Meet the Partnerships Team

Funding Circle, the UK’s leading small business loans platform has recently expanded its partnerships team in order to provide even more support to our registered partners and their clients.

In 2018 the partnerships team helped facilitate £45 million worth of lending. As a result, they helped unlock 1,840 new jobs in UK communities and boost the UK economy by £110 million last year alone.

So who are the faces behind the magic? 

Dan Sinclair Taylor is the Head of Partnerships and looks after all strategic and referral partners in the UK. Dan studied at Oxford University before starting his career as a lawyer at a Magic Circle law firm where he practised banking and litigation for 5 years. He then moved into legal recruitment before joining Funding Circle in February 2015.

Jessie Northern is our Regional Partners Executive for the South East. She joined Funding Circle in the Investor Support Team in 2017, gaining invaluable experience and expert knowledge. She then moved into the Sales department as an Account Manager in the Partnerships team and then got promoted to Regional Partnerships Executive shortly after.

Craig Jackson is our Regional Partnerships Manager, looking after the South West region. He joined Funding Circle in March 2015 after heading up the Southern Region for Barclays in their start up division. Craig joined us to help launch the Partnerships team and has helped fund over £40m in 4 years.

Fran Warrington is our Regional Partnerships Manager, specialising in relationships in the South East. Fran is relatively new to Funding Circle but is making a big impact. She has already onboarded numerous partners since joining in December 2018. Fran has previously worked in commercial client facing roles including Google, Start-Up Direct and Gartner. 

Ed Butler is Regional Partnerships Manager, looking after the Midlands region. He works with a wide range of partners including accountants, business coaches and bank managers. Prior to joining Funding Circle in 2017, Ed worked as a Management Accountant in Industry for 9 years, before moving into financial recruitment where he spent 9 years placing Finance Directors and Controllers into businesses.

Silvia De Almeida is our Regional Partners Executive for the Midlands and South West regions. Prior to joining Funding Circle, Silvia worked in Business Development for a large UK hospitality brand, leading their international expansion. This allowed her to work in four different countries throughout her career, including Germany and China. 

James Kind is Regional Partnership Manager, covering the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Prior to joining Funding Circle in 2017, James worked at NatWest in SME banking for 6 years before leading their strategy for franchise businesses. He also obtained Chartered Banker Status, studying alongside his full-time role. James has helped facilitate over £18m of lending since joining.

Ellie Walker-Smith is one of our most recent recruits to the partnerships team in the North. Prior to Funding Circle she worked as an Account Manager at Wesleyan bank, specialising in asset finance and for a specialist finance brokerage based in Manchester. Ellie joined Funding Circle in 2019 as a Regional Partnerships Executive in the North.

Phil Thomas is our dedicated Inbound Partnerships Executive. Prior to starting at Funding Circle, Phil’s experience was heavily focused around sales and customer service with roles within retail and the sports industry. He started working at Funding Circle on the direct sales side in August 2018. Through this role he has helped new and existing borrowers with their enquiries. He took on his new role within the partnerships team earlier in the year, utilising all his skills and acting as the first point of contact for our new partners. 

Are you a looking for fast, affordable funding solution for your clients now?

Get in touch with our Partnerships Team at or give them a call on 0203 308 9708.

Katie Deacon