Hitachi board directors

Our Leadership Team

 

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…

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Guy Munnoch, Chairman of the Board

After 21 years with the British Army where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Guy has spent the last 20 years honing his skills in the finance industry, becoming CEO Zurich Financial Services in the UK and Southern Africa.

In February this year, Guy joined the HCUK board as Chairman, excited by our vision for the organisation.

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Alan Hughes, Deputy-Chairman and Senior Independent Director

Alan has had a 35 year career at HSBC Bank plc, where he introduced the HSBC brand name in the UK & EU, and was CEO of First Direct Bank. He holds an MBA and was visiting lecturer at Warwick University Business School and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

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Anne Whitaker, Chair of the Audit Committee and Independent Non-Executive Director

In a career spanning 30 years at Ernst & Young, Anne was Head of Audit, UK Financial Services Practice for four years, and specialised in Investment Management for 17 years. She is now a board member in both the private and public sectors and works as a volunteer with four charities.

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Yoshikazu (Kazu) Ohashi, Non-Executive Director, representative of Shareholder

Kazu is the Vice President and Executive Officer for Hitachi Capital Corporation. Responsible for overseeing the Hitachi Capital Group European business and also CHO for Hitachi Capital Corporation. He has 31 years’ experience in the leasing industry with Hitachi Capital including Accounting, Tax, Internal Audit and Sox activities.

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Hiroyuki (Hiro) Fukuro, Non-Executive Director, representative of Shareholder

Hiro has 35 years’ experience in banking including Tokyo Trust and Banking (now called Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation) and Hitachi Capital Trust Corporation. He was the President of Hitachi Capital Trust Corporation for 7 years and spent five years in New York with the Tokyo Trust bank.

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.

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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.

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Vincent Reboul, Managing Director of Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance

Vincent has 18 years of experience in financial technology, retail banking and e-commerce. He has held leadership roles at household names such as Bank of America, M&S Money and HSBC, and as General Manager of UK Credit for PayPal.

His most recent appointment was as Commercial Director of Financial Services for Shopdirect group, one of the largest e-tailers in the UK, with over 3 million customers.

Dilek Mackenzie

Dilek Mackenzie, Managing Director of Hitachi Capital European Vendor Solutions

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 BSc 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Andrew Ring, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Group Director of Finance

Andrew joined Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC in July 2016 as Group Finance Director.

He arrived from Barclays where he worked since 2008. Andrew held many senior finance roles at Group, Division and Business Unit level covering planning, strategy and restructuring to his most recent role as UK Finance Director for Barclays Corporate Banking, a unit generating £1.5bn annual profit.

Previous to Barclays, Andrew worked at KPMG in both Audit and Restructuring where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of ICAEW.

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Lorna Allan, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, Group IT Director

Lorna joined Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC as Head of IT in November 2016 and subsequently the Group IT Director for Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC.

Lorna has over 20 years’ IT experience across a wide range of business sectors including legal, telecommunications, energy, healthcare and heavy industry as well as experience in large scale local government.

Lorna come from a technical background and brings strong operational IT experience as well as structured programme and project management disciplines.   Lorna has worked for a number of multi-national companies and has delivered a number of transformation initiatives to better align IT to the business. During her career, Lorna has worked for businesses including Siemens and The British Library.  Lorna has been responsible for IT services and teams across Europe, Hong Kong and India.

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Brian McLoughlin, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, Group Human Resources Director

Brian joined Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC as Group Human Resources Director in January 2017 and in this role, has responsibility for leading and delivering the human capital strategy across the Company.

Brian has over 30 years’ Human Resources related experience, the bulk of which has been gained within the Financial Services industry. Brian began his career at Crusader Insurance PLC before moving to United International Pictures. Prior to joining Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, Brian spent 22 years with American International Group (AIG) where he held various senior level human resources leadership positions at both a global and regional level. These included roles supporting multiple business lines across the insurance and international consumer finance divisions. During his career, Brian has worked in Ireland, France, USA and UK.

Brian is a graduate of The College of Marketing & Design in Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA).