Leadership 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.

Directors of Seneca Partners

Strategic advisory committee

Client relationships

Head of Client Relations

Client Relations Manager

Client Relations Associate

Tax advantaged investments

Investment Director

Investment Executive

Investment Manager

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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.

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.

Ian Currie

Ian is a founding Director of Seneca Partners. 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 partner of Palatine Private Equity LLP and is on the Board of Trustees for the Lowry Arts Centre in Salford, Manchester.

Mark Hopton

Mark qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1992 and has gained post qualification experience in retail, manufacturing and financial services. Financial services experience gained, over the last ten years, includes both finance and compliance support covering pension services, stockbroking and fund management. Mark is part of the team which founded Seneca and his role consolidates the finance and compliance functions.

Michael Beverley

Committee Chairman

Michael is an experienced businessman with extensive business and charitable interests. He is currently the majority shareholder and Vice Chairman of One Medical Group, an award-winning solutions and healthcare provider to the NHS. Michael is the Chairman of Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras and also Indepen Limited.

Michael spent the first 28 years of his business career with Arthur Andersen, ultimately becoming UK regional and senior managing partner where he was responsible for 3,500 people, 11 offices and a turnover of £350 million.

Upon retiring in 2001, Michael developed a number of businesses centred around healthcare and property, before in 2009 making the decision to reorganise his business interests to focus exclusively on One Medical Group.

Michael has been a member for 6 years of the then Department of Trade & Industry’s Industrial Development Board, a member of Court of the University of Leeds; a member of its Commercialisation Advisory Board and its Campaign Board which is in the process of raising £100 million. Michael was also previously a member of the University of Leeds Business School’s Advisory Board.

Further, Michael was Chairman of Opera North for 12 years and a Governor of Leeds Metropolitan University for 6 years.

Robert Holt OBE

Strategic Advisory Committee

Robert (Bob) is best known for his previous role as 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.

Richard Matthewman

Strategic advisory committee

Richard 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 previously held the position of Chairman of Northcote Leisure Group which at the time consisted of Northcote Hotel Limited and Ribble Valley Inn.

Chris Hood

Chris began his career in Financial Services in 1986 with Norwich Union where he worked for ten years as a Business Development Manager in various parts of the North West of England. After two years of working as an Independent Financial Adviser he embarked on an eighteen-year career with Clerical Medical/ Scottish Widows where he led many successful teams in his role as Regional Sales Manager.

In 2012 he joined London & Capital as a Business Development Manager where he represented the Discretionary Fund Manager in the North West. He joins us from LV= where he led their North Regional Sales Team for the last five years. Chris holds the Regulated Diploma in Financial Planning from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

John Sherwood

John joined Seneca Partners as Business Development Manager in December ’21.  His role includes holding face to face meetings to provide market updates and support with client cases. He creates structured CPD sessions and enjoys presenting at company and industry events.

Before joining Seneca, John worked for companies including AXA, Aviva, Downing and Scottish Widows. He has extensive knowledge in the industry with over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services, 8 of which being in the tax efficient space. 

John has developed strong relationships with advisers in the Greater London area in particular, and is keen to help advisers add value to their clients and professional connections.

Chris Hare

Chris started working in finance in 2007 when he qualified as a financial adviser and stockbroker, for a firm in Canary Wharf. He advised clients on corporate bonds, equities and funds balancing their portfolio based on risk.

Chris moved to the Midlands in 2010 and became a self employed independent financial adviser, where he became a pension specialist. He advised around the country giving specialist advice on final salary transfers and buying commercial property in SIPP’s and SSAS’s.

Chris holds the Regulated Diploma in Financial Planning and a Certificate in Securities Advice and Dealing.

Peter Steele

Head of Client Relations

Peter heads the Client Relationship Team and is responsible for our relationship with investors. In addition, Peter provides technical guidance and support to advisers, intermediaries and reviewers regarding our product range.

Tina Fitzgerald

Client Relations Manager

Tina manages our Client Relationship Team and is the primary administrator of our Online Portal. Tina is an experienced customer service manager, available to help advisers and investor with any queries they may have.

Tagan Anderson

Client Relations Associate

Tagan is responsible for the processing and administration of new and existing investments, as well as helping advisers and investor with any queries they may have.

Matt Currie

Matt joined Seneca from the RBS Structured Finance team in January 2017 where he completed 15 Leverage Finance transactions, being primarily mid-market private equity deals. Working alongside the top private equity institutions in the region, Matt led deals across the Leisure/Consumer, TMT, Professional Services, Manufacturing and Infrastructure sectors. Prior to that Matt spent four years with Deloitte, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and working on both audit and advisory engagements throughout the North West. Matt graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010 with a degree in Management with Accounting & Finance.

Siobhan Pycroft

Siobhan joined Seneca in 2013, as an original member of our debt advisory business before joining the Growth Capital Team in October 2019 as Investment Executive. Whilst working in our advisory business, Siobhan managed a team that advised over 1,000 SMEs relating to finance and an overall debt quantum in excess of £1 billion. Siobhan has a strong network of advisers and SMEs throughout the North West which puts her in a great position to assist SMEs with the funding requirements.

Siobhan is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has a law degree with an emphasis on public companies, equity finance and acquisitions. She started her career in Washington D.C. working on U.S. government and economic policy pertaining to complex financial instruments and derivatives. Siobhan then joined a U.S. ranked Tier 1 global patent, intellectual property and commercial litigation firm based in Silicon Valley in Risk Management, boasting a Fortune 100 client base with offices and technology specialists across the U.S. and Europe.

Victoria Edwards

Prior to joining Seneca in 2021, Victoria worked in a Corporate Finance (M&A) advisory capacity. During ten years spent working at award-winning North West-based Corporate Finance boutiques she was involved with mid-market transactions ranging broadly from £5m to £100m covering trade disposals, debt refinancing and PE backed deals in a variety of sectors encompassing chemical distribution, insurance broking and consumer products among others. She was involved in the private equity and tech angel fund investment activities also offered by these advisory outfits.

Before graduating from The University of York with a BSc in Economics Victoria spent some time as an observer at The European Court of Human Rights and The Council of Europe in Strasbourg. She is ACA qualified and also spent time in Australia working for a specialist division of Deloitte.