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Meet The Team

Geoff Wilson

Founder and Executive Chairman

A qualified Mining Mechanical Engineer, Geoff then spent 20+ years in senior Sales and Marketing roles in the IT and Telecommunications sector. He launched White Rose Finance Group in 2004 and set about building the brokerage and forming what are now long-standing lender and industry relationships. Geoff has a strong interest in property development and investment.

 

John Kent

Managing Director

John oversees all aspects of the business and strategy. Following a 20-year career in the corporate world, John completed an MBA and followed his interest in financial services before joining the company in 2014. This coincided with the business being awarded FCA principal status and the formal launch of the Brokerplan Network.

 
 

Karen Kent

HR & Projects Director

Karen’s professional background includes extensive experience in finance and banking, including a number of years with Lloyd’s bank followed by a successful career with HR specialists Croner Consulting. Having operated as a commercial finance broker and set up and run her own holiday letting business while bringing up a young family Karen is also extremely adept a juggling a very busy schedule.

 

Simon Burke

Operations Director

Joining the business in 2021 having previously managed a large operation within a commercial banking environment at Yorkshire Bank/Virgin Money, Simon oversees all operations in our business. He has also spent a large part of his career as a commercial finance broker structuring property deals and working with listed companies to provide leverage. With 20 years in financial services, he brings experience in relationship management, operations, structuring and sales. 

Marcus Foster

Business Development Manager

After graduating from his university studies in Business and Marketing, Marcus began work with a digital marketing agency before then moving to White Rose Finance in 2018. He is instrumental in bringing new partners into our Appointed representative network as well as working on lender relationships and business strategy.

Andy Boycott

Training Manager

Following 20 years running a small business, Andy worked for various large organisations in the role of Learning & Development Manager. More recently working for a multi-national company as an area Franchise Development Manager, supporting a large partner network, Andy brings vast experience and is changing how we support our network.

 

David Fine

Network Support Manager

Following a degree in Management and a varied career across the world that included finance positions (Spain / Hong Kong / Tel Aviv), David returned to his home town and started his career with White rose in 2006. David has extensive experience of structuring deals and has a keen interest in complex development and bridging. 

Phil Coates

Relationship Manager

Having worked in business banking for 7 years at 2 high street banks, Phil ventured into the commercial bridging world working for a commercial brokerage. Phil joined White Rose in 2020 and structures and packages deals on behalf of our appointed representative network, across all product areas. 

Matt McCarron-Shipman

Relationship Manager

Starting his career on the High Street in Personal banking, Matthew then moved into business banking on-boarding commercial clients at Yorkshire Bank/Virgin Money. He has 12 years’ experience in the finance sector, and day to day at White Rose he structures and packages deals on behalf of our appointed representative network, across all product areas.

 

Kieran Everard

Relationship Manager

Kieran joined us from a bridging finance lender where he worked for 3 and a half years. Prior to this Kieran spent a number of years with a well-known packager in the Midlands and various roles with RBS & Natwest. Day to day, Kieran structures and packages deals on behalf of our appointed representative network. 

Lee Hesketh

Regulated Support Manager

Managing our internal mortgage desk and supporting our regulated network day to day, Lee has a wealth of experience in the Mortgage industry and has enjoyed roles with major high street banks, leading estate agents as well as other key employers in the region.

Matt Penszor

Mortgage & Protection Advisor

Following a successful 20 year career in the aviation industry, Matthew made a career change into the property and finance industry and became a Mortgage Advisor in 2019, working within an estate agency environment. He joined White Rose in September 2021 as a regulated Mortgage and Protection Advisor.

Sam Peel

Relationship Manager

Starting his career in business banking, Sam then moved into asset finance in 2015 working for a broker initially and then a direct lender. With over 9 year’s experience in the sector, Sam has a rounded experience to draw on. Day to day at White Rose he structures and packages deals on behalf of our appointed representative network, across all product areas.

Scarlett Benson-Collinson

Mortgage Administrator

Scarlett joined the team at White Rose in 2018. With a strong administration background, Scarlett has worked across both the commercial and regulated arms of our business. Day to day, she is a dedicated mortgage administrator supporting our internal mortgage desk and wider regulated network. 

Becki Lambert

Compliance Administrator

Becki is our compliance administrator, handling new FCA applications and other compliance monitoring and oversight reporting. Instrumental in overseeing our network and providing intelligence to the management team, Becki has a strong background in sales and administration.

Joe Newton

Business Development Associate

Joe joined the team in October 2020 as a business development associate after graduating with a first-class marketing management degree from York St John. He primarily works to support the business development team with outbound communications, creation of marketing materials and managing partner enquiries.

Han Christie-Mileham

Branding & Communications

Han joined the company in 2017 and currently works in communications, assuring that our partners are supported from day one during their business set-up, to ongoing assistance and business enquiries. With a strong interest in web design and branding, Han also maintains our online presence and supports with social media.

Tom Howard

Administrator

Tom completed a Diploma in Business administration Level 2 and joined White Rose in 2020. He supports the relationship management team with lender applications and portal submissions as well as handling inbound communication.

Sophie Barber

Apprentice

Sophie joined us under the apprenticeship scheme as a financial administrator, in our busy accounts function. Helping to oversee commissions coming into the business and allocating accordingly, Sophie has been a great addition to the team.

Fred Giles

Administrator

Freddie has a background in sales and joined White Rose to help support the Business Development team. He has a focus on maintaining our internal commercial sourcing system as well as other office administration.