Glenhawk announces trio of hires

Glenhawk has strengthened its finance and compliance functions with three new appointments.

The lender, which secured over £200m of funding from JP Morgan and a US credit fund over the past 18 months, has recruited Jeremy Russ as head of compliance, Roxana Tsirikhova (pictured above) as head of financial planning and analysis, and Imogen Pearce as financial accountant.

Jeremy — who takes over the compliance role from Damani Johnson, who was promoted to chief operating officer in January — brings over 20 years of financial services experience, spanning the private equity, consumer finance, wealth management and capital markets sub-sectors.

He has held senior FCA-approved compliance, risk and MLRO roles at The Beacon Group, Lapithus Group, Northview Group, and at specialist residential lender Belmont Green Finance Limited as chief risk officer.

Roxana joins from fintech firm gohenry, where she was head of planning and analysis, and brings 10 years of commercial finance experience with her.

The CIMA-qualified finance professional previously worked at Refinitiv, Belmont Green Finance Limited, Signal AI, and Liquid Capital Markets.

She will be responsible for financial modelling in order to support the company’s growth plans, as well as provide commercial financial analysis across the business.

Imogen is a newly qualified ACA-accountant, who has previously worked with Bank of America and accountancy firm Dixon Wilson.

She will assist Glenhawk’s finance director, Ryan Benton, across all aspects of company financial management and reporting.

“Jeremy, Roxana and Imogen are the latest additions to our fast growing, best-in-class team,” said Guy Harrington, CEO at Glenhawk.

“In particular, they bring significant experience managing institutional relationships, which is becoming increasingly important for us as we mature as a business.

“As we look to ramp up our lending activity and enhance our product offering, we will continue to invest heavily in our people across every function, underpinned by an ethos combining institutional-style practices with an entrepreneurial approach.”

The specialist finance provider — which remains on target to lend £500m by 2022 — has increased its team by over 30% in size to 37 people since the start of 2020, including expanding its senior leadership team and UK regional footprint.

In June, Glenhawk partnered with Finastra Technology to drive customer engagement and achieved carbon neutral certification from the Carbon Trust.

The company introduced its first regulated bridging product in October 2020.

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