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.

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.

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.

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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).