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Hitachi board directors

Directing the business

 

Bringing together over 100 years of industry expertise and experience, our directors establish the policies and set the strategies that have made us one of the world’s largest providers of financial solutions to businesses and consumers alike.

Drawing on the wider Hitachi Group ethos, these policies and strategies are built with one vision in mind: to deliver innovations that answer society’s challenges. Meet our Directors…

Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Chief Executive Officer

With over 30 years’ experience within the finance industry, Robert was appointed as CEO for Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC in April 2015, bringing with him an established record of leadership, profit growth and progression.

Since joining Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC as the Business Finance Managing Director in 2006, Group Finance Director in September 2006 and Chief Operating Officer in June 2011, Robert has steered the group’s direction with his expertise and commitment to the business.

Robert is also the Corporate Officer for Hitachi Capital Corporation Japan, the parent company of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC.

Andrew Tapson

Andrew Tapson, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Chief Operating Officer

Andrew joined Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC in November 2015 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Group Service Functions and Change.

Having graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham in 1981, Andrew went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1984, and as a Corporate Treasurer in 1997.

He has 30 years of experience in the asset finance industry in a career encompassing a wide range of responsibilities in finance, systems and treasury as well as project roles in both multi-national and owner managed businesses including Security Pacific, AT&T and GE.

Andrew joined ING Lease UK in 2003 and was a key member of the team involved with the acquisition and subsequent integration of the Abbey businesses. In 2011 Andrew was appointed CFO and following ING’s Q4 2012 decision to exit the asset finance market in the UK was appointed CEO with responsibility to dispose of the portfolio and close the UK operation.

Gavin Wraith-Carter

Gavin Wraith-Carter, Managing Director of Hitachi Capital Business Finance

Gavin has been a powerful influence within the Business Finance sector for more than 30 years, since obtaining his fellowship from the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and beginning his career at Lombard UK.

Gavin was a part of the early team that formed First National Asset Finance in 2001, a business that went on to become the backbone of the £3billion UK ING Lease UK. He came to Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC in February 2013 and quickly became a key member of the senior management team – doubling the Business Finance portfolio in his first 12 months.

Appointed as General Manager in September 2014, Gavin continues to raise the Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC brand significantly within the Business Finance sector.

Gerald Grimes

Gerald Grimes, Managing Director of Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance

Since Gerald came to Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC in 2007 as Sales Director, and subsequently Managing Director of Consumer Finance, he has overseen significant expansion and taken the business into diverse new markets.

Gerald began his career as an accountant for HMRC before moving to Barclays Bank, where he gained a wealth of valuable experience in the lending market. He then spent 11 years with GE Capital, working across the UK, Europe and the USA with a focus on business development and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Gerald continues to make a powerful contribution to the finance industry, with his current roles including Board Director for the Financial Leasing Association (for which he has also acted as Chairman), and membership of the Bank of England Advisory Board and the FCA Small Practitioner Board.

Dilek Mackenzie

Dilek Mackenzie, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Director of European Business Development

Dilek was appointed director in 2012. She has worked in a variety of roles with Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC since 2003 and has over 25 years’ experience working in financial institutions across EMEA. Currently, she heads up the team responsible for developing the Hitachi Group captive business across Europe.

Dilek has an MBA and MSc in Business Administration.

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Andy Dodd, Managing Director of Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance

Andy joined Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC in August 2016 as Managing Director for the Invoice Finance division, bringing with him over 25 years of financial services experience.

He began his career at Barclays Bank before moving to roles at Euro Sales Finance and RBS. He was part of the management team which started Liquidity Ltd in 2004, an independent sales finance business based in the Midlands, as Operations Director his responsibilities included the implementation of new systems and processes as well as looking after the relationship management and credit functions. When Liquidity was purchased by Santander in 2009, Andy continued to drive innovation throughout the business as Head of Product Delivery, implementing a number of cross functional systems and controls as well as integration into the main banking operation.

Andy is an active member within the ABFA (the Asset Based Finance Association) and previously sat on the Executive Committee.

Jon Lawes

Jon Lawes, Managing Director of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions

As Managing Director of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, Jon has made an impressive and impactful contribution to the division’s successful growth.

In his previous role as Managing Director of the commercial vehicle division, Jon grew the business from 700 to 30,000 vehicles between 2001 and 2015. He led key acquisitions, including Newtown Vehicle Rentals (NVR), as well as acquiring 9,000 vehicles from Lombard Vehicle Management. He serves on the Supervisory Board for Hitachi Capital Polska Sp. z. o. o, the company’s Polish subsidiary; is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and Chairman of the BVRLA’s commercial vehicle committee.

Nat Sims

Nat Sims, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Legal Director and Company Secretary

Nat joined the Company as its first in-house lawyer in 2000 and has led the Group Legal function ever since. He was appointed Company Secretary in 2001.

Soon after qualifying as a solicitor at a commercial law firm in London, Nat moved in-house and gained 6 years' financial services experience with Volkswagen Financial Services before joining Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC.

In 2007, Nat steered the Company through its takeover by Hitachi Capital Corporation and delisting from the London Stock Exchange. He qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 2011 and was elected as a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute in 2012.

Nat represents Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC on the Legal Committee of the Finance & Leasing association, which he has chaired since 2008.

Andrew Slatford

Andrew Slatford, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Group Credit Risk Director

Andrew has spent well over 30 years in the European financial services industry.

After graduating from the University of Bath with a degree in European Studies, Andrew initially worked for a UK-based international food group, but moved into commercial banking in 1981 when he joined Chemical Bank’s corporate leasing business.

He also worked in credit risk management roles for Security Pacific and Bank of America before joining GE Capital in 1993. He was involved in many of GE’s European leasing acquisitions in the 1990s, and was appointed Chief Risk Officer of GE Corporate Financial Services’ European lending business in 2001.

From 2004 to 2011 he served as European Credit & Risk Director of KeyBank’s European equipment financing business.

Hamish Price

Hamish Price, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Group IT Director

Hamish joined Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC in 2012 as a Business Systems Manager, and subsequently the Group IT Director for Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC. In this time Hamish has led major change within IT capability, maturing both the function and services supporting the business.

Hamish has over 18 years' commercial experience in the web and IT industry. For the majority of this time he focused on defining E-strategies and then implementing them through each step of the delivery life cycle. His experience has been both in the SME and the large corporate markets, in the commercial web development sector and private sector.

Brands that Hamish has had responsibility to deliver for include Bradford & Bingley, William Hill, CPP, Marks & Spencer, ASDA, the BBC, Eidos, and Muller to name a few. His experience has seen him deliver technology solutions for clients in Canada, China, the Caribbean, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

Keith Lambert

Keith Lambert, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Director of Human Resources

Keith was appointed HRD for Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Group in July 2012. He has over 20 years’ experience within Human Resources (HR) working across a number of different industries and regions.

Keith has overseen significant changes within the HR function, for example, the introduction of the Best Companies Survey for Engagement, specialist functions within HR to meet the changing demands of the Businesses and the full integration of a Human Resource Information System (HRIS).

Starting his career at Lombard Tricity Finance, Keith then moved to P&O Nedlloyd where he gained his first experience of managing unionised workforces and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). He then spent time at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), where the business model was heavily margin focused as the company offered global, pan-European and UK specific outsourcing contracts. This period saw extensive travel across Geographies in supporting the inception and negotiation of deals to TUPE transfers.

Keith then moved to two significant players in the Global Insurance market, firstly AXA where he held a number of senior HR and L&D roles, inclusive of time in Paris, before moving to Royal Sun Alliance (RSA).