We’re a highly professional team of invoice finance experts with the knowledge and connections to provide the flexible cash flow and working capital solutions that will enable your business to realise its full potential. Entrepreneurial by nature, we’re keen to build our success on that of our clients – so you’ll find us very positive, helpful and supportive.
Richard Pepler – Chief Executive Officer
Richard is a dynamic and resourceful CEO with a proven 40 year track record in commercial finance, asset-based lending, factoring and invoice discounting, 24 of those running a number of successful invoice finance businesses. He creates a high-performance culture where Optimum provides a service excellence to SMEs, supporting them in good times and bad, helping them grow, prosper and fulfil their aspirations.
Claire Lewis – Chief Operating Officer
Claire has 21 years’ experience in the factoring and invoice discounting industry with a deep understanding of how to help a wide variety of businesses get the best out of these types of cash flow solutions. She has a great ability to build close relationships with clients and to ensure that Optimum successfully provides highly personalised services that are truly tailored to the client’s unique individual needs.
Jim Brown – Chief Financial Officer
Jim has 26 years’ experience in the audit and accounting profession, mostly gained within the big four firms that lead the industry. More recently he has worked closely with SMEs and start-ups, often in the role of consultant or as Chief Financial Officer. His knowledge, skills and connections are not just a huge asset to the Optimum team but to all the company’s clients.
Angie Briggs – Sales Director
Angie started her career at RBS then switched to the invoice finance industry about 21 years ago as a credit controller. She swiftly progressed into senior positions in operations and risk management, ultimately moving into business development. For her success is all about building close relationships with like-minded clients who can genuinely benefit from the services offered by Optimum – relationships where total transparency and excellent service engender trust and confidence.
Sherie Culley – Head of Compliance and Customer Relations
Sherie has spent the past 19 years building a successful career in the invoice finance industry. Her experience gathered across a variety of roles in the finance industry from relationship manager to auditor means that she has developed a dedicated customer understanding and appreciation which is central to what we do at Optimum.
Ricky Shafier – Regional Director – London and South East
Ricky has spent most of his career in FinTech, most recently at MarketInvoice. He since setup a market intelligence data platform before joining the Optimum Finance team as Regional Director for London & South East. Ricky has a keen focus on client satisfaction and his customer centric approach fits in perfectly with Optimum’s values.
Alan Redwood – Regional Director – Central England
Alan has 31 years’ experience in financial services managing corporate clients from SMEs to large multinationals in his senior roles in the finance sector, and as a board director with one of HSBC’s Group of Companies. He offers a great deal of business acumen and is delighted to now be assisting UK companies to flourish and prosper through clever cash flow management tactics in his role at Optimum.
Sieko Skryzpczak – Head of Marketing
Sieko brings 21 years of global insight and experience to the financial services team, offering a unique and dynamic approach to the business. Sieko is an agile and strategic thinker and in his new role, is ready to continue adding value to the already successful business, which is Optimum Finance.
Lisa Doherty – Client Manager
Lisa started her career in RBS where her strong relationship building skills have taken her to various roles from retail banking to the factoring and invoice discounting industry. Having had over 11 years’ experience within the financial sector she has the understating that all clients’ needs are not the same. She strongly believes that the services offered by Optimum as well as her own drive for relationship building means that a strong working relationship will be key in delivering what the Client is looking for.
Jonny Bryan – Finance Manager
Jonny has spent the last five years at Firestarter Business Solutions, most recently as a Commercial Manager. Prior to this he worked in a variety of roles across the public sector, corporate and SME environments. He has experience understanding the sensitivity and urgency required in SME cash flow management, something that will bring value to the team at Optimum. Jonny is eager to learn and passionate to succeed, continuing to build upon his knowledge of business process, data analytics and financial reporting.