Meet the Team

The knowledge experience and pedigree of our people combined with the range of our professional contacts and network are key to providing our clients and investors with services of the highest quality


Richard Manley

Richard Manley is a founding Director of Seneca Partners. He was named Managing Partner in 2016. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 2003. He worked for KPMG for over 5 years, initially in their audit business and latterly in their corporate recovery division working on financial and operational restructurings and formal insolvencies. In 2007, Richard joined NM Rothschild’s leveraged finance team in Manchester before joining Cenkos Fund Managers in June 2008. During his time with Cenkos Fund Managers, manager of a £60m pre-IPO investment fund, Richard gained extensive experience of flotations, fundraisings, mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Richard holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham.


Michael Beverley

Michael spent the first 28 years of his business career with Arthur Andersen during which time he rose to UK regional and senior managing partner responsible for 3,500 people, 11 offices and a turnover in excess of £350m. In 2001 he founded a range of businesses focused on healthcare and property. Since 2009 Michael has been Chairman of One Medical, a developer of healthcare premises and One Medicare, a primary care service provider.


Steve Charnock

Steve qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 before joining Charterhouse Securities as a building and construction analyst, later becoming a managing director and head of research. In 2000 and 2001 he was voted ‘Number One Construction Analyst’ in the Reuters survey for UK smaller companies.  Steve set up his own consultancy business in early 2003, co-founded Seneca Partners and sits on a number of private company boards. Steve is a director of Seneca and responsible for property lending. When not watching sport, he enjoys playing tennis and golf as well as skiing and socialising.

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Ian Battersby

Ian was one of the founders of Seneca Partners in 2010. Using his extensive experience in corporate banking and wealth management, Ian’s role as Business Development Director involves product and strategy development and responsibility for Seneca’s relationships with banks, institutions and wealth managers.

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Gordon Lane

Gordon qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989 and has over 15 years’ experience in corporate finance lead advisory services. Gordon was a partner at RSM Robson Rhodes until 2002 when he joined BDO in Manchester. He successfully established BDO in the North West corporate finance market and was a key member of the National Corporate Finance Operating Board at BDO for more than five years. Gordon’s experience is principally in mid-market lead advisory deals in the £5 million to £50 million range across a broad range of sectors. Gordon is a FCA and gained a BA (Econ) Hons in accounting and Business Finance from the University of Manchester.

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Robert Holt

Robert is Chairman of Mears Group Plc in which he had a controlling interest in Mears at the time of the flotation in October 1996. He has a background in developing support service businesses, and has operated in the service sector since 1981, initially in a financial capacity before moving into general management


Tim Murphy

Tim commenced his finance career with Barclays in 1983 where he fulfilled various corporate and credit roles, before joining County Natwest in 1990 where he held a number of positions in structured and acquisition finance.

In 1993, Tim joined the Royal Bank of Scotland’s fledgling Acquisition Finance business, initially establishing the Leeds office. He was subsequently responsible for all UK regional teams before in 2002, founding RBS Corporate & Structured Finance. As Joint Managing Director, he had overall responsibility for the National Mid-Cap structured finance business, whilst also being a member of the Banks Corporate Credit Committee.

In 2005, Tim was hired by Deloitte (Manchester) as a corporate finance partner with the remit to establish the National Debt Advisory business, advising on capital raising and stressed debt refinancing.

After a successful spell, he joined HBOS as UK Managing Director Large Corporate in 2008.

Tim joined Seneca from NorthEdge Capital, where he was a founding partner of the business, established to focus on stressed corporate opportunities.

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Richard Matthewman

Richard joined Seneca as non-executive director in February 2014. He was previously Managing Director of Neales Waste Management until July 2012 when he completed a sale of the business. Having started the company with 6 employees and built it into a multi-site operation employing 150 people offering a complete range of series in waste and recycle management. In 1991, he became Director of Blackburn Rovers FC and later took up the role of Vice Chairman overseeing the strategies and operation of the club. Richard currently holds the position of Chairman of Northcote Leisure Group which consists of Northcote Hotel Limited and Ribble Valley Inn. Together with the board of directors they are in the process of expanding both sides of the business.


Ian Currie

Ian qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 with KPMG and has been involved in corporate finance with Peel Hunt & Co, Apax Partners & Co and Altium Capital. Ian sits on the Board of Hedley & Co Stockbrokers, is a founder and majority shareholder of Liberty SIPP who manage in excess of £1 billion of assets, is a partner of Palatine Private Equity LLP and is on the Board of Trustees for the Lowry Arts Centre in Salford, Manchester.


Norman Molyneux

Norman qualified as an Accountant in 1981. Since that time he has worked as a Management Consultant for Price Waterhouse and has held various board level positions in manufacturing companies. In 2005, he completed a Masters Degree in Finance and Accounting and he is an FCA Approved Person. Norman founded Acceleris in 2000 to raise finance for start-up and early stage companies. Norman has been advising and securing funding for high growth companies for the last 15 years and has developed an excellent track record of EIS (and latterly SEIS) investing. He has direct experience of the problems facing start-ups and early stage technology companies when raising capital, and continues to be involved in a non-executive or advisory role to several of the companies advised. Norman has built up a strong network of funding sources throughout the UK from high net worth individuals through to larger funding sources.

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Chris Williams

Chris’ previous roles include 2 years in debt recovery at the Department of Constitutional Affairs before he embarked on a corporate banking career, where he held a number or roles at a major bank for over 10 years in areas including Credit Risk, Credit Strategy, Relationship Management and Recovery and Restructure. He left a senior Credit role in a trade finance organisation to help setup Seneca Trade partners.

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Alan McNeill

Alan joined Seneca in April 2016. He has previously worked within Asset Finance for over 30 years, at Co-Operative Bank plc, System Leasing plc and more recently Lloyds Banking Group. Alan has covered all aspects of the Industry including Operations, Sales, Credit Control, Collections and Pre Litigation.

Alan is working with David Thomas and Peter Jamison in assisting with the running of and expanding the Block Discounting Facility within Seneca Capital. Alan has specific responsibility for ensuring that all legal notices/documentation is registered where applicable and adhered to by the customer. He also arranges and conducts audits, whilst acting as the first port of call for repeat business from existing customers.

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Paul Fitzsimmons

Paul joined Seneca in August 2016. He qualified as a town planner in 1999 before joining Network Rail, managing tenants and facilities at London Major Stations. He then moved to BAA where he spent 8 years at Edinburgh Airport. Senior roles at Manchester and Dublin Airports followed, before Paul moved into a commercial role in the alternative lending sector. Paul’s role with Seneca Bridging is to manage relationships with finance brokers in Scotland and the north of England. He is in the third year of his Executive MBA studies at the University of Strathclyde.

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Daniel Fallows

Dan is a Director of Seneca Banking Consultants – the specialist business within the Seneca group of companies which advises on mis-sold Hedge claims to corporates. Seneca Banking is now advising on debt facilities attached to hedging products with a quantum in excess of £1billion. Dan frequently comments in the press on mis-sold swap claims.

Dan qualified as a corporate lawyer with a leading corporate law firm where he worked on a range of deal activity including M&A’s, capital raisings and large scale restructurings. Dan has experience of complex banking transactions and corporate/financial litigation.

Dan obtained his law degree from the University of Manchester and completed the LPC at BPP Law School.

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Chris Divers

Chris’ background includes 11 years spent in the Factoring and Invoice Discounting marketplace, followed by a further 8 years in Asset Based Lending at Leumi ABL. Chris left a role as Head of Business Development at a trade finance business in order to setup Seneca Trade Partners.

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Andrew Walls

Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant in 2003 with an independent firm of accountants. He joined Begbies Traynor in 2003, where he developed both his insolvency and turnaround skills, followed by a secondment to RBS where he was involved in the management of the bank’s higher risk portfolio. He then moved to McInnes Corporate Finance, who were part of the Begbies Group providing lead advisory services in a wide range of M&A transactions.

In 2008, Andrew joined Monument Investments, a property investment and development company as Finance Director. In 2011 Andrew joined Ethos Corporate Finance and carried out a number of successful fundraising and refinancing projects.

Andrew joined Seneca in 2012 to provide corporate finance services together with identifying new investment opportunities and managing the existing portfolio of investments in the Yorkshire Market.


Peter Elston

Peter Elston began his career in 1988 as a graduate trainee with Mercury Asset Management in London. He spent eleven years with the firm as an equities fund manager, based in Tokyo, Hong Kong Singapore and London, moving up to the position of Assistant Director. Following a few years in entrepreneurship, during which time he became an investment columnist for Hong Kong’s number one newspaper, the South China Morning Post, he joined Aberdeen Asset Management in Singapore in 2008 as an investment strategist. He was with the firm for over six years, taking on the role of Head of Asia Pacific Strategy and Asset Allocation in 2012. This latter role involved management of Aberdeen’s multi-asset funds that were either invested in Asia or domiciled in Asia and invested globally. He was also a member of Aberdeen’s global investment strategy unit. Peter is well known to the TV and print media, and has had numerous articles published in the Financial Times and other respected journals. He obtained his MA at Trinity College, Cambridge in Mathematics and Oriental Studies.

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Peter Steele

Peter joined Seneca in 2015 to take up the role of Head of Sales Operations. For the previous 18 years, Peter has held a number of senior positions with both the largest IFA network and one of the largest IFA support service providers where his roles included operational, development and relationship management positions. Peter has experience of working in and with a variety of compliance functions. Along with Ian Battersby, Peter is responsible for Seneca’s relationships with wealth managers, intermediaries and investors.

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Aziz Shan

Aziz joined Seneca in December 2013 as part of the Banking Advisory team. In November 2015 Aziz joined the Bridging Finance team where he undertakes a mixture of business development, deal assessment, monitoring and recovery roles.

Aziz graduated from the University of Leeds with a First in Law (LL.B.) and went on to complete a Masters’ degree in International Business Law (LL.M.) at the University of Manchester. During the LL.M., Aziz focused his attention on EU competition law, shipping law and cross-border litigation. Following completion of the same, Aziz qualified as a Barrister (2010, Inner Temple).

Prior to joining Seneca, Aziz worked at a law firm specialising in commercial litigation, employment law and negligence work. Aziz is an experienced litigator in those areas.

Beyond having a strong interest in business, investment and finance, Aziz enjoys skiing, kickboxing and reading in his spare time.


Siobhan Pycroft

Siobhan completed undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Fine Arts, receiving a First in 2007 from the University of Southern California as a Presidential and Renaissance Scholar. Siobhan then served as a Congressional Intern in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis, working on economic policy pertaining to complex financial instruments, derivatives and matters relating to the House Appropriations Committee.

Between 2008 and 2009, Siobhan worked for two leading international law firms in Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance. In 2009, she received a Michael Sullivan Award to attend the University of Cambridge, Jesus College and completed an MPhil in Development Studies, researching corporate investment schemes in emerging markets. Siobhan then went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law in 2010 and the Legal Practice Course in 2012 at the College of Law.

Prior to joining Seneca’s Banking Advisory team in March 2013, Siobhan gained invaluable experience in business development for SMEs as an E-Commerce Manager for a prominent UK company.


Natasha Bolton

Natasha works for Seneca Banking Consultants and is based in our Bolton office where she is the Office Manager.


Mark Harrison

Mark’s commercial finance career began with Bank of Scotland where he ultimately managed the bank’s offering in the retail and leisure property sectors. He joined Merrill Lynch and spent 7 years in senior management roles before moving to GE Capital as the Sales Director for their Home Lending division. He led GE’s response to the 2008 financial crisis and successfully delivered a major change programme to reduce their exposure to the sub-prime residential market.

He left GE to establish his own consultancy, in which time his reputation and knowledge of the intermediary community grew to the point where he was eventually enticed back into employment.
Mark joined Seneca in September 2016 from Amicus where his ability to source, review and structure complex development finance proposals contributed to this lender firmly establishing themselves in the market. Mark’s role is to grow Seneca’s presence in the commercial intermediary sector, fine-tune our internal processes and provide leadership to the relationship management team in the bridging business.

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Chris Summerscales

Chris has over 14 years’ experience in providing research, analysis and deal origination supporting corporate finance and private equity. Whilst at Seneca Chris has advised on a range of successfully completed transactions including:

  • Advising management on the £16m MBO of Utiligroup funded by NorthEdge;
  • Advising on the sale of Mark Two to Ultra Finishing;
  • Fund raising for Vapour Media; and
  • Strategic advice for a nuclear engineering business.

Before joining Seneca in 2012, Chris was the Head of Research at BDO, working with the national corporate finance team across a wide range of sectors on projects such as strategic reviews, acquisitions, disposals and fundraisings.  Chris was also involved with the International M&A team at BDO advising global businesses looking to enter or develop UK presence through acquisition.  Notable transactions included:

  • £95m sale of Mediavest to Aegis Plc;
  • £20m sale of Hyspec to MD Holdings;
  • £12m sale of B2Net to Proact;
  • Sale of DPM to Global Navigation Solutions;
  • Sale of Christy Costumes to Amscan;
  • £12m MBO of KDC Contractors funded by Barclays Ventures;
  • £132m sale of Eddie Stobart to WPF;
  • £30m acquisition of AW Jenkinson by Stobart Group;
  • £60m acquisition of James Irlam by Stobart Group;
  • Strategic advice to UK businesses Bibby Line Group, Otter Controls, Westinghosue and Stobart Group; and
  • Strategic advice to international businesses Li & Fung (China), Assystem (France), TVS (India), Grontmij (Netherlands) and SGS (Switzerland)

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Andrew Stubbs

Andrew works in Seneca Partners Corporate Finance team. He has over 15 years’ experience in corporate finance, private equity and banking. Whilst at Seneca, Andrew has advised on a range of successfully completed transactions including:

• £16m MBO of Utiligroup backed by NorthEdge LLP;
• £42.5m Sale of Clarke & Clarke;
• Sale of Brickability Group (£70m T/O, £4.5m EBITDA);
• £5m growth capital fundraise for Rockar.
• Sale of Translec to Rubicon Partners;
• Sale of Precision Technologies International to an MBI team backed by Panoramic Growth Equity;
• Debt funded buy-out of;

Before joining Seneca in 2012, Andrew was an Associate Director in Grant Thornton’s Manchester Lead Advisory team advising SME clients across a wide range of sectors on projects such as strategic reviews, acquisitions, disposals and fundraisings. Notable transactions included:

• MBO of Moneyplus Group backed by Palatine Private Equity;
• Sale of Solfex Ltd to Travis Perkins plc;
• Advising Pochin PLC (property and construction business) on the successful disposal of a loss making subsidiary;
• £17m Debt fundraising for Avondale Environmental to develop a materials recycling facility.

Prior to this Andrew spent 3 years as an Investment Director at RBS Private Equity in London where he was responsible for investment and management of the £1.1bn RBS Special Opportunities Fund on behalf of a small group of international pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. Andrew was also involved in some notable transactions outside of the portfolio such as the complex public sale processes for RBS non-core assets, Angel Trains and Sempra Commodities. In addition Andrew took part in the fundraising exercise for a second fund, presenting to over 50 institutional investors across Europe.

Andrew’s career began with 10 years in structured and project finance at BZW (Barclays) and subsequently RBS Global Banking and Markets. Andrew gained a BEng Honours Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Bristol University and attended the Grange School in Hartford, Cheshire.

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Melanie Hird

Melanie was a founding member of the Seneca team and is responsible for the origination and execution of deals in the Yorkshire market. She also manages an investment portfolio as well as managing investor relations.

Melanie has operated in the restructuring and turnaround markets for her entire career. Melanie’s career began with Ernst & Young in 1998 where she fulfilled various roles having advised a wide range of stakeholders to stressed corporates across many varying sectors. In 2004, she joined Kroll to focus on corporate assignments within the National and International markets where she also gained her Insolvency License.

Frustrated with the lack of SME funding, in order to assist stressed businesses with a turnaround strategy, together with strategic direction, Melanie co-founded Frontline in 2008 and subsequently Seneca Investments Limited in 2011 to provide just that.

Through Frontline and Seneca, Melanie has an enviable track record of investing in businesses with an ability to deliver high returns on investment via creative restructuring methods.

Melanie currently holds a number of non-exec roles in a diverse portfolio of businesses.

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Chris Bullough

Chris joined Seneca Partners in January 2016, having spent the previous 2 years at Henley Investments, a real estate focused private equity firm. At Henley, Chris managed the Deals Team and transacted on deals worth several hundred million pounds across multiple sectors and territories, during which time Henley’s AUM tripled to over £800m.

Chris spent the first 6 years of his career at PwC, where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 2010. At PwC Chris worked in the Deals team on a range of buyside, sellside and refinancing engagements, in both the Leeds and London offices. Chris holds a BA Hons degree in European Politics and Law from the University of Leeds and is a keen rugby player.

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Peter Jamison

Peter’s career in finance began when he joined the leasing and asset finance arm of Lloyds Bank in 1973. Having worked his way through the ranks there he joined US Lessor, Control Data, in 1978 and later held a number of senior management positions within various UK and international banks.

Having always been involved in the banking and asset finance sector as a lender, Peter made the transition to becoming an intermediary in 1995 and was appointed Operations Director of an established Manchester based brokerage System Leasing and Rentals plc. He later took on a similar role in Bluestone Leasing Limited, Wakefield and in both positions was responsible for establishing and developing new in-house lending businesses.

With considerable experience in building and financing leasing and asset finance portfolios Peter identified an opportunity to develop a new wholesale funding business providing support to the growing independent asset finance sector and joined Seneca in 2016 as part of Seneca Capital Limited, our Block Discounting business.


Natalie Smethurst

Natalie joined Seneca Partners in August 2014 as part of the Bridging Loan Team. She graduated in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in Business Management and has since worked within the Financial Services Industry. She worked for a high street bank and a building society where she worked in mortgage underwriting, marketing and customer service departments.

Natalie is a member of the Institute of Financial Services (IFS) where she has gained various industry related qualifications, including the Advanced Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (Adv CeMAP).


Sophie Burke

Sophie works in the private client team in our Haydock office. She provides fund administration services to our clients and assists with the reporting and monitoring of client portfolios. She heads up our client communication operations and ensures that investors are regularly kept up to speed on the status of their investments.

Sophie graduated with a 1st class degree in Management & Leisure from The University of Manchester in 2012. Since graduating Sophie has worked in the pension industry for Bury-based Liberty SIPP where she became a member of the Chartered Institute of Insurance and began working towards a Certificate in Life and Pensions before joining Seneca Partners in September 2014.


Mark Rushton

Mark joined Seneca in April 2014. He has over 25 years’ experience in Management Accounting and Financial Controller roles, formerly gained within both small and large company environments in the financial services sector. More recently Mark has been involved with a number of AIM quoted and small private companies across a wide range of sectors. He provides invaluable accounting support to the Secured Lending and Corporate BPR areas of the business.


Connor Grimes

Connor joined Seneca Partners in September 2014. He actively monitors our existing portfolio, conducts due diligence on potential investee companies and is part of the deal execution team on new investments. He also heads up our internal reporting and monitoring function which forms the basis of all investor portfolio communications.

Previously he gained experience at Kleinwort Benson in London working with their Finance and Principal Investment & Advisory teams. Connor is a graduate of the Rotterdam School of Management where he earned an MSc in Finance & Investments.

Alongside his academic and professional backgrounds, he has competed at the highest level in field hockey in the Netherlands and represented Canada at the Beijing Olympic Games.

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David Thomas

David began his financial career in banking with NatWest. Later joining the asset finance group Lloyds and Scottish he moved into their Asset Based Lending subsidiary International Factors in 1982. Business success culminated in 1997 in his leading the sales team of 50 , based in 11 offices throughout the UK, producing over £1billion of new business per annum. The business became a wholly owned subsidiary of Lloyds Bank and market leader, with a first class reputation for service .

In 1998 David co- founded City Invoice Finance Ltd as Managing Director. £5m initial capital was raised by Apax and Partners and Debt lines of £20m provided by a syndicate of banks lead by Bank of Scotland. The business prospered, providing working capital in excess of £30m to more than 200+SME clients . In 2006 the business was sold to ABN Amro
Prior to Seneca , David joined Skipton Business Finance as Managing Director, the invoice finance arm of Skipton Building Society . The sales team was rebuilt, risk systems strengthened and profits restored to pre- recession levels.


John Davies

John joined Seneca Partners in June 2015 as Investment Director, assisting in the deal execution of new EIS investments and managing the EIS investment portfolio.

John qualified as a chartered accountant in 2006 having worked for PwC and RSM Robson Rhodes for a combined 4 years, initially in their Audit businesses and latterly in Robson Rhodes’ Transaction Services team. In 2007, John joined BDO, where he predominantly worked in the Transaction Services team but also gained invaluable experience during an 18 month secondment in the Business Recovery side of the business. In 2012, John joined Clearwater Corporate Finance where he completed a number of high profile deals across a broad spectrum of sectors, working alongside a range of clients including private equity, owner managers, management teams and debt funders. During his career to date John has gained extensive experience through the provision of both buy-side and sell-side support in relation to fundraisings, mergers, acquisitions, refinancing and restructurings. John holds a BSc (Hons) in Business and Financial Management from the University of Salford.


Adele Bowling

Adele has over fifteen years’ experience within the financial services industry. Having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000 with a B.A. (Hons) in Business and Applied Social Studies, Adele joined Friends Provident where she worked for six years. During this time she gained extensive experience of the life and pensions industry and in 2005 completed the Chartered Insurance Institute Certificate in Financial Planning.

Adele moved into the HNW sector in 2006 after being appointed Manager of the administration team at an independent wealth management company, where she was responsible for the implementation of customer service standards and continuous monitoring of the Financial Services Authority initiative, ‘Treating Customers Fairly’.

On joining Seneca Adele has filled many roles and now splits time between Compliance and Company Secretariat.


Simon Thorn

Simon has been with Acceleris since December 2004 having graduated from university with a BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting & Finance. He has since completed the certificate in Corporate Finance and is an FCA Approved Person. Simon has advised on over 50 transactions for private and listed SME’s and has led EIS fundraisings with both VC involvement and high net worth individuals. His transactional experience includes fundraisings, restructurings, rights issues, spin-outs and disposals. He is responsible for investment monitoring and communication for several client companies of Acceleris and also provides outsourced company secretarial and accountancy services.


David Youngman

David has spent most of his working life in stockbroking. From May 1995 to 2009, he was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance at WH Ireland. During that period, WH Ireland grew from one office with a turnover of less than £1 million to 12 UK offices and an Australian subsidiary with turnover in excess of £30 million. David has almost 35 years’ experience in stockbroking and corporate finance and, in over the course of the last nine years of his stockbroking career, was responsible for a portfolio of over 60 companies admitted to AIM.


Chris Collins

Chris joined Acceleris in October 2012 having graduated from The University of Liverpool with a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Economics. He has, since, completed his certificate in Corporate Finance and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Chris is also one of the first candidates to receive The EIS Diploma. Chris assists in the preparation of investment documentation for fundraising engagements and also provides accountancy services and support to some of Acceleris’s investee companies.




Patrick Molyneux

Patrick joined Acceleris Capital in February 2014 having graduated from Lancaster University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Economics and Politics. Patrick is responsible for researching new opportunities, DD and administration. Patrick also works on Acceleris’s PR, marketing and website, including both external publications and internal documentation and social media activities.


Mark Hopton

Mark qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG 1991. Mark gained extensive experience of corporate finance, restructurings and an AIM flotation in his roles as head of finance at Raytheon Corporate Jets and as finance director of FADS Group. Mark joined Cenkos Fund Managers in 2009 as investment manager and further enhanced his experience of fundraisings, mergers, acquisitions and restructurings during his three years with the company.

Mark joined Seneca in 2011 to assist in the management of our investee companies. He provides invaluable financial management, analysis and reporting both internally and as an outsourced client service.


Andrew Currie

Andrew joined Seneca in 2011 from Cenkos Fund Managers. He worked at Cenkos from August 2007 where he helped manage the £60m pre-IPO investment fund RRF Ltd. In his role as Investment Manager he worked on a number of corporate finance transactions including rights issues, refinancings, restructurings and equity fundraisings. At Cenkos, Andrew was also responsible for the management of a number of investee companies with a focus on retail and leisure businesses.

In his role with Seneca, Andrew supports the Directors in his role as secretary to the board. He also heads up the marketing, PR, social media and event management functions for Seneca Partners.

Andrew graduated from The University of Manchester in 2007 with a B.A. (Hons) in Management and Leisure and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

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Simon Moore

Simon started his career in finance at a couple of small consultancy firms in the City before joining Baring Securities (later to become ING Barings) in 1991. For most of his time there he ran a global derivatives quants team, based in London and then in New York. He moved to the New York office of Commerzbank AG in 2001, initially as head of the Americas derivatives quants team and subsequently running the Americas structuring desk.

In 2005 Simon returned to the North West of England and since then has worked as a freelance derivatives and structuring expert. He has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Bath, is an Honoury Fellow at the University of Manchester, and assists with lecturing and student supervision on the University of Manchester’s Business School’s Quantitative Finance and Financial Engineering Masters programme.


Graham Camm

Graham commenced his career in finance with Yorkshire Bank in 1979, working for them for the next 19 years mainly in Business Development, Relationship Management and Credit. In 1998 he moved into the Asset Based Lending sector with Bank of New York and then NMB Heller, sourcing and structuring deals in the North of England. Graham was promoted to Regional Director North East for NMB Heller in 2002.

Graham left NMB Heller upon its acquisition by GE and joined Sterling Corporate Finance in Leeds. Here he established a new division providing lead advisory services to purchasers of distressed businesses. In the next 6 years Graham completed over 50 transactions in this market as well as a number of mainstream Corporate Finance transactions.

Following a downturn in Corporate Finance activity in 2012, Graham left Sterling to join HSBC’s Corporate Division in Leeds. This role focused on the development of new Invoice Finance and ABL deals for prospects with £30m turnover and above, in the North of England. In an 18 month period Graham wrote over £100m of new business.


David Thomas

David joined the board of Seneca Investment Managers as Chief Executive Officer in April 2015.

He has held a range of senior management roles in the investment industry, including Head of UK Retail at Momentum Global Investment Management, Chief Executive at Alexander Investment (Holdings) Limited, Business Development Director at Midas Capital Partners Limited and Head of Research at Rensburg. Prior to this, David was an investment analyst at Cazenove and Flemings.

David graduated in Modern History from Wadham College, Oxford in 1986. He is a member of the Liverpool University Pension Fund Advisory Committee, and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.


Paul Leyland

Paul has over 10 years’ experience of providing business advisory services to the UK SME market. Since joining Seneca in June 2014 he has assisted the team on a number of exercises including company disposals, fundraising and MBO’s.

Prior to joining Seneca, Paul was the Assistant Manager of a Top 40 Accountancy practice and was tasked with developing their Manchester and Leeds offices. During his time with the business he was instrumental in growing revenues by over 7x.

He began his career working within the Audit and Accounts department of UHY Hacker Young’s Manchester office. Here he gained exposure across a breadth of sectors however spent the latter part of his time working with clients in the property industry, helping raise funds for both development and investment portfolios.

Paul achieved the AAT qualification in 2007 and has since completed his ACCA examinations. He has recently began to study for the Corporate Finance qualification.

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Anthony Lappin

Anthony has over fifteen years’ compliance experience in financial services. He joined W H Ireland Ltd, the stockbroker in 1999 and rose to become manager, running the compliance department and fulfilling the role of MLRO. In 2009 he joined the Zeus Group becoming Compliance Officer and the MLRO for both Hedley & Company Stockbrokers and Zeus Capital Corporate Finance. In 2010 he joined XCAP Securities plc as Head of Compliance before joining Seneca in 2014.


David Warnock

David Warnock has over 30 years’ investment experience in both public and private companies, in both the UK and USA. He co-founded the investment firm, Aberforth Partners and retired from there in 2008 after 19 years, having led much of the strategic development and management of the firm. Prior to that he worked with Ivory & Sime plc for four years and before that with 3i Group plc for seven years, the last four of which were in Boston, USA. He is currently Chairman of Troy Income & Growth Trust plc and a non-executive director of British Polythene Industries plc and Standard Life European Private Equity Trust plc, as well as being an active investor in a number of private companies. He has previously served as a non-executive director of Phoenix IT Group plc and Scottish Development Finance Ltd, and was an adviser to the Centre for Financial Markets Research at Edinburgh University. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University, 1979 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), which included a year at Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, USA, and gained a Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance in 1980.


Steve Hunter

Steve joined Seneca IM in October 2016, having held a number of senior management and business development roles within the insurance industry. Steve is a Chartered member of the Insurance Institute, with more than 25 years’ experience working in the insurance and investment markets primarily with intermediaries.


Ian Borrows

Ian has been with Seneca Investment Managers Limited since 2005, after graduating from The University of Liverpool with a B.A Degree in Geography. Ian is responsible for fund operations and assists with compliance monitoring for the company.


Martin Taylor

Martin was one of the founding members of Seneca Investment Managers Limited (originally Midas Capital Partners Limited) in 2002. Prior to this Martin worked alongside the investment team at Merseyside Pension Fund (MPF) for 11 years, working on document management and imaging systems.

Martin continues to develop a number of key in-house computer programmes used by the Investment team.


Alan Borrows

Alan began his investment career as an Investment Assistant at Merseyside County Council in 1980, rising to the position of Senior Investment Manager in 1987. In addition to managing traditional assets, Alan led the introduction of a wide range of alternative asset classes into The Merseyside Pension Fund. He was responsible for the Team’s first hedge fund investments in the early 1990s and for the introduction of other innovate investments. Alan was also involved in the development of the private equity programme at Merseyside Pension Fund. Alan jointly founded Seneca Investment Managers Limited (originally Midas Capital Partners Limited) in 2002.

Alan has been Lead Fund Manager on the CF Seneca Diversified Income Fund since launch in 2002. Alan is also the Lead Fund Manager of the Seneca Global Income & Growth Trust plc (formerly known as Midas Income & Growth Trust plc).


Richard Parfect

Richard commenced his investment career with Rathbone Neilson Cobbold in 1996 in the UK equity research department. On attaining his Securities Institute Diploma, he moved into institutional fund management with the Merseyside Pension Fund (MPF), focussing primarily on equities. In 2002 Richard was one of the founding members of Seneca Investment Managers Limited (originally Midas Capital Partners Limited). On 1 July 2010 he was appointed Co-Fund Manager of the CF Seneca Diversified Income Fund. Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments.


Mark Wright

Mark uses his in-depth knowledge across all asset classes along with his sharp focus on risk management to assist Simon in individual stock/fund selection and major asset allocation decisions.

Mark began his investment career at Seneca Investment Managers Limited as an Assistant Investment Manager in 2006 after graduating from the University of York with a BSc degree in Economics. He has since completed his IMC and is now a CFA Level 3 candidate. Mark was made Co-Fund Manager on the CF Seneca Diversified Growth Fund on 12 July 2011, having previously been promoted to Investment Manager in January 2010.


Elaine Smith

Elaine was appointed to the Board of Seneca IM in September 2014 as Operations Director and Company Secretary. Elaine has been the Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting Officer for Seneca Investment Managers Limited since 2007. She started her career in personal tax and trust accounting with three of the main accountancy practices in Liverpool before moving to Rathbones to manage the Capital Gains Tax Department until 1998. Following a period as a management accountant with Unilever, where she qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant, she returned to Liverpool and the investment management industry with Tilney Investment management. Here she progressed through two successive business reorganisations and changes in ownership which concluded in 2004 with her appointment as Vice President for Investment Services at Pershing Securities with responsibility for providing outsourced PEP and ISA administration, Capital Gains Tax and Client Valuation reporting for 30 retail brokers.


Tom Delic

Tom has worked in the investment industry for 5 years after graduating from the University of Liverpool with a first class degree in Mathematics with Finance. After beginning his career working as an investment analyst for Royal Liver Asset Managers Tom later joined Seneca Investment Managers Limited in October 2011. Tom assists in the Fund Management team’s focussed research across the multi-asset portfolios

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