People and governance
Lending Works' biggest strength is its team. Everything we do is researched, designed and implemented by one of our talented colleagues, therefore we place a significant emphasis on finding people with the right skills, values and experiences to support the business. It is also our people that drive our governance, including performing effective risk management and ensuring our business is robust and resilient.
Board of directors
The board of directors is responsible for overall governance of the company. Many of the board members are FCA approved persons, as is a requirement for them to fulfil their role at Lending Works.
- Simon WaughChairman and board member
Simon's extensive experience in executive and non-executive roles at firms such as British Gas, The AA, Goldfish, Saga, CMC Markets and others, gives him the skills required to assist the executives in achieving Lending Works' objectives, and to Chair the company’s Board of directors. Like Nick and Matt, Simon is passionate about customers and Lending Works' values.Simon is Chairman of Lending Works, a Board member of Lending Works Trustee and a member of the risk and audit committee.
- Nick HardingCo-founder and Chief Executive Officer
After studying Computer Science at university then joining NatWest, Nick was well placed to see the potential of applying a modern, technology-led and customer focussed approach to financial services. Nick is fanatical about customer experience and achieving Lending Works' vision.Nick is Group CEO, a Board member of Lending Works, Lending Works Capital and Lending Works Trustee, and a member of the credit risk committee, risk committee and risk and audit committee.
- Matthew PowellCo-founder and Chief Financial Officer
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at EY, Matthew spent almost a decade working with clients across a range of sectors, including FTSE 100s and multinationals, before co-founding Lending Works.Matthew is Group CFO, a Board member of Lending Works, Lending Works Capital and Lending Works Trustee, and a member of the credit risk committee, risk committee and risk and audit committee.
- Ines MaiaChief Risk Officer
As Chief Risk Officer, Ines leads the development and implementation of our risk management approach alongside with first line credit and fraud risk responsibilities. Ines has more than 10 years of international experience specialising in portfolio credit risk, decisioning and analytics across unsecured retail products. Ines joined Lending Works from TSB, where she was Senior Portfolio Manager for Personal Loans, having previously spent a number of years working within financial services with Deloitte.Ines is Group CRO a Board member of Lending Works Trustee and a member of the credit risk committee, risk committee and risk and audit committee.
- Jonathan KramerChief Operating Officer
Jonathan spent the first 15 years of his career in investment banking before joining the world of fintech at Zopa, where he established their capital markets business and latterly served as President. Jonathan’s responsibilities at Lending Works include people strategy and institutional lending, and he is passionate about building great teams that achieve outsized results.Jonathan is Group COO, and Managing Director and member of the Board of Lending Works Capital.
- Andrew DomanBoard member
Andrew is an experienced non-executive director who has held Chairman, CEO or Board member roles at Castle Trust, Target Group, OneSavings Bank, Premium Credit and Russell Investments. Prior to these roles, Andrew spent 22 years at McKinsey & Co, where his clients included a number of leading UK and European financial services companies. He has degrees in Medicine & Surgery and Economics, and also holds an MBA.Andrew is Chairman of Lending Works Capital.
Senior leadership team
As well as Nicholas Harding (CEO) and Matthew Powell (CFO), the following team members make up Lending Works' senior leadership team. This team is responsible for the day to day running of the company, as well as being members of different committees within the firm's governance framework.
- Felipe FarfanChief Technology Officer
Felipe has almost two decades of experience in technology and development roles across North America, South America and Europe within sectors such as Finance, Gaming, Marketing, Media and TV. Felipe holds a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad de San Buenaventura, Colombia, and is passionate about the application of technology to financial services.Felipe is CTO and a member of the risk committee.
- Rajiv PuriHead of Compliance and General Counsel
After qualifying as a solicitor in 2008, Rajiv spent a number of years as legal, regulatory and compliance counsel with a range of financial services institutions including American Express and Vanquis Bank before joining Lending Works in 2016. Rajiv helps to ensure that we comply with our legal and regulatory requirements and protect our customers.Rajiv is Head of Compliance & General Counsel and a member of the risk committee.
- Richard LitchfieldHead of Operations and People
Richard is responsible for Operations at Lending Works, which includes Customer Experience, Loan Underwriting, Quality and Collections. Prior to joining Lending Works, Richard worked for Nationwide in senior operational roles focusing on service improvement, underwriting and fraud.Richard is Head of Operations and People and a member of both the credit risk committee and the risk committee.
- William RistHead of Personal LoansWilliam has over a decade’s experience in banking, having started his career with Barclays where he held several leadership positions in their consumer banking division. William joined Lending Works in 2016 and now leads the Personal Loans function.
Lending Works' governance framework pursues the effective control of the risk profile within the risk appetite approved by the Board while enabling fast, efficient decision making with a minimum of bureaucracy and waste.
The Board meets every month to review performance, strategy, risk and governance while delegates authority to four committees: