient votes to be quorate.

It can therefore be confirmed that the following Members have been appointed as Board Directors:


  • Mike Deacon – Asset Based Finance & Leasing

  • Mike Geddes – Asset Finance Solutions (UK)

  • Phil Gray – Watts Commercial Finance

  • Steve Olejnik – Mortgages for Business

  • David Sampson – Omega Commercial Solutions

  • Geoff Wilson – White Rose Finance Group


At the AGM in November, Members voted to retain Paul Goodman and Adrian Coles as Chair and Vice Chair to ensure continuity whilst the new Board is established.

The Association have also filled the Specialist Director roles with the appointment of Russ Lewis and David Newborough, whilst Martine Catton (Catalyst Business Finance) and Dave Furnival (NatWest) complete the line-up as Patron Directors.

Ralph Black, Ray Wells, Robert Collins, Alan Ellison and Graham Hill have stepped down from their roles as Directors. The Association is grateful for their enthusiasm, dedication and insight that helped drive the NACFB forward and we wish them every success in the future. 


NACFB partners with SmartSearch to enhance anti-money laundering checks

The NACFB has teamed up with SmartSearch to provide its members with preferential access to its award-winning anti-money laundering platform.



The partnership comes in response to increased demand from NACFB Members for a simple and effective way to conduct due diligence checks on both individuals and businesses.

After scrutinising the market – and consulting with members – the Association found that SmartSearch’s unique platform was ideally suited to offer a solution. The SmartSearch platform uses data partners Experian, Equifax, Dow Jones and Companies House to conduct searches and checks on individuals and businesses both across the UK and the international markets.

The simple and easy to use system allows brokers to access all this data in seconds, and can even be done remotely thanks to SmartAML, SmartSearch’s fully integrated app.

The SmartSearch platform also delivers warning email alerts, to allow those responsible for AML compliance to keep a watching brief over users and ensures that enhanced due diligence is undertaken if PEPs or Sanctions warnings are highlighted.

Graham Toy chief executive officer at the NACFB, said: “We work hard to ensure our brokers receive a first-class proposition with their membership, including comprehensive compliance support. Through implementing SmartSearch we are able to provide them with a world class resource for this important element of compliance.”

“The feedback from brokers who already use the platform is overwhelmingly positive. These brokers have told us that SmartSearch is an efficient and effective way of conducting background searches. We remain committed to making the lives of commercial brokers easier, and we look forward to continuing to provide innovative solutions like this, to do just that.”

John Dobson, CEO of SmartSearch, said: “We are delighted to be working with the NACFB, the support they provide for brokers is unrivalled in the market and the addition of the SmartSearch serves only to enhance this further.”

Martin added: “With fraud on the rise and the fifth money laundering directive now being implemented, there has never been a time when AML services have been in greater demand.”

The Association have negotiated preferential rates for all NACFB Members, who we will be invoiced quarterly based on usage. We have set-up a dedicated portal for you to get your business registered, this can be found via:

You can find out more about the SmartSearch service by downloading the SmartSearch Brochure