our team

Driven by a responsibility to our clients

Meet the team

Ian Cunningham

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

  • Founded Affiniti Finance in 2014
  • Extensive experience across the financial services sector
  • Over 10 years experience in Legal Funding

  • Nick Shapland

    DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

  • Founded Affiniti Finance in 2014
  • Qualified Financial Services Executive with a 20 year track record

  • Joanna Burgess

    DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY & OPERATIONS

  • Over 10 years experience at the UK’s largest Insurer and Insurance Broker
  • Responsible for the operational oversight, governance and strategic planning for the company

  • Grant Cumbley

    HEAD OF PRICING & RISK

  • 20 years’ experience in the legal, ATE and cost sectors
  • Responsible for the pricing, risk analysis and underwriting of new cases across Affiniti’s product divisions

  • Adel Belton

    HEAD OF COMPLIANCE

  • Over 20 years’ experience in the Consumer Credit and Financial Services industry
  • Responsible for implementing and overseeing controls in relation to compliance with regulatory requirements

  • Client Support & Service teams

    Robin Wright

    INTERIM HEAD OF CONSUMER

  • Qualified Chartered Accountant with 9 years experience in the financial services sector
  • Responsible for the management and day to day running of the Consumer lending team

  • Jamie Goodall

    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

  • Cemap qualified with over 20 years experience in the financial services industry, predominantly mortgages and insurance
  • Building new relationships with Law Firms, strengthening existing relationships with our panel firms and facilitating the funding of AFL's current and pipeline product range

  • Andrea Billington

    CLIENT SUPPORT EXECUTIVE

  • Supporting clients and their legal representatives through the application and life cycle of their loans
  • Over 20 years’ experience in the legal sector

  • Leon Woosnam

    CLIENT SUPPORT EXECUTIVE

  • Supporting clients and their legal representatives through the application and life cycle of their loans
  • Over 13 years’ experience at 2 of the largest UK banks for Commercial and Personal Banking

  • Colette Owens

    CLIENT SUPPORT EXECUTIVE

  • Supporting clients and their legal representatives through the application and life cycle of their loans
  • Over 30 years in customer facing Banking. Fully CeMap qualified Mortgage & Life Insurance Adviser

  • Amy Bithell

    LEGAL FINANCE PARALEGAL

  • Supporting clients and their legal representatives through the application and life cycle of their loans
  • Graduated with a First in Law in 2021

  • Andrea Billington

    CLIENT SUPPORT EXECUTIVE

  • Supporting clients and their legal representatives through the application and life cycle of their loans
  • Over 20 years’ experience in the legal sector

  • Sarah Corrigan

    SENIOR AUDITOR

  • Qualified solicitor with over 15 years litigation experience
  • Oversaw the regional litigation function for one of the UK’s leading providers of legal and insurance services

  • Law Firm Audit team

    Elenid Bancroft

    AUDIT MANAGER

  • Experienced lawyer and litigation team manager with over 25 years claims handling experience
  • Qualified ISO Lead Auditor and Lexcel Assessor experienced in the legal audit environment

  • Fahmida Mustafa

    JUNIOR AUDITOR

  • Supports the ongoing oversight and management of Law Firm audits and case monitoring
  • Master of Laws and LPC graduate

  • Commercial Investments team

    Nick Pontt

    MANAGING DIRECTOR / HEAD OF COMMERCIAL

  • Solicitor, qualified in Australia, England and Wales, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration
  • Extensive experience in advising clients in a wide range of high-profile International contentious matters

  • Nick Sulman

    INVESTMENT MANAGER

  • Solicitor, qualified in Australia, England and Wales, with extensive financial services and commercial litigation and arbitration experience
  • Has acted for a broad range of individuals, companies and insolvency and financial services professionals, often cross-borders

  • Dave Drew

    INVESTMENT MANAGER

  • Qualified solicitor specialising in commercial litigation and cross-border investigations
  • Extensive experience in government and legislative affairs having worked for both the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Shadow Attorney General

  • Finance team

    Michael Kelleher

    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

  • Trained and qualified as certified accountant with Grant Thornton in Ireland
  • Over 7 years experience in leading finance, credit, risk and compliance teams across FCA regulated businesses

  • Gary Griffiths

    SENIOR FINANCE MANAGER

  • Qualified for over 30 years with 2 years in Financial sector
  • Previous experience within Manufacturing as both a Finance Director and Owner

  • Tomasz Wasik

    FINANCE ASSISTANT

  • Graduated from university with a bachelor's degree in Accounting
  • Over 5 years experience in the financial sector

  • Advisors

    Professor Dominic Regan

    SPECIAL ADVISOR TO AFFINITI FINANCE

  • Leading UK speaker on costs & dispute resolution
  • Advised the House of Commons on cost issues

  • Affiniti Finance team

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