Peter Thomas steps down from Leasing Foundation


The Leasing Foundation today announces that Peter Thomas has stepped down from his role as executive director to establish a global network looking at the future of finance.

He will be working with many former and current Foundation colleagues on a range of issues that are beyond equipment and asset finance and is now focusing on driving these forward.

We would like to thank Peter for his contribution to the Foundation as co-founder, COO and then executive director from its creation to this point. We will maintain points of connection on the professional development agenda, as well as on innovation and technology where the global focus of the new network on fintech, regulation and industry development complements the Foundation’s existing initiatives.

The Business Finance Innovation MA at Falmouth University, where Peter is visiting professor of financial innovation and advises on the evolution of the MA, is a principal example of this.  We will be jointly supporting the development of the MA as part of a suite of new business degrees with a focus on new technologies and new skills for the future of finance.  The Certified Business Finance Professional, established under the umbrella of the Foundation, is now an independent not-for-profit body.

From its inception, the Foundation has sought to demonstrate that there are many ways to support the development of the industry with a focus on getting the job done rather than structures and titles. It has been a platform from which projects and initiatives are launched, and has partnered with the FLA and the AF-PA Trust amongst others to ensure that the industry has a flow of initiatives that promote innovation and research to drive its growth.

Building on this heritage, the Foundation has also reorganised to ensure we can deliver on our key priorities. We would therefore like to announce a new board for the Foundation focused on technology leadership, young people and diversity and inclusion.

The following board positions have been confirmed:

Andrew Denton (Alfa Financial Software, chairman)
Mike Randall (Simply, Technology)
Nathan Mollett (Metro Bank, Young People)
Graeme Chisholm (CBRC, Young People)
Carol Roberts (1pm, Diversity and Inclusion)
Jo Davis (Locke Lord, Diversity and Inclusion)
Ian Isaac (Lombard, non-executive)
Gavin Wraith-Carter (Hitachi Capital, non-executive)