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Team

We are responsible for ensuring every client has a great experience through BondMason and enable our clients to achieve a gross return of 8.0%+ p.a.. The team has a strong combination of investment and technology experience. Please contact us with any questions: invest@bondmason.com

BondMason Team Members

Jon Atxa
Senior Developer

Jon Atxa

Senior Developer

Jon is a senior developer at BondMason, responsible for maintaining and developing the back-end infrastructure, and coding processes.

Jon is a senior web developer with more than 10 years of experience in web technologies. He has lead or been involved in dozens of enterprise level web projects for high profile clients, including FTSE 100 listed companies. He has previously worked as a consultant for UK leading agencies or directly with clients requiring application development solutions.

Jon is married and has a little girl.

Yvette Barber
Operations Executive

Yvette Barber

Operations Executive

Yvette is an Operations Executive at BondMason, assisting with managing the investment reconciliations and ensuring clients funds are always fully accounted for through the third party platforms and bank accounts.

Yvette is a qualified chartered accountant and worked in the banking sector for 13 years in various finance roles. Yvette completed her degree at the University of Sussex. She has worked for Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and KPMG.

Yvette now lives in Hertfordshire with her family.

Lara Bayley
Marketing Adviser

Lara Bayley

Marketing Adviser

Lara is our Marketing Adviser, she assists BondMason with forming and executing its marketing strategy.

Lara is a marketing adviser specialising in the technology and finance sectors. Formerly head of marketing at Skyscanner, she was instrumental in building a global brand from scratch. Lara joined the company from leading UK technology investment house Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), which funded Skyscanner, where she was head of marketing.

Lara divides her time between London and Scotland.

Sarah Chapple
Head of Client Engagement

Sarah Chapple

Head of Client Engagement

Sarah is Head of Client Engagement at BondMason, ensuring new and prospective clients are familiar with the BondMason service.

Sarah has over 20 years marketing experience with a background in professional services, blue-chip publishing and small business ecommerce. Prior to BondMason Sarah spent over 9 years at EMAP. She has a BSc (Hons) from Leicester University and post-graduate marketing qualifications from The Chartered Institute of Marketing, where she is an Affiliate (Professional) member.

Sarah lives in Hertfordshire and is married with three boys. In her spare time she is actively involved with her local community through The Scout Association.

Karen De Silva
Head of Brand Marketing

Karen De Silva

Head of Brand Marketing

Karen is Head of Brand Marketing at BondMason, managing brand messaging and communications including PR, Digital and Affiliate campaigns.

Karen has run her own Marketing Consultancy for the last 4 years, enabling clients to meet their business growth targets through effective marketing campaigns. Prior to that, Karen worked on the Brand Teams for Convio, France Telecom (Orange), Challs and Whitbread. Karen has a BSc (Hons) from The University of Birmingham and is a member of CIMA (The Chartered Institute of Marketing).

Karen lives in Hertfordshire with her two children and is actively involved with fundraising for Cancer Research and several local hospices including Rennie Grove Hospice Care and The Hospice of St Francis.

Stephen Findlay
CEO

Stephen Findlay

CEO

Stephen Findlay is the CEO of BondMason, overseeing all of its activities with a focus on Client Services, Investor Relations, Investing and Compliance.

Stephen is an experienced investor and qualified chartered accountant. He worked previously in VC and Private Equity and led or managed investments totalling £250M. Prior to joining BondMason, he worked at Fidelity, Andersen, Deloitte and two mid-market LBO funds. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Stephen is married with two daughters, and lives in Hertfordshire, UK.

Scott Gardner
Senior Developer

Scott Gardner

Senior Developer

Scott is a senior developer at BondMason. Scott's main responsibilities are building new functionality for the platform and the day to day maintenance of the BondMason site.

Scott has over 10 years experience of programming and technology and has worked with financial technology services for over 7 years, including working at Apple.

Outside of work Scott enjoys a wide variety of activities including mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor pursuits.

Lado Gurgenidze
Special Adviser

Lado Gurgenidze

Special Adviser

Lado is a Special Adviser to BondMason, providing strategic, operational and financial insights.

Lado is a career banker, and most notably he stepped into the Executive Chairman and CEO roles to successfully turn around and modernise the Bank of Georgia in 2004, and then again Bank of Kigali and Liberty Bank in 2009. Prior to running Bank of Georgia, Lado held a number of roles including at ABN Amro and Putnam Lovell (now part of Jeffries & Co, Inc). He is a very successful technology and angel investor, having invested in Coinbase, TransferWise and Raisin (formerly Saving Global) and about a dozen other (mostly) fintech startups. As Prime Minister of Georgia he led the Georgian economy through the final stages of free-market reforms in 2007-08, culminating in the country's first-ever international capital market issues by the Georgian government. He has been awarded Georgia's two highest civilian accolades - George's Victory Order and Presidential Order of Excellence; and is a frequent speaker on free-market reforms.

Lado is a British and Georgian citizen, and is married with four sons and a daughter.

Marcus Henderson
Director

Marcus Henderson

Director

Marcus is a board director of BondMason, providing strategic and operational insight, and providing governance on behalf of BondMason’s shareholders.

Marcus is a Chartered Accountant with a broad range of experience in investment, corporate finance, consulting and auditing. He currently works as an Investment Manager for Par Equity leading Venture Capital and Real Estate investments throughout the UK. Prior to joining Par Equity, Marcus worked at Deloitte and delivered a wide range of projects across Europe, North America and Africa. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and an FCA approved person.

Marcus grew up in the wide open spaces of New Zealand and enjoys outdoor pursuits and travelling during time away from the office. He is married and currently lives in Edinburgh.

Tracey Hunter
Executive Assistant
Simone Maher
Marketing Executive

Simone Maher

Marketing Executive

Simone is a Marketing Executive at BondMason, including market research, positioning and outbound marketing activities including social media.

Simone completed her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Bournemouth University before joining BondMason. Prior to that Simone had run a small business whilst also undertaking various marketing consultancy roles ranging from recruitment and property development to cheerleading! She is a also member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Simone is married with two children and lives in Bournemouth.

Graham Martin
Chief Investment Officer

Graham Martin

Chief Investment Officer

Graham is an experienced lending professional who has held credit-focused positions at leading banks, including HSBC, and alternative asset managers, including The Blackstone Group. Graham's buy-side experience ranges from assessing SMEs to analysing listed global companies, and covers private and public loans, bonds, and derivatives. More recently, Graham specialised in investing and trading leveraged loans and high-yield bonds across a number of sectors. Graham holds a first-class degree in Financial Services from the University of Manchester.

Graham lives in Hertfordshire and is married with three young children.

Robert Mason
Director

Robert Mason

Director

Robert is a non-executive director of BondMason and Chairman of the Board.

Robert has 30 years of experience in Private Equity, as a banker to buyout transactions at JPMorgan, where he founded and ran the European Leveraged Transaction Group; the founder of a General Partner investing in European small businesses; and advising clients of Sandaire on investments in all types of Private Equity. He started his career in the Army where, among other appointments, Equerry to the Prince of Wales and Adjutant of the Welsh Guards in the Falklands conflict.

Robert is a graduate of Oxford University, where he rowed in three Boat Races against Cambridge. He currently sits on a number of fund Advisory Boards and the Boards of several small businesses.

Nigel Richards
Director

Nigel Richards

Director

Nigel's early career was in service industries with major companies like De La Rue, Mars and Manpower, all noted for their management training programmes. He then started his first enterprise in 1977, and now has nearly forty years’ experience as an entrepreneur, successfully exiting his main business in the mid-90s.

He is a keen investor, including a shareholder in BondMason Group Limited, and now manages his own investment portfolio. He is a board director of BondMason providing strategic, operational and practical advice. He holds an MA in Musicology from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from the University of Exeter.

Nigel lives in Devon with his wife, and his two sons have long since "flown the nest".

Joanne Rowley
Executive Assistant

Joanne Rowley

Executive Assistant

Joanne is one of our Executive Assistants, providing support to the whole team, responsible for keeping everyone co-ordinated and organised.

Joanne graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) following a considerable period in the hospitality sector. Since graduating she has worked in both the public and private sectors as an executive PA. She is a member of the Institute of Hospitality (IH) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Joanne has been working “virtually” since 2009, using the latest technology which allows her to communicate seamlessly (and securely) whether she is based at her home in North Wales or on her travels.

Joanne enjoys spending time with her family in North Wales, sight-seeing or watching a crime drama.

James Russell
CTO

James Russell

CTO

James is BondMason’s Chief Technology Officer. James is the main architect of the technology and operations platform that underpins BondMason’s ability to deliver an attractive return to its clients from a diversified set of loan investments.

James has over 15 years experience of programming and technology and has specialised in financial technology for the last 4 years.

Outside of work James enjoys a wide variety of activities, ranging from endurance events to theatre and and the arts.

Andrew Simpson
Advisory Board Member

Andrew Simpson

Advisory Board Member

Andrew is a member of our Advisory Council, providing market intelligence and investment insight to the investment team, with a focus on residential and commercial property.

Andrew has over 30 years experience in the property industry, as an adviser to property investors, developers and acting as an agent. Andrew is a group director of Jackson Stops & Staff, a multi-disciplinary property advisory company based in the South-East of the UK with offices in Mayfair and Weybridge. Andrew specialises in consulting on all aspects of development from land transactions and new builds, through to redevelopment, marketing and sales.

Andrew is married and has twin step daughters and lives in Dormansland on the Surrey/West Sussex borders. He enjoys Cycling, Skiing and anything with an engine. A supporter of animal welfare charities Andrew has several rescue animals

Sam Verdier
Operations Manager

Sam Verdier

Operations Manager

Sam is the Operations Manager at BondMason, responsible for managing the investment reconciliations and ensuring clients funds are always fully accounted for through the third party platforms and bank accounts.

Sam is a qualified chartered Management accountant, with 20 years financial and operational experience in banking, IT, retail and service sectors. Sam completed her degree at Liverpool John Moores University and passed her accounting qualification whilst working for John Frieda in London. She has also worked for Bank of Scotland & Logica CMG.

Sam relocated from the North of England to London in 2000. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two sons.

James Wallis
Investment SVP
Tracey Whitmore
Investment Executive

Tracey Whitmore

Investment Executive

Tracey is an Investment Executive at BondMason responsible for assessing loan opportunities and building relationships with new lending partners.

She has a strong background in financial services having led the retail credit function at a branch of ABSA bank in South Africa. In 1998, she moved to the UK and worked in credit teams at Coutts & Co, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. She has also run her own online retail business and is a published author. Tracey holds a B.Comm degree with a major in Finance from the University of South Africa.

Tracey lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and two children.

The next member of the team

We are always looking to expand the team with talented and engaging individuals. We currently have the following open positions:

  • Investment Executive
  • Senior Developer

Please contact us if you'd like further information or to discuss joining the team: invest@bondmason.com.

 

Service Providers

We partner with leading advisers and service providers to ensure our service is robust and client capital is well protected:

  • Accountants and Bookkeepers: Deloitte
  • Regulatory and Tax lawyers: Keystone Law
  • Corporate Lawyers: Mischon de Reya
  • Bank for segregated client accounts: Barclays
  • PR: Yellow Jersey

 

BondMason 6-point Code of Ethics

We understand the importance of acting as a careful custodian of our clients' money - your money. We operate with a strict Code of Ethics when conducting our business activities, to ensure our clients best interests are met:

 

We put our clients interests first

In the event of a potential conflict of interests, our clients interests will take priority over our own.

 

We don't invest in inappropriate or usurious loans or investments

We don't invest in loans with an APR above 20% p.a. All our loans are hand picked and approved by a member of the BondMason team.

 

We adopt best practices with regard to legal and regulatory operating framework.

Our legal framework has been drafted by a veteran of the P2P industry and member of the P2PFA (peer-to-peer finance association). In addition, we are in regular dialogue with the FCA, starting in March 2015, about our operating framework, as well as to encourage appropriate regulation and operating practices across the peer-to-peer industry. In April 2015 we were one of the first companies accepted onto the FCA's Innovation Hub programme.

 

We have an open door policy for clients

Please feel free to contact us by email (invest@bondmason) and phone (01582 802 000) at any time; we aim to respond within 24-48 hours to any request.

 

We aim to protect client money by reducing risk, with a full audit trail of investments and the risk of any loss from investment is mitigated.

We have a Client Money account with Barclays, which keeps client money separate and segregated from our own money at all times. All investment records are backed up in 3 separate locations in the cloud as well as through hard copy print outs. We have a diligent process for approving P2P platforms and specific loans, please read our "How it works" page to discover more.

 

Be professional, and act with integrity in everything that we do

We aim to be professional, fair and transparent. Please contact us If you have any questions or concerns. All complaints are shared with the CEO immediately, and we aim to resolve all matters promptly.

 

 

BondMason Contributing to the Financial Services Community

 

The financial services community is fast-moving, and as an innovator in the market, we are proud to lead thinking in the industry and share our insights with others. Here are some of the events and activities we've contributed to. Please contact us if you have an event or conference that you would like us to participate in.

 

Stephen Findlay speaker at Alternative and Receivables Finance Conference – Nov 2016

BondMason’s CEO Stephen Findlay was a speaker at the conference; uncovering investor appetite and examining how the increasing pool of investor capital is shaping the working capital finance market.

 

Stephen Findlay and Graham Martin present at Campden Wealth, The European Family Office conference – Nov 2016

Stephen Findlay and Graham Martin resented at The European Family Office Conference, on 1 - 2 November. With capital markets offering the lowest yields in years, and traditional investment channels struggling to provide stable returns, BondMason presented their insights into the Direct Lending market and shared the new BondMason Select service.

 

BondMason associate sponsor LendIt Europe – October 2016

BondMason was delighted to be an associate sponsor at LendIt Europe 2016 – Europe’s largest online lending event.

 

Lisa Coppola joins the panel at the Alternative Funding Network Seminar, London - September 2016

Chief Investment Officer Lisa joins the panel at Informed Funding’s AFN Seminar: Testing Times in Alternative Finance: Brexit and the FCA Review.

 

Stephen Findlay asked to speak at the inaugural EAP2P summit, Prague - March 2016

The EAP2P summit, is a 2 day summit organised by SymVest, set to cover the areas of P2P & Angel investing throughout Europe. Attended by leading family offices, HNWIs and investment funds.

Stephen Findlay is attending and has been invited as a panellist to contribute to a session on the Regulation of P2P Platforms, covering innovation in the P2P lending sector.

 

Stephen Findlay and James Wallis at the Alternative Investment Summit, London - November 2015

Stephen Findlay was a panellist at the Alternative Investment Summit, covering the topic of alternative lending and investing. James Wallis also attended the conference, attended by over 250 wealth managers, IFAs and advisers.

 

Stephen Findlay contributes to the FAMR

The Financial Advice Market Review, conducted by the FCA, is seeking to increase the level of innovation and advice in the financial services community. BondMason was invited to participate, recognised as a leading innovator in financial services. In August 2014, Stephen Findlay contributed to the study and attended a meeting with the FCA in Canary Wharf.

 

BondMason accepted to the FCA Innovation programme

The FCA is keen to support and foster innovation within Financial Services. In 2015 the FCA started an initiative, Project Innovate, to work with leading innovators. BondMason was one of the very first companies to meet the entry criteria and be accepted onto this programme.

 

Stephen Findlay chairs panel at the Young Company Finance Conference

Young Company Finance (YCF) is one of Scotland's leading publishers covering investment into startups and scaling companies. Into its tenth year, and with over 300 delegates, the annual conference covered all aspects of support and growth of early stage companies.

Stephen Findlay chaired the final session panel, which included contribution from Kerry Sharp, the Head of the Scottish Investment Bank