As we move into the recovery for SMEs, one of the key parts of that recovery will be building back a stronger more resilient business that has strong ESG principles at the heart.Which is why we will be joined by a panel whose companies are at the forefront of the move towards responsible lending, providing a variety of new lending options that puts inclusion, community, and climate at the heart of their approval criteria. We’ll be discussing what’s driving their focus on responsible lending; the obstacles to and opportunities for wider adoption and their views on what it’s going to take to create real and sustainable change.
Graeme is responsible for larger SMEs, smaller corporates and ambitious fast-growing businesses as well as the banking products that support them and the customer economics behind it all.Graeme joined Clydesdale Bank in 2006, focusing mainly on debt funding larger TMT transactions and going on to develop and run the bank’s venture debt offering, Growth Finance, in 2010. Graeme trained as a CA with PwC; then worked in their M&A practice focusing almost exclusively on the technology sector. That took him to a new role as CFO for a VC funded fintech business and then to GM of a larger software business before he entered the world of banking. He remains a Non-Executive Director in the fintech business which keeps him connected to the real-world issues impacting businesses in the UK today.
Atelier offers a bespoke short-term lending solution for professional property investors. Chris has extensive experience across UK financial services. To date, he has built a leading mortgage intermediary business, which exited to a major Wall Street Bank, held a strategic mortgage role in a high street lender, and delivered the infrastructure to launch a challenger bank. Chris consults regularly, is an adviser to a leading mortgage fintech and is an elected Fellow of the London Institute of Banking. He also holds a Masters with Distinction in Financial Services Management, majoring in Risk & Compliance.
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