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Our Team

  • Sue Summers
    Sue Summers Chief Executive

    Sue has held CEO posts in regulated businesses for almost two decades including running Europe’s largest IFA trading exchange and as Deputy Managing Director of a FTSE 250 Fin Tech business. Her strong commercial focus and corporate experience, has secured the support of both private and public sector initiatives, and has been a driving force behind the growth of our business.

  • John Handley
    John Handley Non Executive Director

    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 FDC portfolio.

  • Pauline Watson Operations Director

    Pauline has worked in financial services for more than 20 years and has a wealth of experience in running operations across multiple teams and multiple locations.

    Pauline manages the day-to-day operations in terms of financial controls, stakeholder, statutory and regulatory reporting, buildings and infrastructure, technology, HR and office policies.

  • Sam Miller Commercial Director – New Propositions

    Sam has worked in the finance industry for 13 years, including two banks.  At RBS, Sam was an investment director for mid-market transactions in Birmingham.  Sam is currently principally engaged in strategic projects for the business but remains an active originator of deals for the team. Sam holds FSA/FCA qualifications, CIOBS, and BSc Management & Business Studies.

  • Graham Mold Head of Growth Capital

    Graham is a qualified chartered accountant (KPMG trained) 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 heads up the debt and equity investment team at FDC, and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new opportunities, and delivering investor returns.

  • Ondrej Okeke Regional Investment Director - Growth Capital

    Ondrej has over 20 years' experience in funding a wide range of small & middle-market corporate finance transactions, including acquisitions, buyouts, and recapitalisations. He is ACMA qualified and has held various roles in Leverage & Structured Finance with Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as on the investment management side with Yorkshire Fund Managers (now YFM Private Equity).

    Ondrej is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and transacting new SME mezzanine finance opportunities in the North.

  • Simon Kelsall Investment Director - Growth Capital

    Since qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG, Simon has spent nearly 20 years investing debt and equity into a broad range of UK SMEs for several major financial institutions, including 10 years with Barclays Ventures in Birmingham. 

    After 3 years in industry as Finance Director of a £10m turnover training company, he joined Frontier Development Capital in January 2019 to source, evaluate and transact new funding opportunities across England.

  • Carl Perry Investment Director - Growth Capital

    Carl Perry joined in 2018 to support the mezzanine finance team, having previously worked for HSBC  primarily supporting new and existing commercial customers with their financial and operational growth strategies.

  • Ben Dawson Investment Director

    After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, Ben has spent the last 14 years working in corporate finance, initially as an advisor with KPMG before a 9-year career within the Structured Finance team at RBS, where he was responsible for lending over £1bn of capital to support growing UK SME’s across a range of event led transactions.

    After a period investing equity into UK SME’s at Foresight Group, Ben joined Frontier Development Capital in September 2020 to source, evaluate and transact new funding opportunities across England.

  • Clive Broadhurst Portfolio Director

    Clive is an experienced finance professional who is responsible for managing our portfolio of Growth Capital investments. He helps drive our portfolio and risk management process, ensuring we can help maximise and protect the capital value of our investments. 

    He joined the team at Finance Birmingham in 2012 and as Investment Director led a number of debt and equity investments. Prior to that he spent 10 years with KPMG Corporate Finance working alongside a variety of mid market privately owned and private equity backed businesses. 

    He is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has also spent two years with Royal Bank of Scotland managing a portfolio of venture capital backed businesses.

  • Kathryn Hoverd


    Kathryn Hoverd Portfolio Executive

    Kathryn was brought over from the operations department to help manage the portfolio of Growth Capital. Her main focus is to provide support for FDC's ever growing portfolio of clients.

    • Holds a Masters degree from Aston University
    • Training to become a Chartered Accountant

  • Steve Hetherington Head of Sector Specific Funds

    Steve oversees the National Tooling Loan Fund, which supports component manufacturers and toolmakers across England.

    • 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

  • Marie Kelly Investment Manager - Tooling

    Marie joined to work on the £24m National Tooling Loan Fund. 

    Over 25 years’ experience of 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. 

    Holds the CIOBS diploma in Advanced Specialist Lending.

  • Nick Oakley Head of Property Finance

    Nick is a qualified banker, 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 and is primarily responsible for sourcing and evaluating new opportunities and developing the property funding portfolio.

  • Gerald Gannaway Investment Director - Property

    Gerald joined the property team in 2017, his business knowledge and understanding help to bolster the property team’s expertise and support with the delivery of Property Funds and extend the range of clients.

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

  • Ed Bradburn Investment Director- Property

    Ed joined the property team in July 2017 from HSBC where he worked primarily in Corporate Banking and Real Estate Finance. He brings extensive knowledge of the structuring and execution of real estate transactions to FDC, where he assists with the growth and delivery of the property funds.

  • Andy Green
    Andy Green Investment Director - Property

    • 24 years working at NatWest in corporate and commercial banking roles ultimately as Relationship Director 
    • Extensive experience working with SME clients with turnover in region of £2m-£25m
    • Sectors including manufacturing, leisure, professionals and retail

  • Kieren Turner-Owen Associate Director - Property

    Kieren joined the Property Team in 2019 after 6 years at HSBC, 4 of which in Corporate Real Estate. He brings extensive knowledge of the execution of real estate transactions to FDC where he will assist with the sourcing and evaluating the growth of multiple property funds. 

  • Chrissy Hince


    Chrissy Hince Marketing Manager

    Chrissy leads the development of the Marketing and PR activity, this includes devising and implementing a Marketing plan, maintaining collateral, tools and resources, and building the FDC brand. 

    • Has over 15 years’ experience of working in a variety of business support roles for professional services companies
    • Holds a First class BA Hons in Business and Management from Oxford Brookes University

  • Amy Westwood


    Amy Westwood Marketing Executive

    Amy joined the team as Marketing Executive. Her role is to deliver the marketing strategy for the business, including the coordination of its range of social and digital channels and the design of its range of materials.

    • Holds a Masters degree in Visual Communication, specialising in copywriting and graphic design.

  • Melissa Churchill


    Melissa Churchill Operations Support

    Melissa is a skilled administrator with previous experience in customer service, having recently graduated from Birmingham City University, with a 2:1 in English. Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration and resources of the office including facilitating clients, meetings and events.