Leadership Team

Executive Directors

  • Jeremy Levine
    Jeremy Levine Chief Executive Officer

Jeremy Levine
Chief Executive Officer

Biography

Upon graduating in engineering from the University of Birmingham, Jeremy worked for two and a half years with Baxter Healthcare in product development, sales and marketing. Jeremy then led a small team in a charity fundraising and Guinness Word Record breaking adventure driving a taxi 21,691 miles from London to Cape Town and back. The main sponsor was Lombard Motor Finance.

Jeremy then joined Lombard Motor Finance as a graduate trainee, progressing from Account Executive through Sales Manager and finally Area Manager, responsible for the largest region within the company – 50 members of staff, generating and underwriting £120M+ turnover and £20M+ dealer funding.

Upon being made redundant in November 2002, Jeremy founded Evolution Funding in December 2002 and has loved the journey ever since.

As CEO of the Evolution Funding Group, Jeremy leads strategy, growth, investment and company performance.

  • Lee Streets
    Lee Streets Chief Operating Officer

Lee Streets
Chief Operating Officer

Biography

Founding shareholder and director Lee is responsible for the delivery of our strategic objectives, management of our senior leadership team, compliance and regulatory oversight and the groups focus on technological innovation, process and product design.

Lee graduated from Nottingham Business School with a BA Hons in Financial Services, and joined the motor finance lender Wagon Finance. Wagon was acquired by Abbey National Bank PLC, which then purchased Lombard Motor Finance forming First National Motor Finance.

During his career at First National Lee held various management roles across sales, new business operations and consumer risk management.

Lee also spent time seconded to a business transformation team that reported to the executive board. Working with KPMG, the team looked at business process redesign, using then emerging web technologies. This early insight into digital technology has driven Lee’s passion for leveraging our competitive advantage through the use of technology and process automation.

  • James Card
    James Card Finance Director

    James divides his time between in his own accountancy practice and his role as Financial Director for Evolution Funding, although he has been involved with the accounting and auditing of the business since 2006. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in March 2006 and holds an Audit and Accounts Practicing Certificate. As partner in his own firm, James has experience of audits in many areas of business, including most areas of the motor industry. James is extremely established in handling various corporate finance transactions and brings to the group over ten years of industry experience.

James Card
Finance Director

Biography

James qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2006 and holds an Audit and Accounts Practicing Certificate. He is extremely established in handling various corporate finance transactions and brings to the group over ten years of industry experience.

During his time as partner in his own firm, James was responsible for Evolution Funding’s accounts and auditing for those entire ten years, as well as gaining experience of audits in a diverse range of businesses, including most areas of the motor industry.

Outside of business, James is a racing driver in the BMW Kumho Championship and is the 2015 and 2016 Class A champion.

  • Jeremy Levine
    Jeremy Levine Chief Executive Officer

Jeremy Levine
Chief Executive Officer

Biography

Upon graduating in engineering from the University of Birmingham, Jeremy worked for two and a half years with Baxter Healthcare in product development, sales and marketing. Jeremy then led a small team in a charity fundraising and Guinness Word Record breaking adventure driving a taxi 21,691 miles from London to Cape Town and back. The main sponsor was Lombard Motor Finance.

Jeremy then joined Lombard Motor Finance as a graduate trainee, progressing from Account Executive through Sales Manager and finally Area Manager, responsible for the largest region within the company – 50 members of staff, generating and underwriting £120M+ turnover and £20M+ dealer funding.

Upon being made redundant in November 2002, Jeremy founded Evolution Funding in December 2002 and has loved the journey ever since.

As CEO of the Evolution Funding Group, Jeremy leads strategy, growth, investment and company performance.

  • Lee Streets
    Lee Streets Chief Operating Officer

Lee Streets
Chief Operating Officer

Biography

Founding shareholder and director Lee is responsible for the delivery of our strategic objectives, management of our senior leadership team, compliance and regulatory oversight and the groups focus on technological innovation, process and product design.

Lee graduated from Nottingham Business School with a BA Hons in Financial Services, and joined the motor finance lender Wagon Finance. Wagon was acquired by Abbey National Bank PLC, which then purchased Lombard Motor Finance forming First National Motor Finance.

During his career at First National Lee held various management roles across sales, new business operations and consumer risk management.

Lee also spent time seconded to a business transformation team that reported to the executive board. Working with KPMG, the team looked at business process redesign, using then emerging web technologies. This early insight into digital technology has driven Lee’s passion for leveraging our competitive advantage through the use of technology and process automation.

  • James Card
    James Card Finance Director

    James divides his time between in his own accountancy practice and his role as Financial Director for Evolution Funding, although he has been involved with the accounting and auditing of the business since 2006. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in March 2006 and holds an Audit and Accounts Practicing Certificate. As partner in his own firm, James has experience of audits in many areas of business, including most areas of the motor industry. James is extremely established in handling various corporate finance transactions and brings to the group over ten years of industry experience.

James Card
Finance Director

Biography

James qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2006 and holds an Audit and Accounts Practicing Certificate. He is extremely established in handling various corporate finance transactions and brings to the group over ten years of industry experience.

During his time as partner in his own firm, James was responsible for Evolution Funding’s accounts and auditing for those entire ten years, as well as gaining experience of audits in a diverse range of businesses, including most areas of the motor industry.

Outside of business, James is a racing driver in the BMW Kumho Championship and is the 2015 and 2016 Class A champion.

Evolution Motor Finance

  • Chris Coverdale
    Chris Coverdale Sales Director

Chris Coverdale
Sales Director

Biography

After gaining his degree in English Language and Literature from Newcastle University, Chris started his career in motor finance at Lombard Motor Finance in 1997 as an Account Manager.

In 2000 he moved to First National Motor Finance (FNMF) as their Sales & Development Manager, responsible for identifying internal and external training needs, product development and designing delivery programmes.

His change of role in 2002 to National Account Manager saw him join the team responsible for looking after FNMF’s ‘Top 100’ dealer groups.

Chris joined Evolution in 2003 as Account Manager, moving up to take the role of Sales Director in 2013. Chris is responsible for five Regional Sales Directors and 50+ account managers.

  • Paul Hibbert
    Paul Hibbert Key Accounts

Paul Hibbert
Key Accounts Director

Biography

Paul began his career in the motor finance industry in 1991, spending twelve years with the Bank of Scotland’s Motor Finance Division, where in 2000 he became the youngest Director across the entire group and went on to lead the group’s subprime business, Finax.

Paul joined Evolution Funding in 2012, becoming our Director of Key Accounts and taking responsibility for the strategy, growth and development within the UK’s Top 100 franchised dealer groups.

Since November 2013 the Key Accounts division has seen significant growth, winning some of the UK’s largest top dealer groups and used car supermarkets.

Paul is also responsible for Evolution Extra, our ‘Rate for Risk’ dealer offering. He sits on our Compliance Committee as deputy chair.

  • Alan Smith
    Alan Smith Operations & Projects Director

Alan Smith
Operations & Projects Director

Biography

Alan joined Evolution Funding in February 2015 and has motor trade experience of over 18 years.

His motor finance expertise dates back to 1999 where he was handed his first finance and insurance dedicated role.

After progressing through motor dealership positions Alan held Key Account positions with GE Money and GMAC before joining an AM Top 100 dealer group in a F&I and Sales leadership role.

As Alan has held key positions with main stream funders he brings experience in delivering results for both our funding partners and our dealers.

His key areas of focus within Evolution Funding are the management of our My Car Credit brand, operational procedures, management of our Leisure & LCV division and project management.

  • Chris Coverdale
    Chris Coverdale Sales Director

Chris Coverdale
Sales Director

Biography

After gaining his degree in English Language and Literature from Newcastle University, Chris started his career in motor finance at Lombard Motor Finance in 1997 as an Account Manager.

In 2000 he moved to First National Motor Finance (FNMF) as their Sales & Development Manager, responsible for identifying internal and external training needs, product development and designing delivery programmes.

His change of role in 2002 to National Account Manager saw him join the team responsible for looking after FNMF’s ‘Top 100’ dealer groups.

Chris joined Evolution in 2003 as Account Manager, moving up to take the role of Sales Director in 2013. Chris is responsible for five Regional Sales Directors and 50+ account managers.

  • Paul Hibbert
    Paul Hibbert Key Accounts

Paul Hibbert
Key Accounts Director

Biography

Paul began his career in the motor finance industry in 1991, spending twelve years with the Bank of Scotland’s Motor Finance Division, where in 2000 he became the youngest Director across the entire group and went on to lead the group’s subprime business, Finax.

Paul joined Evolution Funding in 2012, becoming our Director of Key Accounts and taking responsibility for the strategy, growth and development within the UK’s Top 100 franchised dealer groups.

Since November 2013 the Key Accounts division has seen significant growth, winning some of the UK’s largest top dealer groups and used car supermarkets.

Paul is also responsible for Evolution Extra, our ‘Rate for Risk’ dealer offering. He sits on our Compliance Committee as deputy chair.

  • Alan Smith
    Alan Smith Operations & Projects Director

Alan Smith
Operations & Projects Director

Biography

Alan joined Evolution Funding in February 2015 and has motor trade experience of over 18 years.

His motor finance expertise dates back to 1999 where he was handed his first finance and insurance dedicated role.

After progressing through motor dealership positions Alan held Key Account positions with GE Money and GMAC before joining an AM Top 100 dealer group in a F&I and Sales leadership role.

As Alan has held key positions with main stream funders he brings experience in delivering results for both our funding partners and our dealers.

His key areas of focus within Evolution Funding are the management of our My Car Credit brand, operational procedures, management of our Leisure & LCV division and project management.

Mike Brewer Motors

  • John Tustin
    John Tustin Brand Director

John Tustin
Brand Director

Biography

John joined Evolution Funding in April 2007, bringing with him extensive experience in motor finance, motor retailing and vehicle leasing.

His career has encompassed everything from management of large corporate fleet accounts for Lex Vehicle Leasing through to being a senior underwriter for a finance company. He also gained experience in retail and fleet sales, finance and aftersales for a prestige dealer network, was a Group Business Manager for a multi-franchise dealer group and an Area Manager for a large motor finance company.

John is responsible for the launch, management and growth of every area of our ‘Mike Brewer’ brand, including our Mike Brewer Motors dealerships, Mike Brewer Accident Repair, Mike Brewer Preparation Centres and Mike Brewer Buys Your Car.

EVOGO

  • Keith Heaviside
    Keith Heaviside Head of Rental

Keith Heaviside
Head of Rental

Biography

Keith has been involved in the vehicle industry since 1998, after spending a year with the Royal Naval Medical School.

His career began in sales at Renault Finance, moving onto the Caudwell Group (Phone 4 U) as a New Business Business Manager.

2003 saw a move into vehicle rentals when Keith became Sales Manager for TLS Vehicle Rental.

In 2005, Keith launched the refrigerated vehicle rental division of Lamberet Isotherms Ltd, turning a loss making company into profit by the end of 2007.

In 2010, Keith went on to launch and run the rental division of Mann Island Finance Ltd before joining Evolution Funding in 2013 to become Head of Rental of our flexi rental brand EVOGO.

Mike Brewer Motors

  • John Tustin
    John Tustin Brand Director

John Tustin
Brand Director

Biography

John joined Evolution Funding in April 2007, bringing with him extensive experience in motor finance, motor retailing and vehicle leasing.

His career has encompassed everything from management of large corporate fleet accounts for Lex Vehicle Leasing through to being a senior underwriter for a finance company. He also gained experience in retail and fleet sales, finance and aftersales for a prestige dealer network, was a Group Business Manager for a multi-franchise dealer group and an Area Manager for a large motor finance company.

John is responsible for the launch, management and growth of every area of our ‘Mike Brewer’ brand, including our Mike Brewer Motors dealerships, Mike Brewer Accident Repair, Mike Brewer Preparation Centres and Mike Brewer Buys Your Car.

EVOGO

  • Keith Heaviside
    Keith Heaviside Head of Rental

Keith Heaviside
Head of Rental

Biography

Keith has been involved in the vehicle industry since 1998, after spending a year with the Royal Naval Medical School.

His career began in sales at Renault Finance, moving onto the Caudwell Group (Phone 4 U) as a New Business Business Manager.

2003 saw a move into vehicle rentals when Keith became Sales Manager for TLS Vehicle Rental.

In 2005, Keith launched the refrigerated vehicle rental division of Lamberet Isotherms Ltd, turning a loss making company into profit by the end of 2007.

In 2010, Keith went on to launch and run the rental division of Mann Island Finance Ltd before joining Evolution Funding in 2013 to become Head of Rental of our flexi rental brand EVOGO.

Evolution Funding Group

  • Richard Simmonds
    Richard Simmonds Group Legal Counsel

Richard Simmonds
Group Legal Counsel

Biography

Richard joined Evolution Funding in May 2015 as Group Legal Counsel for both the group and all of its associated businesses and trading styles.

He qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and since then has spent his time in private practice, including a spell with the legal profession’s regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Whilst in private practice Richard has worked for international and regional law firms specialising in multiple disciplines of law.

He is responsible for the entire legal function at Evolution Funding and handles and coordinates all of the company’s legal requirements.

  • Glen Borrell
    Glen Borrell Financial Controller

Glen Borrell
Financial Controller

Biography

Glen graduated from Canterbury University, New Zealand, in 1999 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Management).

He went on to achieve his Chartered Accountancy qualification in 2003 whilst working for PFK Goldsmith Fox, came to the UK in the same year on a holiday visa and remained here.

Since coming to the UK, Glen has held various roles, including Auditor at the Audit Commission, Finance Manager with Virgin Management, FP&A Manager with Close Brothers Motor Finance and Interim Finance Manager with Intraining Group (Newcastle College), finally joining Evolution Funding in January 2016.

  • Sarah Simpkins
    Sarah Simpkins Marketing Director

Sarah Simpkins
Marketing Director

Biography

Sarah joined Evolution Funding in February 2016 having run her own design and marketing agency since 2005, of which Evolution Funding was a key client.

The agency’s work was featured in a best-selling business branding book, nominated for a national design award and featured in creative industries magazine Design Week.

Sarah is now responsible for strategizing and implementing the group’s marketing plans for our brands, as well as steering and managing the visual positioning and communications for each brand.

She oversees a team of designers and digital marketers and works in collaboration with the in-house development team.

Sarah holds a degree in Social Studies from Newcastle University and an Advanced Certificate from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

  • Angela Larkin
    Angela Larkin Head of HR

Angela Larkin
Head of HR

Biography

Angela joined Evolution Funding in October 2014, initially as a consultant and then, with the growth of the company, going on to establish our HR department.

She is responsible for developing policies, procedures and managing our ever-growing team of people across all of our brands.

Angela’s career started at HSBC where she held both specialist and generalist HR roles, including Senior Employee Relations Specialist for 7 years and leading a team as a Senior HR Manager for IT functions.

From there she developed an interim consulting career working with Rolls Royce, Experian and Gala Coral Group, advising on restructures, TUPE, project management and tribunal work.

She holds a degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

  • Gordon Docherty
    Gordon Docherty Group Compliance Consultant

Gordon Docherty
Group Compliance Consultant

Biography

As a consultant to Evolution Funding, Gordon brings over 25 years of industry experience in Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management and Internal Control assurance.

He has worked for several of the industry’s largest and most respected financial service organisations, including Royal London Insurance, GMAC/National Guarantee plc, Legal & General, iPSL (a subsidiary of Unisys, Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays), and Paragon Bank plc.

Gordon holds extensive qualifications from both the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Banking Institute.

In his role, Gordon assists Evolution Funding in maintaining our regulatory status to the highest possible level.

  • Mitch Satchwell
    Mitch Satchwell

Mitch Satchwell
Lead Software Developer

Biography

Mitch joined Evolution Funding in 2012. He manages the development of our internal and external software systems and has been instrumental in taking our technology and innovation to new levels.

He has since built up a team of ten, consisting of highly skilled front and back-end developers and web designers.

Mitch has a range of development experience having previously worked in a software house, in-house, and within an agency environment.

He also holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Sussex.

  • Richard Simmonds
    Richard Simmonds Group Legal Counsel

Richard Simmonds
Group Legal Counsel

Biography

Richard joined Evolution Funding in May 2015 as Group Legal Counsel for both the group and all of its associated businesses and trading styles.

He qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and since then has spent his time in private practice, including a spell with the legal profession’s regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Whilst in private practice Richard has worked for international and regional law firms specialising in multiple disciplines of law.

He is responsible for the entire legal function at Evolution Funding and handles and coordinates all of the company’s legal requirements.

  • Glen Borrell
    Glen Borrell Financial Controller

Glen Borrell
Financial Controller

Biography

Glen graduated from Canterbury University, New Zealand, in 1999 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Management).

He went on to achieve his Chartered Accountancy qualification in 2003 whilst working for PFK Goldsmith Fox, came to the UK in the same year on a holiday visa and remained here.

Since coming to the UK, Glen has held various roles, including Auditor at the Audit Commission, Finance Manager with Virgin Management, FP&A Manager with Close Brothers Motor Finance and Interim Finance Manager with Intraining Group (Newcastle College), finally joining Evolution Funding in January 2016.

  • Sarah Simpkins
    Sarah Simpkins Marketing Director

Sarah Simpkins
Marketing Director

Biography

Sarah joined Evolution Funding in February 2016 having run her own design and marketing agency since 2005, of which Evolution Funding was a key client.

The agency’s work was featured in a best-selling business branding book, nominated for a national design award and featured in creative industries magazine Design Week.

Sarah is now responsible for strategizing and implementing the group’s marketing plans for our brands, as well as steering and managing the visual positioning and communications for each brand.

She oversees a team of designers and digital marketers and works in collaboration with the in-house development team.

Sarah holds a degree in Social Studies from Newcastle University and an Advanced Certificate from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

  • Angela Larkin
    Angela Larkin Head of HR

Angela Larkin
Head of HR

Biography

Angela joined Evolution Funding in October 2014, initially as a consultant and then, with the growth of the company, going on to establish our HR department.

She is responsible for developing policies, procedures and managing our ever-growing team of people across all of our brands.

Angela’s career started at HSBC where she held both specialist and generalist HR roles, including Senior Employee Relations Specialist for 7 years and leading a team as a Senior HR Manager for IT functions.

From there she developed an interim consulting career working with Rolls Royce, Experian and Gala Coral Group, advising on restructures, TUPE, project management and tribunal work.

She holds a degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

  • Gordon Docherty
    Gordon Docherty Group Compliance Consultant

Gordon Docherty
Group Compliance Consultant

Biography

As a consultant to Evolution Funding, Gordon brings over 25 years of industry experience in Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management and Internal Control assurance.

He has worked for several of the industry’s largest and most respected financial service organisations, including Royal London Insurance, GMAC/National Guarantee plc, Legal & General, iPSL (a subsidiary of Unisys, Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays), and Paragon Bank plc.

Gordon holds extensive qualifications from both the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Banking Institute.

In his role, Gordon assists Evolution Funding in maintaining our regulatory status to the highest possible level.

  • Mitch Satchwell
    Mitch Satchwell

Mitch Satchwell
Lead Software Developer

Biography

Mitch joined Evolution Funding in 2012. He manages the development of our internal and external software systems and has been instrumental in taking our technology and innovation to new levels.

He has since built up a team of ten, consisting of highly skilled front and back-end developers and web designers.

Mitch has a range of development experience having previously worked in a software house, in-house, and within an agency environment.

He also holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Sussex.