UK Board

Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards, Non-Executive Chairman

Michael was appointed Independent Chairman of our consumer credit business in April 2015. He has worked in financial services for over 25 years holding a number of senior positions at American Express, including Chairman of Alpha Card, American Express’s joint venture with BNP Paribas Fortis, and Vice Chairman of American Express Middle East. Michael has worked closely with regulators in a number of countries and spearheaded American Express’s approach to joint venture governance. Before joining American Express, Michael worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East and a Police Officer in Manchester. He has a strong commitment to corporate responsibility and chairs a number of community and charitable ventures in Sussex where he lives.

Stuart Howard, Chief Executive Officer

Stuart was appointed CEO of Dollar UK in November 2014. He has over 20 years’ experience in financial services and private equity. Prior to joining Dollar UK, Stuart was Chief Operating Officer for Listed Products at Harbourvest Partners where he was responsible for the operations of HVPE, a £700m market capital company listed on SFM and Euronext. Stuart’s previous roles have included Chief Financial Officer of 3i and senior roles at Credit Agricole and Deloitte. He has a degree in Government and Politics from Swansea University and is a trained Chartered Accountant.

Andrew Smith, UK General Counsel

Andrew joined our consumer credit business in 2014 and has been UK General Counsel since 2015. He has been responsible for guiding the business through the legal and regulatory requirements related to the transition from OFT to FCA and advises the company on its entry into new markets and products. Andrew qualified as a solicitor in the UK in 1997 and has specialised in financial services ranging from consumer finance to institutional investments and funds since 2001. He is a graduate of Chester College of Law and completed an Executive MBA (Distinction) in 2007.

Tony Deakin, Chief Financial Officer

Tony Deakin is the Chief Financial Officer for Dollar UK. He is responsible for Finance, Risk, Audit, Loss Prevention/AML and Property in all UK operations.

Before joining Dollar UK in May 2016, Tony was CFO for LaSer UK, a provider of consumer and partner finance programmes. He has also held senior leadership positions at Barclaycard where he worked from 2007 to 2013. Prior to financial services, Tony held a number of senior finance and treasury roles within the engineering, mobile phone and utilities sectors for businesses including General Electric, the Caudwell Group and Severn Trent.

Tony has extensive knowledge and expertise across the Finance and Risk spectrum and is an instrumental member of the Dollar UK team.

Neil Clyne, Non-Executive Director

Neil serves as Non-Executive Director on our UK Board. He is a skilled business leader, with over 30 years in experience in consumer financial services. Most recently Neil was CEO of Cabot Credit Management Ltd, where he was tasked with transforming the business by building the required technology infrastructure. Prior to this, he held a number of senior positions within Ge Money, Ge Auto and Lloyds Bowmaker Finance Group. Neil specialises in managing multiple stakeholders and proven Team Building, Communication, and Execution skills. He began his career with the Civil Service in 1977.