Meet the team
Peter Mullin Founder and CEO of Leaseguard, Peter has overseen the company's transformation. 25 years ago Leaseguard started life as leasing consultants. Today, with 50 staff and growing fast, we help our clients generate savings in a whole variety of ways. A keen and (very) competitive sportsman, Peter recently cycled from over 2,000KM from Rome to Santander, and still insists he is selected up-front for the Leaseguard football team.
Jon Wickens Our Operations Director, Jon is responsible for service delivery across all our divisions. Having been with the company for more than 15 years, and worked across all of our services, he is perfectly positioned to do this. We asked Jon about hobbies but, with two young boys, Jon has his hands full!
Erin Elsmore Wickens As our Director of Finance and HR, no two days are the same for Erin. As one of our longest standing members of staff, Erin's wealth of experience ensures both our finances and our team are well looked after. Never far from her HP12C or the employee handbook, Erin is kept very busy. Life at home is no different with two active young sons. When Erin does find a spare moment she can be found running or keeping fit.
Simon Hooper Our IT Director, Simon and his team of 7 are responsible for developing and supporting our OPTIMiSe systems, used both to support our clients and to manage our entire business. No pressure there then, Simon! Having spent some of his early career working in Japan, Simon is an avowed Japanophile. Thankfully, however, we are yet to see his kimono.
Neil Marriott Neil is our Director of Financial Services and has responsibility for ensuring we deliver an excellent leasing service to our clients. Outside of work, Neil works as a taxi service for his teenage children. But when he does have spare time, he enjoys keeping active by playing five-a-side football, squash and walking in the Oxfordshire countryside. Neil's also an Oxford United supporter, which isn't as relaxing!
Matt Angell Matt followed his wife to Oxfordshire in 2013 and has been working as a Contract Coordinator in our Contract Lifecycle team ever since, renewing contracts on behalf of our clients. Outside work, he has recently signed up for the local cricket team and is a passionate rugby fan. Matt enjoys travelling and is looking for his next adventure, having recently visited Vietnam and Cambodia.
Andy Armstrong Andy is a Contract Coordinator in our Contract Lifecycle team, and his job is to ensure that he gets the best deals for his clients on their maintenance contracts. At home, Andy is kept busy renovating his flat, which he bought due to his dislike of gardening. Let's just hope his choice of colour for the walls isn't the same as the colour of his shirts!
Louisa Babington Smith As one of our Account Managers, Louisa is responsible for looking after our clients and ensuring they get the very best from our service. When Louisa's not at work, she can usually be found walking and socialising with friends, and is soon hoping to be out and about on the Thames in Wallingford, having recently joined the rowing club.
Steph Barton Steph is one of our Account Managers responsible for ensuring that our Trusts receive the very best from us. Having spent over four years as a Contract Coordinator with us she has a wealth of experience in providing the very best service to our customers. Steph is an excellent baker but this hobby has had to take a back seat for a while as Steph is busy training for a half-marathon.
Kate Bennett Kate is one of our Service Delivery Coordinators, providing invaluable support across the business. She enjoys going for long walks with her partner - the Lake District is her favourite place. Spending time with family and travelling are both high on Kate’s list of priorities. She likes to go to a new country every year. She’s also a keen doll’s house renovator. Kate recently completed her Level 3 Health and Safety course, so we’re all in safe hands.
Sara Bowen Sara is one of our Account Managers and works rigorously to ensure that our Trust clients receive the very best service. Sara grew up in Australia where she started her career working for the Australian government. When she's not at work, Sara's a keen photographer which she combines with her other favourite pastimes wherever possible, music and socialising.
Sylwia Bzdak Sylwia is one of our Service Delivery Coordinators and is responsible for supporting our Contract Lifecycle team. Sylwia is very active; the only way to keep her sitting still is either a good book or a film. Sylwia spends a large amount of time in the gym favouring weight lifting as ‘cardio is too boring’! She’s a crazy animal lover having spent over two years working with birds of prey and owls which lead to her meat-free diet. She’s still trying to convert herself to a vegan diet.
Lucy Cordery As Manager of the Contracts Team, Lucy is responsible for overseeing the renewal and management of our clients' contracts. Lucy is in the throes of organising her wedding, which is going to take some time as her fiancé's family is on the large side. When she does have spare time she likes nothing more than spending time with her two gorgeous nephews and beautiful niece.
Catherine Collins With a wealth of experience in contract and procurement management Catherine, as manager of our Service Delivery Support team, is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of our service to clients. When Catherine's not at work she loves cooking to relax and spending time with her family. Catherine also loves reading, but has recently been banned from bringing any more books home by her husband, so has bought a Kindle instead.
Tom Cullen As a Portfolio Manager in our Leasing team, Tom is responsible for supporting customers and procuring leases on their behalf. Outside work, Tom has a keen interest in sports, with a passion for on and off road biking. He enjoys competing in long cycle races for charity, the latest event being the London to Brighton night ride.
Lee Daniels Lee is a Contract Coordinator in our Contract Lifecycle Team, responsible for renewing and managing contracts on behalf of our clients. At home, Lee's two young daughters keep him busy, and he tells us that as they are going through a phase of enjoying dressing up he spends most of his weekends pretending to be a giant or a dinosaur of some kind. When the girls are in bed, Lee's currently working his way through the top 100 films of all time.
Lee Edwards Lee works in our Contract Lifecycle Team, responsible for renewing and managing contracts on behalf of our clients. A doting father, Lee likes nothing more than spending time with his two children (Alfie and Ava). Lee is very creative, and has developed a love of re-finishing old furniture, transforming them into beautiful pieces. Lee also enjoys playing football, swimming and organising charity events with the very little free time available to him.
Angela Fowell Angela is our Business Administration Coordinator, and leads a very busy life working with Marketing, HR and Quality Management. Outside work, Angela can usually be found running around after her young son. When she is not participating in Thomas the Tank Engine activities she enjoys spending time relaxing with her partner.
Russell Fujak Russell works in our IT team as a Web Developer, so his role is vital to the development of our online systems. Previously Russell worked for a company developing online HR solutions. When not staring into his computer screen, Russell can be found out on the football pitch or embracing new music at gigs and festivals.
Michelle Green Michelle is one of our Procurement Managers, responsible for the renewal of some of our clients' higher value contracts. Outside of work, Michelle is busy renovating and extending her house which she recently bought. When she does have time to relax she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and shopping.
Andrew Goldsmith Andrew works in our Service Delivery Support team helping to ensure that our customers receive the highest level of support. Part of Andrew’s role is to produce high-quality reports. With his background as an analyst and skills in Microsoft Office, he is certainly suited to the role. He is also manager of the company football team. Outside work he likes to spend time with his little boy Jake, watching films, playing as superheroes and reading stories.
Julie Hawtin As a Contract Coordinator in our Contract Lifecycle team, Julie is responsible for renewing contracts on time and at the best price possible for our clients. When not at work Julie enjoys socialising and going to see the latest release at the cinema and, having recently tied the knot, is enjoying married life.
Lizzie Hooper As an Account Manager in our Contract Lifecycle team, Lizzie is responsible for ensuring that our Trusts receive the very best from us. Having been promoted from Project Manager Lizzie is perfectly placed to ensure this happens. Outside of the Contract Lifecycle team, Lizzie's main hobby on one hand is retail therapy; in the other is a glass of wine, relaxing with friends.
David Jackson David works in our Service Delivery Support team and is responsible for providing vital support to the business. Outside of work David is kept very busy with his three children, one dog and no social life! His words not ours.
Hayley Johnstone Hayley is one of our Service Delivery Coordinators and is responsible for supporting our Contract Lifecycle team. When Hayley isn't working she enjoys socialising, reading and honing her culinary skills. Hayley managed to indulge her love of travel. After completing her degree in Psychology she travelled extensively around Asia.
Lekka Light Lekka is one of our Senior Procurement Managers as well as the longest standing member of our Procurement team. Lekka has a wealth of Procurement knowledge and experience gained from her years of working in the Procurement team which is put to good use when managing large value tenders and negotiations on behalf of our clients. In her spare time, Lekka likes nothing more than walking, cycling or horse riding in and around the Oxfordshire countryside.
Georgia Matthews Georgia works in our Leasing Team as a Portfolio Manager and is particularly involved with the procurement of new leases on behalf of our clients. In Georgia's spare time she likes nothing more than spending time with her two beautiful nieces or catching up with friends over a glass of wine or two!
Niki Moores Niki is our Finance Manager, responsible for all the company accounts. She is also in charge of managing the needs of the office from stationery to vital pints of milk for the tea break. With three almost grown-up children, Niki is starting to reclaim her social life and now enjoys swimming, cinema trips and playing for a ladies cricket team, which just happens to be linked to the village pub!
Rob New Rob is responsible for OPTIMiSe, our suite of online procurement, compliance and contract management systems. Never happier than when immersed in a project plan, spreadsheet or technical specification, Rob is the very definition of 'organised'. Relaxation for Rob is spending a sunny evening sitting in his cottage garden with a nice glass of wine.
Emma Norton-Smith One of our Senior Procurement Managers, Emma has a solid background in procurement in the public sector. She manages large value tenders on behalf of our clients, working with key stakeholders to ensure that all contracts deliver best value. In her spare time, Emma enjoys nothing better than a day at the races, gin & tonic in hand cheering on a winner.
Brad Oakley Brad is responsible for our IT infrastructure and if anyone knows how to keep the PCs of the technically illiterate working, Brad does! In his spare time Brad, in a galaxy far far away (his workshop), builds life-size, fully automated R2D2 robots. Evidently one 'droid' just isn't enough.
Bhupendra Parmar Bhupendra works in business development, exploring how we can best meet our clients' needs and requirements. And with over 20 years' experience in sales and marketing he is perfectly placed to do so. When he's not at work, Bhupendra enjoys cooking, especially Italian and Thai cuisine, mountain biking, badminton and tennis.
Charlotte Pembroke Charlotte is our Strategic Procurement and Implementation Manager in the Contract Lifecycle team. When Charlotte is not at work she is busy juggling two children’s social life as well trying to fit in time to walk the dog. Charlotte will also bake cakes for any occasion. At the end of the day Charlotte enjoys nothing more than a glass of wine.
Jan Rabusic As a Contract Coordinator in our Contract Lifecycle team, Jan is responsible for renewing contracts, to achieve the very best value for our clients. Outside of work Jan enjoys sports, reading and gardening. Jan has two little daughters with whom he spends the majority of his spare time. Jan has recently ventured into the musical world and is currently learning to play the piano with his oldest daughter.
Deb Ruddy Deb is one of our Service Delivery Coordinators, providing invaluable support to the business. Deb has lived in Oxford for 20 years now and along the way acquired a husband, two cats and a tortoise. She is a member of an enthusiastic, but largely unsuccessful pub quiz team. When not quizzing, Deb can be found DIY'ing and being creative using her trusty sidekick YouTube.
Lesley Saunders One of the Senior Procurement Managers in the Contract Lifecycle team, Lesley loves nothing more than meeting new people and developing her skills. Her energy allows her to combine being a mother of her teenage son with her love of healthy living. Whether it be learning about nutrition, running or attending one of her regular fitness classes, Lesley is always on the go. Lesley once claimed her 15 minutes of fame, when she appeared on the television in an episode of 'To Buy or Not to Buy'.
Marina Savelyeva Marina works in our IT team as a Software Tester and her role is to look after the quality of our online systems. Marina came from Latvia where she worked for a large software development company that provided IT solutions and services to financial institutions. When Marina is at home she loves to spend time with her children, and on the odd occasion she has a spare moment she likes reading and going to concerts and the theatre.
Amy Taylor Amy is one of our Contract Coordinators, responsible for renewing contracts, to achieve the very best value for our clients. Amy is originally from Gateshead, although she dislikes football and Newcastle Brown so believes she isn't a very good Georgie! Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her friends and her cat earning her a reputation amongst her friends as a bit of a 'cat lady'.
Nic Taylor Nic is our Business Development Manager, working with our customers to identify the best solution for their needs. Nic has a wealth of clinical and industry experience having been an acute nurse for 15 years, followed by 10 years in medical, pharmaceutical and NHSSC sales. Happiest during the football season, she’s ever-hopeful that her beloved reds will one day win the Premier League title. Nic often longs for snow so she can wear her favourite shoes – her ski boots.
Lee Tran Lead developer for the OPTIMiSe systems that drive our whole business, Lee is a valued member of the IT team. Since arriving at Leaseguard many years ago, Lee is now married with two young children. And, like many young men thrust into fatherhood, Lee has suddenly developed a passion for golf. Of course we believe him when he insists it's just for the fresh air and not an exercise in escapism.
Judy Watson Judy works in our Service Delivery Support team ensuring our customers receive the highest level of support. When she’s not at work, Judy is busy working towards a BA Hons in Criminology and Law. Everyone deserves some down-time though. When Judy does put down the books she enjoys relaxing with friends and family, watching ‘rubbish’ TV or a Harry Potter film.
Alex Whelpdale As one of our Portfolio Managers in our Leasing team, Alex is responsible for looking after our clients, particularly with the procurement of new leases. When Alex isn't working he enjoys most things sporty and can often be found socialising (unfortunately not as often as he'd like!)
Laura Whelpdale-Edwards One of our longest serving employees, Laura is our Head of Leasing Service Delivery and manages tendering, structuring and administration for our lease management service. Keeping almost 35 retained clients happy with our service takes most of her time but Laura made the smart move and married a chef. So now she doesn't need to worry about shopping - or even being home in time to cook. How the other half live....
Michelle Whittaker Michelle is a Service Delivery Coordinator and is responsible for supporting our Contract Lifecycle team. Outside work Michelle keeps busy with her 2 teenage children and is about to embark upon teaching them both to drive, as a qualified driving instructor, she's hoping this will be reasonably straightforward! Michelle is also a keen motor-sports fan and has volunteered at Silverstone in customer service and trained as a Grandstand Steward for the Formula One and MotoGP, she’s less keen on the uniform however.