The Team

Chris Blowers

Co-founder & Head of Origination

A graduate of the LSE, Chris has over 30 years’ experience in property finance and banking starting in the City Office of Williams & Glyn’. Chris was Chief Manager of Corporate Banking at AIB (GB) for many years and was latterly Corporate Director of AIB City Office the Bank’s flagship UK Branch. Chris joined Investec Structured Property Finance in 2005 and originated a significant property backed loan book in Senior, Senior Stretch and Mezzanine debt before leaving to become a co-founder of Maslow Capital in 2009.

Chris continues to source and manage transactions as the head of the Maslow origination team.

Marc Rose

Co-founder & Chairman

Marc has been active for 30 years in finance and risk management. During this time, he managed the Eurobond trading desk for Chemical Bank and subsequently branched out on his own, establishing a successful proprietary derivatives trading business on the L.I.F.F.E exchange. This was followed by a period managing funds for Commodities Corporation, a Goldman Sachs company. Since 2001 he has focused on managing and structuring his private real estate and investment projects.

During the early part of the financial crisis Marc founded two alternative finance businesses, one being Maslow Capital and the other within the consumer finance sector. Marc’s role as Chairman also sees him heading up Maslow’s credit and risk committees.

Ellis Sher

Co-founder & CEO

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Ellis embarked on a career in banking and finance focusing on speciality credit, covering a wide range of asset classes including tax arbitrage, consumer credit and property finance.

 

Ellis enjoyed a successful career at Investec where he worked for 7 years and was part of the establishment of the bank’s private client structured finance business. In 2005 he left Investec to pursue the acquisition of a specialist mortgage provider known as Cheval Property Finance PLC where he held the position of Managing Director until February 2009. In March 2009 he co-founded Maslow with Marc and Chris.

Ryan Steele

COO

Ryan is the Chief Operating Officer of Maslow, having previously co-founded Prodigy Finance, a global student loan and asset management company. Ryan started his career as a Metals and Materials Engineer and in 2000 he moved into banking, joining Nedbank and later Capital One in South Africa as the Head of Risk and Risk Policy. In 2006 he completed his MBA at INSEAD and subsequently joining AMEX GNS as Director of Strategic Partnerships, before coming to Maslow in 2015.

Matt Pigram

Partner & Deal Origination

After spending a number of successful years in retail banking, Matt decided to specialise in property lending joining Dunbar Bank Plc where he remained for 10 years. He has worked extensively with both commercial and residential investors and developers on a wide range of projects not only in London but throughout the UK, using his technical knowledge and attention to detail to deliver a range of funding solutions.

Matt joined Maslow in 2011 and has played an instrumental role in growing the business, becoming a partner in 2014. Matt looks after a portfolio of customers and is responsible for growing new lending relationships.

Sky Mapson

Deal Origination

After graduating from Royal Holloway University of London in 2009, Sky joined RBS Global Banking and Markets where he worked as an analyst in various fixed income sales roles. He was principally involved in modelling and managing interest rate and inflation risk for UK public sector treasury bodies as well as formulating and marketing asset and liability matching derivative solutions to UK public sector pension schemes.

In the latter part of his time at RBS, Sky spent a significant proportion of his time modelling debt and derivative restructuring, this sparked an interest in the alternative funding sector and ultimately prompted his decision to join Maslow Capital in June 2012. Sky forms part of the Maslow origination team and is responsible for sourcing and structuring new lending transactions and presenting these to the credit and risk committee.

Michael Kearney

Deal Origination

Mike has over 12 years of property finance experience having commenced as an Analyst in Australia. Throughout the early part of his career, Mike worked in the front office and then in distressed loan management following the Global Financial Crisis. Mike then moved to ANZ Banking Group as an Associate Director growing a AUD1.4 Billion national loan portfolio of both real estate investment and development facilities.

Andrew Pinfield

Head of Risk

Andrew has over 25 years of banking experience, working at Midland (as was) and NatWest, before specialising in Property Finance with RBS and Citi.

Following the crash, Andrew has headed Risk, Analytics, Portfolio Management and Transaction Management teams at RBS, managing both performing and distressed loan books, concluding with the successful ‘bad bank’ strategy in 2016. Since then, Andrew worked at a peer-to-peer lender, focusing on credit risk and lending process.

Adam Wass

Associate

After graduating from DeMontfort University in 2009, Adam joined The Ministry of Justice where he spent two years working in the Chief Executive’s Office at Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Adam was responsible for monitoring projects and their key milestones throughout the greater HMCTS portfolio, to ensure the department could meet its strict budgetary requirements.

Adam is responsible for assisting the origination team in modelling prospective deals, and overseeing the case management team.

Roger Comben

Associate

Roger started his career at Nationwide Building Society, quickly moving his focus to the commercial branch of the business, where he gained experience in a wide range of finance transactions. Roger subsequently moved into property finance initially with Anglo Irish Bank, before moving to Israel Discount Bank as Assistant Recoveries Manager and later United Trust Bank as a Case Manager.

Roger is responsible for risk management within Maslow and also assists the origination team in modelling prospective deals and carrying out due diligence.

Rob Hammond

Analyst

Rob graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Construction Management, he then joined a London based property developer, MacDonald Egan where he focused on viability assessments, planning and construction of mixed use developments. He then joined Richstone Properties as a development surveyor, overseeing the construction and cost control of high end residential properties.

Rob joined Maslow in May 2016 and sits in the case management team assisting the originators in assessing new deals and carrying out due diligence.

Max Rose

Analyst

After graduating from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Chemistry, Max joined Voltaire Financial where he gained experience in arranging property finance for investors and developers across all asset classes.

He joined Maslow Capital in 2015, where he is responsible for assisting the origination team in modelling prospective deals and performing due diligence.

Thomas Ahearne

Analyst

After studying Finance and Business at university, Tom started his working career at an asset management company in Sydney, Australia. Upon returning to London, Tom moved into secured lending with United Trust Bank (UTB) initially working within the Property Development team.

When UTB created its new Structured Finance team in mid-2015, Tom transferred into that department as an Analyst, and was part of its successful development whereby they now have a loan book of over £100m.

Rebecca Shafran

Research Economist

Rebecca has over 10 years’ experience in property research. After graduating in Geography from the University of Leeds in 2005 she joined the Investment Property Databank where she worked on index construction, portfolio analysis, and bespoke research consultancy projects for investors and industry bodies.

In 2010, she joined the Research and Strategy team at Savills Investment Management where she developed the research supporting a Prime London residential development fund. She has since worked at both Deloitte Real Estate and Cushman and Wakefield before joining Maslow Capital in 2016. She has experience in UK and European property research, across all sectors.

Between 2009 – 2012 she served as Vice Chairman of the Society of Property Researchers and remains a member. She also holds the Investment Management Certificate.

Rebecca is responsible for Maslow’s research and analytics division.

Phoebe Scriven

Projects

Phoebe comes from consulting, where she specialised in strategy, business models and innovation. Previously at Capgemini Consulting and before that Happen Innovation agency, she has worked with a range of clients in fin-tech, banking, consumer goods and retail. At Maslow, she runs a variety of internal projects to help the business grow and succeed.

Having studied English at Oxford University,  Phoebe was previously a board member of DevelopHer, a non-profit that supports women in technology, and is currently a trustee of Share Community charity, a disabilities charity.

Simon Page

Solution Architect

Simon has 10 years’ experience in IT and property finance. Having studied Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary London, Simon went on to become an Analyst at CLP Structured Finance working on commercial investment and development deals.

In 2008 Simon joined Red Chilli Structured Finance as head of Development and IT. Among his achievements were the conception and development of an industry-leading database as well as being responsible for financial modelling enabling the team to devise innovative funding structures.
Simon has worked at Maslow since 2010 and is responsible for IT and special projects.

Gayleen Huggins

Marketing and Brand

After graduating from Bournemouth University with a BA (hons) in Business and Management in 2011, Gayleen joined The Richmond Group, an early stage technology VC. There Gayleen specialised in supporting property start-ups within The Richmond Group umbrella. Following this, Gayleen joined MYJAR, an innovative fin-tech lending firm as a Marketing Projects Manager in early 2016.

Having joined Maslow in 2017, Gayleen is responsible for the company’s marketing and advertising.

Christine Johnston

Team Administrator

Christine studied Business Management in Cape Town, before moving to London in 2011. She worked as PA for a US law firm and in 2013 joined property developer Almacantar, where she worked as PA to the investment director, and as assistant to the development and marketing teams.

In 2015, Christine joined Maslow Capital and works on marketing, events, HR and as a PA to the executive team.