Our People

Our flexible approach to lending starts from the relationships with people. Get to know the leadership team below.

Mel Hir Fresh Thinking Capital Founder

Mel Hird

Co-Founder
& Director

Mel is a founding director of Fresh Thinking Capital. Mel has over 20 years of experience in corporate restructuring, corporate finance and deal making... Read More

Mel Hird - Co-Founder

Mel is a founding director of Fresh Thinking Capital. Mel has over 20 years of experience in corporate restructuring, corporate finance and deal making. Her corporate career started with Ernst & Young and then Kroll working National and International. Mel also spent 12 months on secondment to HSBC Loan Management Unit working with 12 managers across the North. Mel started her investing career by founding Frontline Investments and subsequently a founding partner to Seneca Partners establishing and investing the first two equity funds within the Yorkshire Market.

Mel has a real interest in business and a passion to help people achieve their strategy which often requires assisting them in finding the right funding to help them along their journeys.

07917 888880 | Email Me | LinkedIn

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Fresh Thinking Capital Founder

Andrew Walls

Co-Founder
& Director

Andrew is a founding director of Fresh Thinking Capital. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2003 with an independent firm of accountants. Andrew joined... Read More

Andrew Walls - Co-Founder

Andrew is a founding director of Fresh Thinking Capital. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2003 with an independent firm of accountants. Andrew joined Begbies Traynor in 2003, where he developed both his insolvency and turnaround skills, followed by a secondment to RBS where he was involved in the management of the bank’s higher risk portfolio. He then moved to McInnes Corporate Finance providing lead advisory services in a wide range of M&A transactions. In 2008 Andrew joined a Serviced Office business and Property Investment Group as Finance Director with particular focus on liaising with funding providers and providing commercial advice to the board. Andrew then joined Seneca Partners in 2012 to source and manage equity investments which involved taking a number of non-executive directorships to support the businesses deliver their strategy.

Andrew enjoys supporting business owners to achieve their objectives which has become increasingly difficult as funding has become harder to source in recent years.

07720 714448 | Email Me | LinkedIn

07720 714448
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Dan Barrett

Director, Corporate Debt Advisory & Origination

Dan has a financial and operational background with significant experience of working with businesses and funders across a wide range of situations... Read More

Dan Barrett - Director, Corporate Debt Advisory & Origination

business development and funding services

Dan has a financial and operational background with significant experience of working with businesses and funders across a wide range of situations.

He joined CreditSquare from FTI Consulting where he spent five years, most recently as a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance and Restructuring practice. At FTI, Dan worked closely with creditors, PE sponsors and corporates on a range of financial and operational engagements.

Prior to FTI Consulting, Dan worked in the Operations Advisory team at Ernst & Young focusing on pre-and post-deal and buy and sell side transactional engagements, and before that at Stroud Consulting.

Dan has a first-class degree in Engineering Science from Oxford and an MPhil from Cambridge in Manufacturing Engineering and Management.

 

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Fresh Thinking Capital member of Staff

Ewa Kijowska

PA to the Founders & Office Manager

Ewa has been with Fresh Thinking since the beginning and with the Founders prior. Never short of a job to do. Ewa is Personal Assistant to the Founders, office... Read More

Ewa Kijowska - PA to the Founders & Office Manager

Ewa has been with Fresh Thinking since the beginning and with the Founders prior. Never short of a job to do. Ewa is Personal Assistant to the Founders, office manager to the Leeds office and looks after the various offices across the country.

03300 552255 | Email Me | LinkedIn

03300 552255
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