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Donal Lawless
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Donal Lawless

>  Founder & CEO
>  Shaping and implementing strategy

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Having developed a new Specialist Motor Finance business, building on his years of experience with finance and specifically following on from his experience gained through establishing and building his own loan book, Donal has now perfected the ideal one stop solution for consumers looking to buy and finance/lease their new car. Historically Donal has specialised in helping ambitious businesses achieve their goals in start-up and turnaround situations, as well as in preparation for liquidity events. A broad contributor, he offers deep experience securing venture financing, improving operational efficiency, developing new markets, and building robust financial management. This is a result on his unique combination of thirty years financial and operational experience, a practical and can-do approach, and a keen entrepreneurial spirit. Initially from an audit background, Donal is an experienced negotiator and fundraiser. He has led teams that successfully secured Ireland’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement, completed numerous multi-million Euro sale and purchase agreements (SPA), raised many millions in third-party financing during both the 2001 and 2008 recessions, raised almost €3m on behalf of a client for a property project in Portugal, and was part of a management team that followed a £24m management buyout (MBO) with a subsequent $340m sale of a much-improved business.

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Valerie Loughrey
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Valerie Loughrey

>  Head of Operations Ireland

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An Accounts Professional with a broad range of skills across the accounts function and management of an office environment.  Valerie's career has spanned working in Sales, Motor Trade and Breakdown Recovery businesses. Her experience and skill set cover areas of operations management, fleet planning & control, quality control and customer service.  Valerie has a wealth of experience across the spectrum of accounts function, management accounts and Revenue.  

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Anthony Vickers
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Anthony Vickers

>  Director & Head of Operations UK 
>  Special Adviser (Ireland) - Providing strategic guidance on underwriting, legal and compliance

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Anthony Vickers, formerly Head of Business Development Seneca Capital and Glenside Finance. With over 15 years’ experience in commercial asset & consumer motor finance. Anthony specialises developing bespoke underwriting criteria & collecting out depressed loan books. He was responsible for developing multiple non-prime underwriting criteria across numerous loan books, both in the UK and Ireland. Overseeing & implementing underwriting and processing of agreements, to collecting out the portfolios. Previously he was head of legal at Marsh Finance which incorporated Marsh’s own legal cases along with managed portfolios for Conister Bank, Ferrari Financial Services, All in One Finance. He is an expert in legal matters ensuring new level of compliance within the FCA’s guidelines. Anthony has a degree in international and contemporary military history with politics from the University of Salford.

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Conor Moran
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Conor Moran

>  Board Member
>  Advising and providing strategic guidance to management on Funding requirements
>  Managing Director of Key Capital

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Conor Moran is a former Managing Director with Key Capital in Dublin, Ireland with responsibility for the group’s portfolio of investment companies. He previously served as Head of Corporate Finance advising both domestic and international clients on acquisitions, restructurings, disposals and fundraisings. Previously, Mr. Moran worked with Allied Irish Bank (AIB) in the Corporate Finance team advising both the bank on international acquisitions and third-party clients on the full suite of corporate activity. Mr. Moran qualified as an Accountant with KPMG Ireland where he worked across the firm’s Business Advisory Services department and Corporate Finance unit working as part of the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) team specialising in large scale infrastructure projects advising both the public and private sector.

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Brian Hyland
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Brian Hyland

>  Board Member
>  Advising and providing strategic guidance to management on Compliance issues
>  Consulting Partner RSM Ireland

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Brian Hyland is owner of Alpine Financial Consultancy Limited a boutique advisory company providing Advisory and Non-Executive Director services to his  Client’s. Mr Hyland is currently on the board of a number of early stage Companies.

A former senior partner with RSM, he was a partner for over 20 year’s where he ultimately headed up their Corporate Finance and Forensic teams. Has served on a number of Committees and brings a wealth of independent experience in Governance, navigation of early stage start-ups through funding and to profitability and constructive challenge and mentoring of the executive teams. Mr Hyland is a Fellow of Chartered Accountant’s Ireland and originally trained as an auditor with PKF.

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Peter Jamison
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Peter Jamison

>  Chairman & Special Advisor - providing strategic guidance to management 

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Peter’s career in finance began when he joined the leasing and asset finance arm of Lloyds Bank.  Having worked his way through the ranks there he joined US lessor, Control Data Inc, 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 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 funding leasing and asset finance portfolios Peter identified an opportunity to develop a new wholesale lending business targeted at providing support to the growing independent asset and motor finance sectors and joined Seneca in 2016 to set up and drive forward Seneca Capital Limited a new Block Discounting business. In 2018, on behalf of Seneca Capital, Peter spearheaded the purchase of Glenside Finance Limited and subsequently supervised its transformation to become a successful retail motor finance lender. Peter is now running his own consultancy specialising in providing guidance and support to companies engaged in all aspects of asset finance, leasing, motor finance and wholesale funding.