When Flender was founded in 2015, it was clear to us that Irish businesses did not have access to the finance they needed to grow, while investors were making poor returns on their money. We had a great idea — bring them together in a safe and efficient way, and help them support each other. That's what we are doing, and this is the team behind it.
Chief Executive Officer
Kristjan founded Flender in 2015 as a solution for faster access to finance for businesses, and to provide investors with access to a new asset class. Kristjan holds accreditation as an FCA approved person - CF10 Director. Prior to Flender, Kristjan founded and successfully brought to market e-commerce and technology companies including Instacoach, Doclink and financial services company Instacredit.
A KPMG trained chartered accountant, Philip was a founder partner of RSM Farrell Grant Sparks. He has bought, developed and managed a variety of businesses over the past 30 years in Dublin, London and New York.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeremy has been in executive management across finance and research with organisations such as CIT Group / Dell Financial Services and Context. Jeremy sits on Context’s Board of Directors, and was Chief Financial Officer, focusing on corporate structure; tax efficiency; the reorganisation of the finance team; and enhancing FP&A discipline, liaising closely with sales teams.
Head of Credit
Colin brings 10 years of Financial Services expertise to our team. His experience includes Underwriting at AIB and Portfolio Management at BOI. With his years of analytical credit review experience, his role is to lead our Credit Department through the “end to end” process and ensure that our customer journey is seamless. Colin is a Qualified Financial Advisor and also holds a Professional Diploma in Financial Services.
Director and Co-Chair of Credit Committee
Serving on Flender’s Risk Oversight and Audit committee, David has worked in high yield credit, and intensive and structured debt capital markets, in major international banks including Chase Manhattan and JPMorgan in London.
Director and Co-Chair of Credit Committee
As Chairman of the Credit Committee, Nils Koik’s mission is to ensure that Flender has world-class controls to select creditworthy borrowers and protect investors’ returns. Nils has 25 years experience in banking and risk management including 18 years with SEB Bank where Nils was director and chairman of the credit committee of bank branches and in charge of stress testing, risk reporting and credit decisions for SME lending, asset backed lending and consumer lending.
Head of Brand Marketing
Jamie played professional rugby for 15 years, captaining both Leinster and Ireland. During this time he invested in various successful businesses across multiple verticals. Following his retirement from rugby in 2018 he went on to work for Google full time in their UKI Large Customer Sales team, dealing with the biggest advertisers in Ireland. Invested in the business since 2017, Jamie has come on as Head of Brand Marketing to help raise the awareness of Flender through the Irish market.
Eddie brings 10 years financial services experience to Flender. Experience includes Business Lending Advisor to Agri industry with BOI and previous experience working as a Credit Analyst with AIB.
With more than nine years of experience within the SME/Corporate and Retail Banking sector, Almina brings expertise in credit analysis with particular focus on SMEs spread over a wide variety of business sectors. Almina holds a Masters in Financial Management and she is QFA part-qualified and is working towards a professional qualification.
Head of Originations
Colin has significant experience in new business development,B2B sales and building lasting relationships across the financial services landscape. Colin has worked for a number of leading institutions such as Bluestone Asset Finance,Hays and AIB Bank. In his role with Flender, Colin will be responsible for developing partnership opportunities across Ireland with accountants, financial brokers and SME advisors.
Partner Originations Executive
Cassie joined the Flender team in June 2019. She has two years experience in the Finance sector, working for a finance broker in the North West of Ireland. She completed her Honours degree in Business specialising in Finance in 2017 with the Institute of Technology Sligo and is APA qualified with the Institute of Banking. Her role in Flender will be is assisting Flender partnerships with accountants, financial brokers and SME advisers with all day to day operations.
Senior originations Account Executive
Kara joined Flender in October 2018, bringing with her a wealth of experience in business development and client management in both the property letting and financial services industries. Kara's experience lies in new business acquisition having spent over 15 years working with corporate clients. Kara is passionate about helping SMEs secure access to funding and has previously worked with other alternative lenders over the past 5 years. Within her role at Flender, Kara's main objective is to build long term, lasting relationships with customers by ensuring Flender is their lending partner of choice.
Originations Account Executive
Ben joined the Flender team in September 2019. He graduated from Maynooth University in 2018 with a degree in Finance and Business. After University, Ben moved to Chicago where he worked as a Junior Credit Analyst. Ben's role at Flender involves building strong relationships with customers ensuring they receive the financial support needed to grow their businesses.
Originations Team Leader
Paul joined Flender as a business development manager in November 2018 bringing over 12 years of business development & account management experience. Pauls past experience comes from the financial services sector wherein he worked with AIB Merchant Services generating new business and building relationship for both SME & Corporate clients. Within his role, Paul’s focus is to build long term relationships with his clients to help them achieve their necessary business growth.
Customer Service Executive
Ursula is a fully qualified QFA and has over 12 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Ursula has worked with both Bank of Ireland and New Ireland Assurance where she developed a broad and valuable skillset through contact with a wide range of customers and products. Ursula’s focus is to provide exemplar service and support to Flender’s clients and partners. Ursula joined Flender in February 2020.
Office Manager, PA to CEO
After more than 4 years living and working in London, Sara joined the Flender team in February 2020. Sara brings considerable managerial and administrative experience to Flender, having managed two residential care homes for UK based national charity United Response. Sara has taken on the role of Office Manager and PA to the CEO.
Farhad is a KPMG trained chartered accountant, placing in the top 1 percentile in the Final Admittance Exams. He has worked in the financial services sector, specialising in the audit of funds and investment companies. He is now leading the finance division of Flender, applying his vast technical and analytical skills to this new line of business.
User Experience Developer
MingHsuan has 5 years visual design experience in the IT industry and specialises in web design, visual communication and multimedia design. He is a pure UX enthusiast and holds an MA in Interaction Design from National College of Art and Design.
Head of Information Technology
Oleksii is an expert in all aspects of system design, development and implementation. He is an experienced software engineer using Ruby and PHP for 8 years. His main interests lie in Cloud Computing and Microservices. Oleksii has a MSc in Applied Mathematics from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev.
Nitanshu is a proactive full stack ruby on rails software engineer with over two and half years of experience in the IT industry. In addition, he is a highly driven individual with masters in Information System With Computing from Dublin Business School.
Full Stack Developer
Jin is a full-stack Web Application Developer and Software Developer. He has a BSc. in Information Technology from the College of Computing Technology in Dublin, and has 2 years’ experience as a Java software engineer with a focus on Android development. Jin has a keen interest in Ruby on Rails and a passion for writing clean and efficient code. He is driven, self-motivated and constantly experimenting with new technologies and techniques. He is passionate about Web Development and strives to better himself as a developer. Jin joined the Flender team in February 2020.
Senior Advisor to the Board
Brian is a tech and finance entrepreneur having founded leading fin-tech companies such as Future Finance, Supply Finance and Arch Bay Capital. Brian advises board on strategy. Brian received an AB from Harvard University and MBA from UCLA.
Senior Advisor to CEO
Tony is an experienced CEO, having led the growth and development of System Dynamics for 19 years to one of the most successful indigenous IT consulting companies. Tony is a Business Advisor Coach for the Enterprise Ireland and provides leadership development/ coaching to organizations.
Director and advisor
Gerry is a very experienced financier, property and business investor. His background is in banking where he spent more than 25 years working at senior level in business, corporate and property finance. Following his banking career he joined Jaguar capital as a director overseeing an International property portfolio and executing transactions in excess of €2.Billion.