Sue Summers Finance Birmingham Sue Summers, Chief Executive

Formed Finance Birmingham with Birmingham City Council and has led the growth of the business from a Business Loan Fund of £10 million to £300 million through a range of funds and programmes both locally and on a national scale.Over a decade’s experience of CEO posts in regulated businesses including, The Exchange, Regional Stock Exchange and Finance Birmingham.Sue is passionate about the SME community and the role they play in the economy’s recovery and growth. A strong commercial focus and corporate experience has secured the support of both public and private sector initiatives.

John Handley Finance Birmingham John Handley, Chief Investment Officer

 An experienced Private Equity practitioner for over 20 years and winner of Midlands Dealmaker Awards four times with Bridgepoint (once) and LDC (three times).A seasoned Non Executive Director having held numerous board seats in a private equity and independent capacity during that period. Previously John was a Senior Director of LDC and currently chairs the Investment Committees of Finance Birmingham and CCF (Capital Creative Fund) in London. Since leaving LDC in 2005, John has worked on a wide range of SME initiatives both as a Non-Executive Director as well as supporting the growth of the Finance Birmingham portfolio.

Clive Broadhurst, Investment Director

Clive’s principal focus is on investing our debt and equity funds under management, whilst also managing a large number of the existing client portfolio.

  • Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in Birmingham
  • Ten years M&A corporate finance experience with KPMG
  • Two years with Royal Bank of Scotland managing a portfolio of venture capital backed businesses
Ann-Marie Buffery Finance Birmingham Annmarie Buffery, Project Monitoring Officer 

Annmarie Buffery provides administration support to the rapidly expanding team at Finance Birmingham

  • Previous roles at Barclays Bank and Business Link, both in the Midlands
  Ian Fairclough, Investment Director

Over 10 years of experience investing in firms of various sizes. Ian trained as a chartered accountant at PWC, in audit and assurance, before moving to the corporate finance department. Ian spent two years looking at acquisitions and internal investment at npower, before joining Midven Venture Capital – investing up to £500k in SMEs in the West Midlands region. Ian joined Finance Birmingham as Investment Director to work on a £9m debt and equity fund and a £56m mezzanine fund – providing finance to SMEs in the Midlands.

 GG Gerald Gannaway, Investment Director 

A qualified banker with over 25 years Corporate Banking experience across SME, Mid Market & Large Corporate, and latterly Real Estate. Also with a strong Credit & Restructuring background, including managing a team of specialist Relationship Managers delivering bespoke financial solutions.

Gerald is responsible for identifying and delivering transactions meeting the objectives of the Collective Investment Fund and Land Remediation Grant Fund.


  Andy Green, AMSCI Investment Director

Andy helps to deliver the national AMSCI fund which is helping to strengthen manufacturing supply chains across the UK.

  • 24 years working at NatWest in corporate banking roles and as relationship director since 2001
  • Extensive experience working with SME clients with turnover in region of £2m-£25m
  • Sectors including manufacturing, professionals and retail
Paul Halford, Portfolio Manager 

Paul is a recent addition to the Finance Birmingham team, and is responsible for strengthening existing portfolio and strategic operations.

  • 43 years’ experience within NatWest in the Corporate & SME market with various roles in credit control, portfolio management , business development and 10 years as a West Midlands regional director
  • Held a non-executive role with the successful Advantage Transition Bridge Fund and was an active member of the both the West Midlands Regional Finance Forum and the Birmingham & Solihull LEP’s Access 2 Finance committee.
  Steve Hetherington, Tooling Investment and AMSCI Director

Steve oversees the national AMSCI fund which is helping to strengthen manufacturing supply chains across the UK.

  • Over 35 years experience in the Birmingham banking arena
  • Head of private banking for Bank of Scotland
  • Director roles for both large corporate trading and real estate teams at Bank of Scotland
kh Kathryn Hoverd, Operations Support

Kathryn helps deliver the day-to-day running of the office, providing resources and administration for the expanding investment teams, as well as facilitating the range of business events.

Marie Kelly, Investment Manager

Marie joined Finance Birmingham to work on the £24m Tooling Loan Fund. She has over 20 years’ experience of the banking and financial services industry, starting her career with HSBC then moving to Bank of Scotland Corporate working with the lead director on a portfolio of large corporate clients with turnover in excess of £25m. She then moved to Bank of Scotland Private Banking, leading the Birmingham office credit team. She holds the CIOBS diploma in Advanced Specialist Lending.

Graham Mold, Investment Director

Graham is a qualified chartered accountant (KPMG trained) who joined FB in 2014 bringing over 30 years of experience of investing in, and working with, SMEs. Graham has spent 14 years in the VC industry. He has held several Fund Principal positions as well as Portfolio Director and Finance Director roles. He has also sat on  numerous boards of investee companies.

Graham is married with five children, lives in Leicestershire, is a keen golfer and chef, and enjoys watching all sports.

Stephen Murray, Investment Director

Stephen is an ex-Big Four Chartered Accountant with a background in banking, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring. He was previously at RBS, managing a team helping customers drive operational and financial business improvement and providing mezzanine and equity funding to facilitate growth. Prior to RBS, Stephen worked at KPMG in both the Transaction Services (providing financial due diligence to funders, investors and purchasers) and Restructuring departments (delivering restructuring actions that provide improvements to cash flow, profit & loss and the balance sheet).

Sam Miller, Investment Director

 Sam’s role is to originate, transact and complete SME debt and equity investments. Sam sits on a number of the Finance Birmingham investee companies’ Boards and works closely with the management teams to support their strategy to deliver an equity return.

  • 10 years in banking/venture capital and treasury management at HBOS and RBS
  • Diverse background from start-up businesses through to EVs of £40m plus
  • Built up a significant network in Birmingham and is able to draw on many sources to enable successful completion of transactions
Nick Oakley, Senior Investment Director

Nick is a qualified banker, he joined Finance Birmingham in 2015 bringing over 30 years of experience in the corporate banking industry.  From 2001, onwards Nick was Regional Head of Property Finance and Restructuring Teams for The Royal Bank of Scotland in the Midlands. He has significant experience of funding both commercial and residential property developers on a senior debt, mezzanine and equity basis

Nick heads up the Property Finance Team for FB and is primarily responsible for sourcing and evaluating new opportunities and developing the property funding portfolio.

Nick is married with two daughters and lives in Worcestershire, in his leisure time he is a keen golfer, cyclist and enjoys watching all sports.

Jeremy Taylor, AMSCI Investment Director

Jeremy helps to deliver the national Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) fund.

  • Business Banking Manager for 20 years at Lloyds TSB
  • Senior roles at Birmingham Business Link from 1996 – Head of European Funded Programmes and Head of Business Transformation
  • Extensive experience of both public and private funding
  Pauline Watson, Operations Director 

Pauline has been with Finance Birmingham since its inception in 2010 and has more than 18 years experience in financial services.  Pauline manages the day-to-day running of the team at Finance Birmingham.

  • Office management roles in financial services since 1996
  • Previous roles at Crisp Computing, Marlborough Stirling and Vertex
  • Investbx from 2007 before joining Finance Birmingham
  Diane Watt, Investment Manager 

Diane helps monitor the delivery of the AMSCI fund to eligible companies within the manufacturing industry.

  •  28 years working at Allied Irish Bank as Business Relationship Manager
 aw1  Amy Westwood, Marketing Executive

Amy helps to deliver all marketing strategies for Finance Birmingham, managing the social media sites and updating the website as well as ensuring the team have well designed literature to aid with their funds.