Team | Newable

Our team is ambitious for our business, our clients and for our community. We come to work to make a positive difference, living our values.

Chris Manson

Chris Manson

Chief Executive Officer

Having started out his career as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the start-up and sale of SMEs. With the creation, development and sale of three businesses under his belt, Chris was awarded an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for London in 2005.

His most profitable endeavour, the interactive shopping channel company ‘sit-up Ltd’, was sold to Virgin Media for £194 million. Chris’ entrepreneurial flair and experience in building SMEs will be vital knowledge to assist Newable in developing its growth strategy, branding and communication. His previous roles also include directing Commercial Operations for Chelsea Football Club and working for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group.

Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh

Chief Financial Officer

Mike provides strategic financial support for four key business areas including property development, finance for business, managing over £300m of VC investment funds and the provision of business advice and training. Mike has worked for some 30 years in the financial services sector and qualifying initially as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Since qualifying, he has worked mainly in the asset management sector with Invesco /LGT as Group Financial Controller and has held senior CFO and COO positions at Credit Suisse Asset Management's UK business, Deutsche Asset Management Europe and Barclays Global Investors European and Asia ex Japan businesses. Most recently, Mike was Global Chief Operating Officer at Apax Partners, the major private equity group.

Monica Whitefield

Monica Whitefield

HR Director

Monica is a qualified MCIPD HR professional who has over 20 years experience of holding senior HR positions within the commercial, financial and not for profit sectors. She has strong expertise in delivering effective HR services and driving organisational change. As HR Director, Monica provides strategic HR services and support to each of Newable’s businesses.

Monica joined Newable in January 2014 as HR Manager; her previous roles include HR Director and HR Manager positions at Bloodwise, British Board of Film Classification, The Food and Drink Federation and Pitney Bowes Finance PLC.

Nick Wright

Nick Wright

Marketing & Communications Director

Following an undergraduate degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a post graduate degree from St John’s College Oxford, Nick embarked on a career in advertising rising quickly to become Deputy MD of renowned agency, Collett, Dickenson, Pearce.

Nick then joined Oxford United Football Club as Commercial Director helping the club move to a new stadium, a development including the creation of the largest conference centre between London, Bristol and Birmingham.

Returning to advertising, Nick enjoyed five years as Managing Director of McCann Erickson, London at that time the UK’s second largest agency. Prior to joining Newable, Nick launched and ran My Agency, a modern integrated strategic creative agency working across global, international and domestic assignments. My Agency developed a particular expertise in working directly with entrepreneurs helping them launch and scale their brands and businesses.

Jo Baker

Joanne Baker

Finance Director

As a member of the Leadership Team, Joanne works alongside business unit heads and the Chief Financial Officer to provide finance-led perspective, contribution and challenge on new business opportunities, improving the effectiveness and returns from established activities, and on future business strategy.

Joanne joined Newable in 2000 as Management Accountant, having qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant. She has extensive knowledge of Newable having worked with business unit heads in most areas of Newable, becoming Finance Director for Trade and Business Loans in 2013

Azim Hosein

Azim Hosein

Head of Corporate Development

Azim supports the growth of Newable's core business lines with a particular focus on debt offerings, development capital investments and international trade initiatives. He joined from the Centrica Energy M&A team and obtained his ACA at Deloitte before specialising in corporate finance and becoming a CFA charterholder.

He has significant corporate development experience having worked on numerous M&A projects across a range of sectors including energy and consumer products.

Mashudul Karim

Mashudul Karim

Chief Information Officer

Mashudul provides strategic leadership, advice and support on information technology matters and has overall responsibility for Newable Digital, which delivers a comprehensive range of technology products and services direct to clients.

Mashudul joined Newable in 2005 and previously worked for University College London at the Royal Free Hospital and for Astron Group, Europe’s leading provider of business process outsourcing solutions, which is now part of RR Donnelley.

Ketevan Moseshvili

Ketevan Moseshvili

Managing Director, Trade and Innovation

Ketevan Moseshvili has 15 years of experience helping businesses internationalise and has strong expertise in winning, developing and delivering large projects in enterprise development.

As MD of Newable International Trade Services, Ketty ensures Newable's 170-strong team of expert advisers and support staff help 9,000 UK businesses a year thrive and grow through international export and innovation, working with key partners such as DIT, Innovate UK and Enterprise Europe Network. Her remit includes the Innovation team and the Trade teams for London and the South East. A trained chemical engineer, Ketty's commercial experience includes establishing and running large successful FMCG sales teams across the Baltics before working for DIT.

Phil Reynolds

Phil Reynolds

Managing Director, Lending

As Managing Director of Newable Lending, Philip is responsible for building and growing the Group’s lending businesses as well as its portfolio of Business Exchanges. He joined Newable in 2017 having previously worked at Travelex, Barclays and L.E.K. Consulting.

Chris Rushton

Chris Rushton

Managing Director, Property

As Managing Director of Newable Properties, Chris is responsible for the Group’s property strategy including its development programme and investment portfolio. He joined Newable Group in 1997 having previously worked in both private and public sector organisations, including Eagle Star Properties.

Chris has a strong background in commercial property development, property asset management and regeneration, and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Cllr Guy Nicholson

Cllr Guy Nicholson

Chairman of the Newable board since April 2012 and appointed as a local authority non-executive Director in November 2009. Guy has 20 years’ experience as a Councillor in the London Borough of Hackney where he is the cabinet member for urban, economic and cultural Regeneration; prior to this he worked in the UK Theatre industry for over 15 years.

Guy also has extensive experience as a non-executive Director in the commercial, public and third sectors in the fields of economic development, urban regeneration, public policy and the Arts. Guy has worked on a broad range of regeneration and socio-economic initiatives across Hackney, the Thames Gateway, the City Fringe and the London Stansted growth corridors and of course, the London 2012 project and its Legacy. He also has a number of other roles which include being the lead member for the European Social Fund programme in London, a board member of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and a regional Council member for the Arts Council London.

Peter Collis CB Hon RICS FRSA

Peter Collis CB Hon RICS FRSA

Appointed in September 2012, Peter enjoyed a 35 year career in the Civil Service. Peter worked initially for the Departments of Industry, Trade and Transport; was seconded to the National Enterprise Board and to Balfour Beatty; and was successively a Director of DVLA, the Highways Agency, the Employment Service and Land Registry, where he was Chief Land Registrar and Chief Executive for over 10 years.

Peter is the Deputy Chair and Lay Member for Governance of Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, and chairs the Audit Committee there. He has served as a Member of the Governing Council of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, where he chaired the Remuneration Committee, and as a Director of Swansea Bay Futures. He continues to work for Civil Service Learning/Capita as a speaker and coach, and has a number of voluntary roles.

Cllr Jack Hopkins

Cllr Jack Hopkins

Cllr Jack Hopkins oversees some huge regeneration projects in Waterloo and Vauxhall as well as London's best planning department for both small and large development.

Jack worked in local government partnerships for a number of years prior to this and brings together a number of different sectors for greater impact for business and communities.

Angus MacLennan

Angus MacLennan

Angus has close to 40 years’ experience in international banking in the UK and overseas, holding senior positions at Fortis Bank and Danske Bank.

He is highly experienced in managing diverse people, skills and cultures, and unifying them behind a firm’s mission and vision.

He also has a clear understanding of managing financial institutions assets and liabilities, and navigating the regulatory environment in which financial institutions operate.

Angus is an experienced non-executive director, including active participation in board committees such as Audit, Risk, and Remuneration and is a past Master of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Vanessa Sharp

Vanessa Sharp

Appointed in 2018, Vanessa is a Solicitor with 30 years’ experience in private practice and in industry. She was the General Counsel for KPMG in the UK and Europe. Vanessa has extensive experience in regulated professional services businesses, advising on practical solutions to risk and governance issues, including many with cross-border elements.

Vanessa holds a number of non-executive directorships in the private, public and third sectors and continues to act on a consultancy basis on risk and governance issues.

Anne Watts CBE

Anne Watts CBE

Anne was appointed in July 2000. Her extensive career in equality and diversity spans the private, voluntary and public sectors. Anne has just completed an eight year term for the Open University Council as Chair of their Membership Committee.

She is presently working on the development of the Commission on Equality and Human Rights and supporting Sir Nigel Crisp at the NHS on his Independent Panel on Race.

Anne has been pioneering in her work with major business equality campaigns and is currently on the board of Race for Opportunity and Opportunity Now, a director of the Experience Corps and is Chief Executive of the Eve Appeal.