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Joan Louw

BA, C.A.(S.A), ACA

Joan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskin & Sells in Cape Town, South Africa. She has a broad international perspective of multi-currency, trans-continental business. She has lived in the North East for the past 18 years and has developed an unparalleled breadth of commercial relationships with regional and national funding providers.

Joan has worked as Finance Director to a number of growing companies seeking finance, and as “poacher-turned-gamekeeper” has evaluated and recommended investment decisions as a Fund Manager.

Joan brings her knowledge of the complexities, constraints and opportunities of raising funding to clients and investors alike. With elegance and poise, Joan sees her own business ethics as an extension of her personal relationships, concentrating on building sound commercial propositions and long term partnerships.

Joan’s first love was Ballet. She trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and danced with the touring Royal Ballet Company. She continues to follow her interest in theatre and the Arts, also applying her financial expertise, to assist and support businesses in the sector. She is an Advisor for Creative Industry Finance, a scheme that provides Investment Readiness support for Creative Industries and is a Trustee on the Board of the Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne and on the Board of Queen’s Hall Arts in Hexham.

Email: joan@agorabay.co.uk

Mobile: 07709 342972

Neil Guilder

BA (Hons), MA, FCMA, GCMA, C.DIR

Neil is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

He operated at the Finance Director level for 15 years for growing SMEs. As Finance and Operations Director of Director bank Ltd. he secured the finance to double the size of the business via corporate acquisition. During his time as Finance Director of Guidance Enterprise Group Ltd (GEG), again via corporate acquisition, the turnover was tripled whilst profit margins and cash generation were maintained. Whilst at GEG, Neil led, from a commercial finance point of view, the valuation growth and ultimate sale of the company to a consortium of two PLC’s.

Neil has a keen interest and significant experience in the delivery of Strategic Finance solutions to SMEs. In the last three years he has successfully assisted a wide range of SME’s with the formulation and delivery of their business Strategies and with their Investment Readiness and acquisition of applicable growth finance.

Neil maintains a keen interest in sport and was proud to complete his first half marathon last year.

Email: neil@agorabay.co.uk

Mobile: 07912 391544