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Meet the team

Find out a little more about our team of asset finance specialists.

ken mckeating

Ken McKeating Sales Director – SME Lending Division

ian galbraith

Ian Galbraith Head of Broker – SME Lending Division

Our broker BDM Team

Our team of broker Business Development Managers will work with you to create a finance package tailored to your customer’s needs.

Discover more about their roles and previous experience.

paul heath

Paul Heath

Career background

I started out working in finance for Bank of Scotland in the Motor division. After two and a half years I left to join Lombard, based just outside Southampton, where I stayed for 18 years. I spent a short amount of time with Close Brother’s Transport Division, before working as a Broker for a company based in Bournemouth. Upon leaving the brokerage I worked at Simply for a few months, before joining Paragon in August 2019.

What you enjoy most about the role

Going out meeting brokers, discussing opportunities with them and further building a good working relationship.

Standout deal

Due to when I joined, most of my deals have been CBILS related. I did re-finance a Printing Press for a customer, circa £570k, which I had funded originally whilst working at Lombard.

Business Development Associates

Naomi Mellows

Ollie Cole

claire hildersley

Claire Hildersley

Career background

I have spent many years in the industry. My financial career started at First National Bank, followed by Siemens Financial Services and then I spent 16 years at Lombard.

What you enjoy most about the role

I enjoy working with my team. Everyone is very supportive and there is a wealth of knowledge and experience - and of course I love the relationships I have with my brokers. Usually communication would be with regular face to face meetings, although understandably in 2020 and going into the start of 2021 there is very little of that.

Standout deal

I enjoy helping with solutions for customers, for example I am currently working on a tricky underwrite on a large bit of kit, I am bringing in Paragon Invoice Finance to look at their factoring which will offer Paragon more security - it’s a clever way of getting a deal over the line.

Business Development Associates

Gail Bartlett

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