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

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.

Adam Wass

Deal Origination

Adam joined Maslow Capital in 2014 after graduating from DeMontfort University in 2009 and having spent 5 years at the Ministry of Justice.

Adam was initially responsible for assisting the deal origination team in both structuring new and monitoring existing deals through to successful repayment. Adam has been involved in a variety of transactions to date including pure residential development, mixed-use, PBSA, bridge transactions and complex deposit structured deals.

In 2018, Adam moved to the origination team and is responsible for sourcing new business with a focus on residential development and retirement living. Adam is keen to build out Maslow’s niche in supporting the development of specialist property asset classes.

Laura Denenga

Deal Origination

Laura is part of Maslow’s origination team, responsible for sourcing and structuring new lending opportunities.

Prior to Maslow Capital, Laura was a Vice President of Quadrant Real Estate Advisors, an investment management business with $10 billion under management.

Laura started her career in the United States as a financial analyst in Quadrant’s loan asset management division and was responsible for loan portfolio management, financial analysis and credit analysis across a variety of property types including multi-family, student accommodation, industrial, retail and office.

In 2013, Laura moved to London and played a major role in establishing Quadrant’s European business, leading the firm’s origination of stretch senior development, bridge and mezzanine finance in the UK and Ireland on behalf of an Australian Superannuation Fund.

Laura received a BA in Economics with honours from Colgate University in 2011.

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.

Rachael Gordon

Associate

Rachael studied Economics & French at Queen’s University in Belfast and then joined Bank of Ireland’s Corporate & Treasury graduate programme. In 2016, Rachael accepted a permanent position at Bank of Ireland’s London Property Finance Team where she worked on the origination of Property Investment transactions. Rachael joined Maslow in May 2018 and is responsible for assisting the origination team.

James Henry

Associate

James has over 8 years’ experience spanning institutional banking, real estate finance and corporate real estate. James holds both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Property from the University of Auckland.

James started in the corporate real estate services sector, quickly progressing to be a Surveyor for one of New Zealand’s largest banks, Westpac New Zealand. He then moved into Property Finance at Westpac where James undertook deal origination, credit analysis and portfolio management. In this time James was involved in funding projects across a variety of asset classes including: commercial, residential, healthcare and marinas.

James then moved into Westpac’s Institutional Bank as a Senior Associate, where he was responsible for credit analysis, financial analysis and relationship management on portfolio lending to REITs, property funds and listed retirement village and aged care operators. In this position James led the credit analysis for the re-financing of c. £1.75billion of loan facilities.

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.

Thomas Ahearne

Associate

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.

Rob Hammond

Associate

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.

Ben Colling

Credit and Risk

Ben graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2012 majoring in Property Economics. Ben started his property career in Australia as an analyst for a commercial real estate agency and then joined a Managed Investment Scheme as Portfolio Manager, growing the loan book, servicing the South-East Queensland region along with working with Loan Syndicate Partners throughout other major capital cities. Ben oversaw new development proposals from initial concept feasibility through to credit assessment, construction lifecycle, settlements and return of investor principal. Upon landing in the UK in the second half of 2017, Ben acquired a role as a BDM through a Peer-to- Peer Lender and since January 2018, resides in the Risk and Portfolio Management team focusing on the credit/risk reporting framework, portfolio management and prudential lending process.

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.

Kevin Manners

Finance Director

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2008, Kevin moved into the Civil Engineering Sector joining a private Equity packed Construction firm. After 3 years as the Group Financial Controller, he joined McLaren Automotive Limited, as it embarked on its journey from being a startup to become an established manufacturer of Sports & Supercars, competing with the world’s most famous Supercar brands. Kevin held a number of senior finance roles within the company before embarking on a career in banking & finance, moving to Maslow in October 2017 as Finance Director.

Wojciech Chrobak

Financial Analytics

Wojciech Chrobak joins Maslow from State Street Bank, where he was a manager in the Performance and Analytics Team. Previous to that, Wojciech spent 4 years at Liongate Asset Management – a fund of hedge funds – where he worked on a number of projects in finance, client reporting, and due diligence before moving to the research team .Wojciech graduated from the University of Oxford with Masters in Physics and is a CFA charter holder.

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.

Georgina Nahome

Georgina attended Leeds Metropolitan University studying Events Management.

She has worked previously in Property as a PA to various team members. Georgina started at Maslow Capital in March 2018 as Office Assistant.