Meet the team

Our most important investment is our people – the staff we choose and the customers we attract. They all make Swoop, well… Swoop

Not surprisingly, there’s a genuinely entrepreneurial vibe within our team.

We’re working hard to reinvent the way businesses experience finance – we’re simplifying the complexities, ensuring transparency, eliminating inconvenience and empowering our customers to easily make money decisions every day.

When we say ‘team’ we mean our customers too. Like us, they are risk-takers, everyday entrepreneurs who believe in making a difference. They, too, contribute to our vibe.

When they flourish, we celebrate. When our customers invest in more jobs, sponsor the local sports club, export for the first time or invest in new facilities, it makes us happy.

It’s especially rewarding when we see our work help businesses survive shock events like Covid-19 – we find them the finance they need, when they need it.

Careers

We’re hiring!

HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter

The UK government’s Women in Finance Charter commits financial services firms to support women’s progression into senior roles. Swoop is proud to be signatory to the charter.

As of 5th October 2020, Swoop has 42% female representation in senior management. Our target is to reach 50% by the end of March 2022. Whilst Swoop is proud to already sit at 42%, we believe that 50% should be the ambition.

Swoop has growth plans over the next 18 months and we are committed that retaining and increasing diversity (inc. gender) at senior management level is one factor which is a key to success.

Swoop will continue to bake-in inclusivity to our organisation so that we continue to attract, and retain, a talented workforce. Direct interventions include a member of the senior management team having responsibility for D&I oversight, requirement for gender and name blind applications and the linking of diversity targets to senior management
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Andrea Reynolds

Andrea Reynolds

CEO & Founder

Before launching Swoop, Andrea started as an accountant with KPMG. Her career evolved with a focus on raising funds for small businesses. Andrea is a non-executive director for Berkshire Hathaway European Insurance.

Ciaran Burke

Ciaran Burke

COO & Co-Founder

Ciaran is the technology and operations force behind Swoop. He began his career at KPMG and went on to start the professional creative network Hiive, now home to over 150,000 members and 4,000 businesses.

Charlotte Forsberg

Charlotte Forsberg

Head of Marketing

Starting her career with Diageo, Charlotte went on to run one of the UK’s leading marketing & comms agencies advising and influencing a world-class customer base ranging from multinationals through to SMEs and local startups.

Conor Vallely

Conor Vallely

Head of Swoop Ireland

Conor heads up Swoop’s business operations in Ireland. He has deep specialist knowledge in working capital and growth financial solutions. Having worked in Hedge Funds, the US VC world, and a high growth alternative lender, Conor guides Swoop’s customers to the right funding solutions.

Daire Burke

Daire Burke

Head of Canada

Daire is responsible for managing the finance function at Swoop and supporting the growth initiatives of the company. He began his career at Deloitte Consulting in Ireland before moving to the US. During this time he worked with multinational clients across a range of sectors with a focus on finance transformation. Daire is a Business & Law Graduate of University College Dublin and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Didi Wang

Didi Wang

Legal Advisor

As Swoop’s inhouse legal resource, Didi provides legal support to all areas of the business based on her 20 years’ experience in general corporate, commercial and financial laws.

Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Executive Director, Australia

Tim heads up Swoop’s business operations in Australia. An experienced Executive Director with a lifetime of expertise growing businesses within the Financial Services sector, Tim brings local knowledge, contacts and a wealth of experience.

Zheng Hu

Zheng Hu

Information Security & Compliance Manager

Zheng has over five years’ experience in Ernst&Young and Deloitte providing risk advisory service to financial service institution. Prior to joining the Swoop team in London, he was part of the leading fintech platform in China connecting underserved individual borrowers with financial institution.

Sam Horner

Sam Horner

Head of Advisor Channel

Sam heads up Swoop’s Advisor channel. He works closely with our accounting partners. He has 20 years of experience within the professional services industry spanning across Banking and Legal. For the last 7 years, Sam has been focusing on Accountants including UK’s Top 100 firms and global networks.

Scott Weddle

Scott Weddle

Head of Commercial Operations, Australia

Scott has joined Swoop as the new funding manager based in Sydney. He has over 13 years’ experience in financial services working for HSBC in the UK for 11 years doing a variety of roles namely as a residential mortgage advisor and commercial relationship manager. Before joining Swoop, Scott was doing contract work for Rabobank and Westpac in financial crime analyst type roles in Sydney.

Andrew Moon

Andrew Moon

Senior Relationship Manager

Andrew has over twenty years’ experience working within management consultancy and advising SMEs about finance and funding options. He is a sought after industry expert and heads up the Swoop accountancy division.

Conor Vallely

Conor Vallely

Head of Swoop Ireland

Conor heads up Swoop’s business operations in Ireland. He has deep specialist knowledge in working capital and growth financial solutions. Having worked in Hedge Funds, the US VC world, and a high growth alternative lender, Conor guides Swoop’s customers to the right funding solutions.

David Rodriguez Campo

David Rodriguez Campo

Senior Funding Manager

After recently graduating from the University of Bristol, David has joined the Swoop Customer Success team in our London office. As Senior Funding Manager, David specialises in identifying and understanding our customers’ financial needs by finding them the right funding solution.

Sebastian Jowett

Sebastian Jowett

Senior Funding Manager

As Senior Funding Manager, Seb works within the Swoop sales team based in London. His key focus is ensuring our customers are successfully matched with the right funding options, and to nurture long term relationships with them.

Tom Butterworth

Tom Butterworth

Equity Account Manager

As an Equity Account Manager at Swoop, Tom works within the London team and helps find funding solutions for start-ups. Tom has previous experience in Account Management and is passionate about helping Swoop’s customers achieve their goals.

Neil Murray

Neil Murray

Business Development Executive

Neil is a recent Law graduate from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has joined the Swoop team in Dublin with a background in customer facing roles. Neil’s role as Business Development Executive, is to generate new business opportunities for Swoop and attract new customers.

Scott Weddle

Scott Weddle

Head of Commercial Operations, Australia

Scott has joined Swoop as the new funding manager based in Sydney. He has over 13 years’ experience in financial services working for HSBC in the UK for 11 years doing a variety of roles namely as a residential mortgage advisor and commercial relationship manager. Before joining Swoop, Scott was doing contract work for Rabobank and Westpac in financial crime analyst type roles in Sydney.

Shane Sexton

Shane Sexton

Business Development Executive

Shane has over 3 years’ experience working in the financial and tech industry. He studied Business and Management at Dublin Institute of Technology, and is experienced in speaking with SMEs, understanding their financial requirements and finding financial solutions for businesses. Shane’s role as Business Development Executive, is to generate new business opportunities for Swoop and attract new customers.

Bobby Gleeson

Bobby Gleeson

Equity Funding Manager

Bobby studied Economics in Dublin (UCD) and did a Master’s in Business Management in Bristol (UOB). Since graduating he has done a few internships. He has worked as an analyst in a property firm in Poland, then in fund management at Davy and as a business strategy analyst at Occupop, both in Dublin. At Swoop, Bobby is working on the equity team helping startups and SMEs get equity funding, as well as helping on the sales team.

Kerry Dwyer

Kerry Dwyer

Equity Manager

After graduating from Business and Economics in Trinity College Dublin, Kerry worked in client facing financial planning and investment roles before joining Swoop as an Equity Account Manager. Kerry is passionate about meeting new businesses and helping them to get funding through equity and grants.

Alice Wong

Alice Wong

Funding Manager

Alice is a junior funding broker at Swoop as well as a student studying Financial Economics and Advanced Science! She is hoping to gain new experiences at Swoop and become a valuable asset to the company.

Jonas Væver Brødbæk

Jonas Væver Brødbæk

Customer Success Executive

Jonas recently graduated from the Business School of Holstebro in Denmark, where he studied finance, business economics, mathematics and more. He is part of the Dublin office, where his primary responsibility is to support customers and make sure they’re successful with their applications.

Jeppe Emil Frandsen

Jeppe Emil Frandsen

Junior Funding Manager

Jeppe recently graduated from the Campus Vejle business school in Denmark, where he studied finance, innovation, international economics and more. Jeppe has joined the UK sales team. As Junior Funding Manager, Jeppe’s key focus is ensuring our customers are successfully matched with the right funding options and supporting the sales team with different tasks.

Thomas Dalsgaard Jensen

Thomas Dalsgaard Jensen

Customer Success Executive

Upon graduation from the Business School of Hjørring in Denmark, where he studied business economics and mathematics, Thomas joined the Irish team on which his primary responsibility is to ensure that the customers get through the funding process as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Daniel Zhelyazkov

Daniel Zhelyazkov

Junior Funding Manager

As a junior funding manager at Swoop, Daniel works within the London sales team. Daniel’s key focus is helping our customers find the right funding solution for their needs and supporting the sales team.

Stuart Pawelczyk

Stuart Pawelczyk

Head of Commercial Mortgages

With over 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Stuart has worked for global banks, niche property-based lenders and commercial finance houses that operate throughout the UK. He uses the experience he has gained across these roles to add value to his clients and their debt funding proposals. Stuart specialises in funding property backed trading businesses and property portfolio lending. His experience in the care market sees him working with repeat clients on a regular basis thanks to his professional approach to raising market leading finance terms.

Vladan Erkic

Vladan Erkic

Senior Sales Manager

Vladan is a sales and finance professional with over a decade of experience in the Canadian banking industry with over $100M+ in credit funded. He is responsible for managing sales operations in Canada and has previously worked for TD Bank and HSBC Bank Canada in their Commercial Banking division. While he is not working, he enjoys spending most of his time with his family and close friends. Whether it be on the beach, in the mountains skiing or biking, his favourite thing to do is just to be outdoors.

Tom Hawley

Tom Hawley

Funding Manager

Following graduation from the University of Sheffield, Tom has had experience in the banking industry at both a high street bank and commercial finance brokerage. At Swoop, Tom works alongside businesses to understand their finance requirements and provides bespoke funding solutions to aid their goals for the future.

Tanya Mayers

Tanya Mayers

Funding Manager

Tanya is an experienced finance consultant and account funding manager. She loves to build relationships with clients, learning the business development plans and projects to best assess how we can assist. In her spare time, she likes to do beauty and nail enhancements.

Eddie Curphey

Eddie Curphey

Sales Development Representative

After graduating from Lancaster University, Eddie spent 2 years in market research answering clients’ key business questions. He now works closely with accountants to ensure they receive maximum value from the Swoop platform and funding team.

Chris Richards

Chris Richards

Commercial Finance Manager

A highly experienced relationship led finance professional within the commercial banking sector, Chris has spent over 18 years working for high street commercial banks in various business development and relationship management roles, always partnering with SMEs and property professionals to achieve both their financial and non financial objectives. With extensive experience in structuring acquisition finance, working capital solutions and real estate debt facilities, Chris is a real expert in his market when it comes to arranging and structuring finance applications for SMEs and corporate clients in the manufacturing, real estate, leisure & hospitality and healthcare sectors.

Ed Brown

Ed Brown

Commercial Finance Manager

A professional in the financial services sector, Ed has over 20 years’ experience in the secured debt and mortgage market. Ed has worked exclusively as a commercial finance broker since 2018, using his broad range of experience, knowledge and skills to help and support all types of clients. His calm and methodical approach is a real asset to borrowers who need to access and navigate the increasingly complex commercial mortgage market. He embraces the role technology plays in the debt market and is focused on combining the power of the Swoop platform to benefit clients and introducers alike. Ed can work with any SME or property professional to provide market leading debt finance solutions, from first time buyers to experienced regional operators.

Ann Marie Swift

Ann Marie Swift

Commercial Finance Manager

A Chartered Banker, Ann Marie has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector and has spent the last 20 years in a senior relationship management role with a high street bank’s corporate and commercial finance team. This saw her working with a wide range of SMEs from manufacturers to tech-based businesses. Ann Marie uses her knowledge and experience to expertly support SMEs all the way through the process of financing a business or property with a range of flexible funding options. Her professional and ‘can do’ approach establishes strong relationships with clients who trust her to deliver the most competitive finance solutions from the debt market.

Tom Floodgate

Tom Floodgate

Funding Manager

Tom started his career in finance 5 years ago in a telesales role and worked his way up to Business Development Manager. He specialises in asset finance and has arranged all forms of funding from hp and leasing to vat and tax funding. He prides himself on customer retention by offering the best possible service through efficiency and his vast industry knowledge. He joined Swoop in early 2022 to help grow the asset finance offering.

Myron Klymyszyn

Myron Klymyszyn

Commercial Finance Manager

Myron is a banking professional having spent 16 years working with SMEs in the commercial finance sector with debt requirements of £1m- £15m. His experience and expertise spans various sectors including hotels, healthcare, construction, real estate and manufacturing businesses, helping them to achieve their ambitions and growth plans. With knowledge of arranging lending facilities secured against property, as well as unsecured lending for working capital facilities, growth funding and trade finance. He first understands the borrowers needs and provides them with the right solutions to achieve their financial and non-financial objectives. Myron is passionate about providing a first-class service and guiding his clients through a competitive and complex lending market.

Charlotte Forsberg

Charlotte Forsberg

Head of Marketing

Starting her career with Diageo, Charlotte went on to run one of the UK’s leading marketing & comms agencies advising and influencing a world-class customer base ranging from multinationals through to SMEs and local startups.

Maja Skouboe

Maja Skouboe

Marketing Coordinator

Maja is a part of the Swoop team in Dublin. She recently graduated from a business school in Esbjerg, Denmark, where she studied marketing, business economics and innovation. Maja works closely with the Partnership Marketing Manager and supports the marketing team with different tasks.

Jimmy Rippon

Jimmy Rippon

SEO & Organic Growth Lead

Jimmy has joined Swoop from a consulting role working closely with the marketing teams at Volkswagen’s head office. Prior to this he earned his marketing stripes in a number of startups in Germany, Australia, and the UK. Jimmy has a Bachelor in Marketing & International Business from SCU in Australia, where he continues to be active in the Bright Futures alumni programme, guiding students on their first steps into the marketing world.

Fábio Calheiros

Fábio Calheiros

Product Designer

Fábio graduated in Graphic Design and is focused on ensuring an excellent UX/UI experience. He has over 15 years of experience in web development, working for companies such as General Motors, AngloGold Ashanti. He has a passion for technology, design, art, javascript and photography.

Ayesha Khan

Ayesha Khan

Marketing Manager Australia

Ayesha has joined Swoop Australia as the Marketing Manager. Ayesha brings over 14 years of experience in marketing across multiple industries including hospitality, recruitment and non profit. Her specialisations include campaign and strategic management, brand development and digital marketing.

Ian Hawkins

Ian Hawkins

News & Investigations Editor

Ian Hawkins has made films for BBC World, CNN and Handelsblatt. His career started as a comedy writer for BBC and Channel 4, before shifting into telling stories for businesses in events and digital media.

Oliver Enevoldsen

Oliver Enevoldsen

Marketing Executive

Oliver recently graduated from the business school in his hometown of Esbjerg, Denmark, where he studied marketing, international economics and business economics. He works at the Dublin office and helps the marketing team with a variety of tasks.

Jessie Keane

Jessie Keane

Partnership Manager

After graduating with a Law and Business degree from Trinity College Dublin, Jessie held project management and business analyst roles in the energy sector before joining Swoop as Partnership Manager. Jessie is passionate about building meaningful relationships with Swoop’s partners.

Orla Eastwood

Orla Eastwood

Strategic Partnership Manager

Orla gained invaluable insight into the SME banking market working on the Business Banking Switch project with RBS. She works with Swoop’s Strategic Partners on collaborations that will help SMEs find the money and services that they need.

Neil Dillon

Neil Dillon

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Neil is passionate about helping founders access funding to build their startups. He has 5 years experience in commercial operations at Betfair and has an MBA from London Business School. Neil is responsible for finding start-up funding for Swoop clients and building out our venture capital network.

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor

Strategic Partnerships Assistant

Laura plays a vital role in partnership success with our strategic partners, such as The British Chamber of Commerce and ICAEW. She coordinates the work between our partners and Swoop’s internal teams to create initiatives that will allow more UK SMEs to access the funding and savings they need.

Georgia Foxell

Georgia Foxell

Partnerships Administrator

Georgia has recently joined the partnerships team as Partnerships Administrator. Her role consists of assisting the team with reporting and she plays a vital part in the on-boarding of new partners and day-to-day maintenance of Swoop’s extensive Grant offering.

Nanna Strøm Pedersen

Nanna Strøm Pedersen

Strategic Partnerships Executive

Nanna is a part of the Swoop team in Dublin. She recently graduated from a business school in Skive, Denmark, where she studied marketing, international economics and more. Nanna works closely with the Strategic Partnerships Assistant and supports the partnerships team with different tasks.

Sam Horner

Sam Horner

Head of Advisor Channel

Sam heads up Swoop’s Advisor channel. He works closely with our accounting partners. He has 20 years of experience within the professional services industry spanning across Banking and Legal. For the last 7 years, Sam has been focusing on Accountants including UK’s Top 100 firms and global networks.

Sam Tasker-Grindley

Sam Tasker-Grindley

Head of Advisor Customer Success

Sam is Swoop’s Head of Advisor Customer Success supporting our accountants with every part of their advisory journey. He spent 8 years working in Accountancy Practice before moving into the fintech industry 2 years ago to help accounting firms build their business advisory offering. He is a chartered accountant and also the VP of ICAEW District Society in Yorkshire.

Eoin Joyce

Eoin Joyce

Business Development Manager

Eoin joined Swoop after five years of working in wealth management at a Dublin based Stockbroking firm. He had previously graduated from University College Dublin where he studied Economics and Finance while also representing the College at Rugby during his time there. Eoin’s role as business development manager will see him working throughout a range of areas in Swoop such as Partnerships and Compliance.

Karim Sheikh

Karim Sheikh

Tech Lead

Karim is a product engineer with vast experience in building applications for small to large enterprises including Credit Suisse, Cognizant.

Wayde Lyle

Wayde Lyle

Frontend Engineer

Wayde has 6 years’ experience as a developer and is specialising in frontend development with Javascript. At Swoop he hopes to expand his knowledge and bring complex user interfaces and front ends to life.

Jonathan Marsh

Jonathan Marsh

Senior Backend Engineer

Jonathan has over ten years’ experience in software engineering, delivering solutions for a variety of organisations primarily in the financial sector. He is an advocate of Test-driven Development and using the most appropriate technologies for the task at hand.

Sacha De Vaux Rice

Sacha De Vaux Rice

Senior Backend Engineer

Sacha joins Swoop having spent 15+ years as a Technical/Solutions Architect, Software Engineer and Developer in the Offshore Banking, Pensions, Insurance, Renewables and Fitness sectors. He has designed and built systems for a number of AAA banks and lenders in the UK, Isle of Man and Israel. Sacha is a proponent of Secure by design and Data protection by design and default and focuses on building highly secure, standards compliant systems.

Nicolas Grandchamp

Nicolas Grandchamp

Senior Backend Engineer

Nicolas is a software developer since 13 years old focused mainly in VB/C# and Microsoft related products. He loves new technologies and architectural discussions. Outside work he enjoys home automation and riding motorbikes.

Pelin Diskan

Pelin Diskan

Frontend Engineer

Pelin has joined Swoop as a frontend developer enthusiastic about creating beautifully designed, fully functional web applications.

Muhsin Meydan

Muhsin Meydan

Senior Backend Engineer

Self-starter, a dedicated and creative engineer with a proven track record in solution design and implementation for agency, fintech and media companies. He has a passion for .Net and Azure cloud technologies. He enjoys working in his small but dedicated technical team of great people at Swoop. He has had an interest in computers since he was 8 when he played his first game called ‘River Raid’.

Everton Calgarotto

Everton Calgarotto

Engineering Lead

He brings to Swoop the experience of having worked in great companies with teams spread around the globe, architecting, developing and restructuring applications to meet higher standards and take advantage of what the latest technologies can give us. Everton believes that having hands-on experience in all phases of a project throughout the years takes us to another level of excellence and prepares us for anything!

Sam Robertson

Sam Robertson

Product Manager

Sam joined Swoop’s product team after graduating with an Honours degree in Economics with Finance. After graduation, and before joining Swoop, he toured the east coast of America as a hockey coach.

Magnus Dalgas

Magnus Dalgas

Junior Product Manager

Magnus is a part of the Swoop product team. He works with the product managers by providing valuable research and assistance. Before joining swoop, he studied innovation and business economics at a Danish business school.

Rafi Neumann

Rafi Neumann

Chief Product Officer

Rafi has worked in product for over 18 years within startups and global organisations. Before joining Swoop he spent 7 years at the Moneysupermarket Group, leading product across all of their brands such as Moneysupermarket, Moneysavingexpert and Travelsupermarket as well as the group personalisation strategy.

Darren Williams

Darren Williams

Head of Design

Darren has over 18 years experience creating usable, pleasurable and meaningful digital products. Prior to joining Swoop, Darren was Head of User Experience across all insurance, money and home services products at Moneysupermarket Group

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