I fell into banking almost accidentally in 1984, having left school with the most desirable ‘A’ levels for a career in finance; chemistry and geography!
I switched to commercial banking in 1988, and helped set up one of the Bank’s first dedicated commercial centres, managing and lending to SME’s, large corporates and professionals nationally, in the days before segregation and geographical restrictions.
After some 15 years of happiness and job satisfaction (yes really!) things had changed to a point where the Bank seemed more focussed on matters other than lending. Co-incidentally around that time an old colleague introduced me to the MD at Omega, which gave me the opportunity to get back to proper lending again. After 7 years as a broker, the latter couple of years also including some operational duties, I was asked to formally become Operations Director which has been my role now for almost 2 years. My main responsibilities relate to the day to day running of the business, which includes discussing cases with the other brokers to assist where I can and also maintaining our many close lender relationships. Truth be told I do still enjoy getting my hands dirty helping businesses obtain much needed funding, and take every opportunity to do just that when time allows.