Our Leadership Team

With decades of industry expertise and experience, our leadership team is responsible for creating and implementing the overall strategies that have made Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC a market leader in business and consumer finance.

Executive Team

The executive team is responsible for leading the day-to-day management of the group. It agrees the vision, mission, strategy and values, in alignment with those of the shareholder, for recommendation to the board for approval.

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 commenced his career with Touche Ross in Australia and the United Kingdom in Audit and Management Consulting. He later gained banking and Treasury experience with Greyhound Bank PLC and eventually lead Finova’s European and African aircraft and asset leasing operation for over 10 years. Robert is also Senior Corporate Officer for Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc. the parent company of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC. He is an Economics graduate from Adelaide University and a qualified Chartered Accountant

Vincent Reboul

Managing Director, Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance

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

Dilek Mackenzie

Managing Director, Hitachi Capital European Vendor Solutions

Dilek was appointed director in 2012, having worked for Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC since 2003, during which time she has held a number of senior and strategic leadership roles. Dilek heads up HCEVS, the division responsible for developing business across Europe with shareholder group companies and their key accounts. She has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of HCEVS, taking it from a team of 3 in 2013 to a team of 40+ that it is today with offices located in UK (head office), Republic of Ireland and Netherlands and offices in Belgium and Finland soon to follow. Dilek has an MBA and BSc in Business Administration and has gained over 25 years of experience working for financial institutions across EMEA.

Andy Dodd

Managing Director, 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.

Geoff Maleham

Managing Director, Hitachi Capital Business Finance

Geoff has 20 years of asset finance experience having worked for Abbey and ING Lease in various credit risk roles before joining the company in 2013 as a Senior Credit Manager. Geoff has held a number of risk positions since joining Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC transitioning from Head of Flow Underwriting and Head of Credit into the wider role of Head of Risk for the Business Finance division. He is a member of the Finance and Leasing Association Asset Finance Division committee and sits on their broker and intermediary team.

Jon Lawes

Managing Director, 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 is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and Chairman of the BVRLA’s commercial vehicle committee.

John Shiels

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Chief Risk Officer

With over 25 years’ experience in compliance, risk, finance and general management, John has a strong background in the financial services industry, holding senior positions at Clydesdale Bank, Virgin Money and RBS. Before joining Hitachi Capital UK, John’s most recent role was at online investment service, Interactive Investor where he oversaw all aspects of risk, compliance and financial crime.

 

 

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. 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.

Andy Murdoch

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Group Director of Operations

Andy has over 25 years’ experience in finance and general management, primarily in the financial services industry. He was appointed director in 2019 and has worked in a variety of roles with Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC since 2006, most recently as Head of Change Management. He previously held senior positions with Centrica and GE Capital. Andy is a qualified Chartered Accountant with direct responsibility for Group Change and Business Continuity across the business.

Nick Broughton

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Chief Information Officer

Nick joined the company in March 2019 as Head of IT Transformation and Governance, before becoming Interim Group IT Director, and now CIO. He previously headed up Applications Development for Hallmark Cards in the UK and prior to this was Acting Global CIO for Alere Inc, where he led IT in the US, Europe and Japan. He has also held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at Capita IT Services, Cable & Wireless and Energis. Prior to this he had a background in Programme and Project Management at Yorkshire Electricity and 10 years IT operations experience at Tilcon. Nick is responsible for Group IT and digital operational development across Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC.

Neil Hayward

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Group HR Director

Neil joined the Company in 2000 as Personnel Manager for Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions. Having carried out a number of Head of HR roles over the years across the business, Neil became Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC HR Director in April 2019 after seven months as interim. Neil worked in both the public and private sector in HR positions prior to joining the business. As the company has grown, Neil has led many of the HR change programmes and been involved in acquisitions in both the UK and Europe. Neil is a graduate and Associate of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

David Corbitt

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Group Finance Director

David joined the company as Group Financial Controller in January 2017. He was appointed Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Finance Director in May 2021 after eight months as joint interim CFO. David previously held Group Financial Controller roles outside of the financial services industry for 10 years. He trained in financial auditing and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in 2008 before moving into M&A Financial Diligence at PwC. David has a chemistry degree from the University of Warwick.

Theresa Lindsay

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC Group Marketing Director

Theresa joined the business in 2013 to develop and launch the Group's first direct to consumer personal finance channel, creating the digital marketing infrastructure for the business as a whole and repositioning the brand in the process. With over 30 years industry experience, Theresa has held senior positions both agency and client side, in marketing & business development across a wide range of industry sectors, often creating marketing operations from scratch and building the strategy to deliver more effective customer engagement across an number of channels. This includes both retail and corporate finance (Lloyds, Barclays and Flemings) to over a decade in international marketing as Director of Business Development & Marketing for one of the largest Government agencies tasked with securing global investment into the UK. As Group Marketing Director, Theresa is responsible for the overall brand strategy across all marketing channels in the Group. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Yoko Hitosugi Bessey

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC General Manager CEO Office & CSR

Yoko Hitosugi Bessey joined the company in 2009 as the assistant to the CEO. Since then, she has held a number of roles mainly supporting the CEO, focusing on developing and maintaining smooth and trusted relations with the company’s key stakeholders. For the past few years, Yoko has been leading the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, supporting the company’s enhanced sustainability programme across all business activities, aligning business and strategy with the United Nations' Sustainable Business Development goals. Prior to joining Hitachi Capital, Yoko worked for various blue chip Japanese organisations, both in Japan and the UK including JR Central and KDDI, building her knowledge and experience. Yoko is a graduate with a degree in English language and literature.

Board of Directors

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC’s board has an oversight role, delegating day-to-day responsibility for managing the group’s business to the executive team and holding the Chief Executive Officer to account.

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. Guy joined the HCUK board as Chairman in February 2017. Guy is chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Robert Gordon

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 a member of the Nomination Committee and also the Corporate Officer for Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc. the parent company of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC.

Alan Hughes

Deputy-Chairman and Senior Independent Director

Alan had 35 years with HSBC, rising to its UK executive board as General Manager. He held responsibility for all products, service, pricing and marketing. He was Chief Executive of First Direct Bank, ran significant subsidiaries of HSBC and was a main board director of its commercial asset finance group. He was responsible for commercial invoice finance throughout HSBC Group. Alan serves as Chairman of Equals Group plc and Chairman of Unity Trust Bank plc. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a prize winner in the Institute’s professional qualifications and has taught banking. He holds an MBA from Henley Management College. He was a visiting lecturer at Warwick University and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and served as Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of Council at Loughborough University. Alan is chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination Committee.

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 a number of charities. Anne joined Hitachi Capital (UK) in 2016, is chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

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. Hiro is a member of the Audit and Risk, Nomination and Remuneration committees.


More information

Our financial performance

Gender pay gap report 2020

Our approach to corporate governance

Corporate social responsibility

Annual report 2021