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Paul Hird

Chief Executive
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
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
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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Jonathan (Jot) Hughes

Regional Sales Director – Thames Valley and South
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
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
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 – London
Tel: 07717 783497

Martin joined Leumi ABL in 2011 after an extensive ABL career encompassing a number of senior sales roles. Martin continues to extend his ABL knowledge and wide contact database to build his profile primarily in the advisory, investment and Private Equity community. Based in London, he focuses on sourcing and transacting ABL funding structures in transactional, refinancing, turnaround and growth scenarios.

Outside of work, Martin relaxes by playing golf (of variable quality!) at West Byfleet and making occasional trips to the local gym. With an interest in most sports, from Athletics to Darts, his alternative career would ideally be as a Sky Sports TV presenter.

Rob Wakeford

Rob Wakeford

Regional Sales Director – London
Tel: 07584 314360

Having worked in business development for a recruitment consultancy, Rob joined Leumi Invoice Finance in April 2010, responsible for sales in the South East region.

He is supporting the cashflow requirements of small to medium sized businesses, including start-ups, with lends of up to £2m. Looking forward to networking and supporting many different types of enterprises, Rob is keen to understand the challenges that businesses are going through and to work with them to help fulfil their goals.

An absolute sports enthusiast, Rob’s highlights include playing cricket for English Universities and playing golf off 10, but above all he is relishing the prospect of supporting England through another turbulent world cup year!

Kevin Yates

Kevin Yates

Director – Risk & Compliance
Tel: 01273 716223

Kevin joined the business in 2009 and is currently Risk & Compliance Director, responsible for compliance, the transaction support team (new business and existing clients), the client audit / due diligence team, the valuation panel and legal risk, as well as sitting on credit committee and the board of Leumi ABL.

Prior to Leumi Kevin worked for other UK based asset based lenders, and has 20 years experience of refinancings, mergers and acquisitions, multi-jurisdictional deals and syndications.

Kevin is married with a daughter, and like most of the Leumi team enjoys golf and the odd glass of wine.

Dave Rushton

Dave Rushton

Regional Sales Director – North West
Tel: 07825 049742

Dave joined Leumi ABL in July 2017 as Regional Sales Director for the North West.

An experienced ABL professional, having worked in client relationship and underwriting roles in the industry before moving on to new business generation, Dave is looking forward to working with established and new business introducers.  He is seeking to generate opportunities focused on creating deliverable and sustainable ABL  based solutions for SME and mid corporate clients with a funding need of between £1m-£25m, in particular providing innovative solutions to support mergers and acquisitions.

Away from work, Dave enjoys time with his young family including cooking and walking Harry the family golden retriever. Sports take up any time left over, both participating in and watching football, golf and cycling.


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