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Paul Hird

Chief Executive

phird@leumiabl.co.uk
Tel: 07884 442555

Paul is the CEO and a founding director of Leumi ABL. Having been Chief Executive of a former AIM quoted Invoice Finance company, Paul has much experience in managing and growing a successful business. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Paul brings a wealth of valuable experience to Leumi ABL. His philosophy of high levels of client service gives him and his team a clear edge when supporting clients to achieve their business plans.

Paul is married with two children. Away from work he enjoys golf and cricket – plus the odd glass of wine!

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Phil Woodward

Managing Director

pwoodward@leumiabl.co.uk
Tel: 07900 802774

Phil is a founding director of Leumi ABL and is Managing Director though a primary focus of his role is that of the Sales and Marketing side of the business, taking an active role in many deals. Phil has also been a founding director fulfilling the Operations Director role and main plc board member of an AIM quoted Invoice Finance company; therefore Phil understands the needs of growing businesses, having been involved in building up businesses himself. Before this, Phil worked for other Invoice Finance businesses in both operations and sales roles and prior to this worked in the accountancy profession and so is able to bring a broad skill base to business situations.

When not working Phil likes to be active. Having both kids and horses keeps him busy at weekends! One for the countryside, Phil enjoys walking in his native Yorkshire and winter holidays skiing.

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Alan Couzins

Operations Director

acouzins@leumiabl.co.uk
Tel: 07827 340423

Alan joined Leumi ABL in June 2008 as Operations Director. He brings a deep understanding of the industry, having previously set up the asset based lending offering for RBS, as well as working with other invoice finance companies. He has seen the industry from both sides – both in an advisory capacity with an insolvency practitioner, as well as in client management, so is now well placed to drive growth in a safe way. Alan lectures at ABFA training courses.

Alan, is now enjoying working more locally after years of commuting to London spending more time with his son.

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Steve Nixon

Sales Director – London

snixon@leumiabl.co.uk
Tel: 07920 569661

As Regional Sales Director responsible for the Southern region, Steve works out of London. He has built a good reputation in the invoice finance market where he has worked since 1996, having had experience with both bank and independent providers. Steve now applies his many creative skills in the ABL market and is delighted to work with a team of like-minded individuals who share the same passion for doing business.

Away from work Steve likes to spend much time with his wife and two children, making the occasional escape to support Blackburn Rovers.

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Jonathan (Jot) Hughes

Regional Sales Director – Thames Valley and South

jhughes@leumiabl.co.uk
Tel: 07584 630762

Jonathan Hughes joined Leumi ABL in August 2010 as Regional Sales Director – Thames Valley and South West, and has opened a regional office in Reading.
Jonathan, widely known as ‘Jot’ in the industry, has been actively writing mid market and large ticket Invoice Discounting business for many years, and is well known to dealmakers across the Thames Valley. Delighted to be back in Reading, he now also covers the area to Southampton and across to the South West. Jonathan is looking to support opportunities in the £1m-£25m funding range and commenting on his role he says: “Leumi ABL is one of the few providers who is really open for business and for the first time in recent years I feel I have now joined a company that is able and very willing to write mid market business.”

In his spare time, Jot is keen on golf, motor sport especially Formula 1 and an enthusiastic Poker player!

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Jason Holland

Regional Sales Director – Midlands

jholland@leumiabl.co.uk
Tel: 07824 486820

Jason joined Leumi ABL in October 2008 with 10 years’ experience of the corporate banking and ABL markets in both sales and operational roles. As Regional Sales Director for the Midlands, Jason is responsible for generating new business leads and referrals from business introducers and prospective clients throughout the Midlands – a region he knows extremely well. He is delighted to be part of a dynamic and entrepreneurial team with a great reputation for ABL deals.

Outside of work, Jason enjoys tennis and rugby whenever he’s not operating a taxi service for his family.

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John Walsh

Regional Sales Director – Yorkshire and North East

jwalsh@leumiif.co.uk
Tel: 07824 486818

Having spent the last 3 years successfully building Leumi ABL’s reputation in Yorkshire, John is now spearheading the growth of Leumi Invoice Finance in the North as Regional Sales Manager. Prior to joining Leumi ABL he worked in the FMCG corporate sales sector. Along with his colleagues, John takes a dynamic, structured and commercial approach to getting deals done.

When not working, John’s high energy lifestyle includes frequent trips to the golf course. Always keen to stand out from the crowd, John has a reputation for sporting an array of highly colourful socks and shirts!

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Martin Risman

Regional Sales Director

mrisman@leumiabl.co.uk
Tel: 07717 783497

Martin has joined Leumi ABL from market leading credit insurer, Coface, where he was Head of Sales in Receivables Finance. With an extensive ABL background and wide contact database, primarily in London and the South East, Martin will be sourcing and transacting ABL deals in the funding marketplace.

Outside of work, Martin is married with three daughters but gets his peace by playing golf at West Byfleet and forcing himself down to the gym reasonably regularly. He is also a keen rugby follower, as a former player, and an avid supporter of Leeds Rhinos Rugby League club.

Bob Richards

Bob Richards

Regional Sales Director

brichards@leumiabl.co.uk
Tel: 07825 049742

Bob joined Leumi ABL in July 2014 with twenty-five years of experience in asset based lending in the North West.

Working with intermediary professionals in that time he has provided their clients with ABL facilities for transactions of all sizes and structures in both Corporate Finance and Restructuring. Deals include acquisitions, management buy-outs, management buy-ins, turnarounds and refinancing.

As Regional Sales Director for Leumi ABL in the North West he is responsible for business development and sales in areas he knows well: Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales.

Bob comments:“I’m excited about the opportunities that working with such a strong and enthusiastic team will provide. Leumi ABL has the appetite and creativity to provide funding, a genuine commitment to client service and a reputation for delivery.”

Away from work Bob has two grown-up sons. He’s well known for his love of football and is a semi-professional Referee. He’s also a keen cyclist and has a huge collection of Soul records that (to his wife’s dismay) he’s still adding to!

 

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