Key People

Invocas Group Key People


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John Hall

Chairman

A Chartered Accountant and licensed insolvency practitioner who has dealt with financially distressed clients throughout the UK since 1986, John spent time with Arthur Andersen & Co and Ernst & Young before establishing Haines Watts Business Recovery and Insolvency Scotland (HWBRIS) in January 1998. John built this business from scratch to become the leading provider of personal insolvency solutions in Scotland and led it through incorporation and a successful flotation on the AIM market in 2006, remaining as the largest shareholder.

John was formerly Scottish Council member for R3 for 2 terms, and remains Scottish Technical Committee and Personal Insolvency Policy group. He is also a former member of the Insolvency Practitioner’s Association’s Professional Guidance and Ethics committee and the Board of The Debt Resolution Forum, the trade association for providers of informal personal debt solutions. John also holds a number of other non-executive positions.

John is principally responsible for setting and delivering the Group’s strategy, building external relationships, supervising the management of our formal insolvency cases, regulation and marketing activities.

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David Gray

Chief Financial Officer

David is an ICAS trained chartered accountant with over twenty years experience working at a number of board level appointments across a number of different sectors.

In these roles, he has been instrumental in creating and delivering value for a range of stakeholders, clients and customers.   He qualified with PWC, spending time supporting the SME division before joining the FTSE company.   David has also held a number of strategic and financial operating roles, delivering successful growth, merger and acquisition and commercial improvement outcomes.

David joined Invocas in November 2016 and will deliver the strategic and operational management of the Groups finance functions.  David also supports the CEO in enhancing the overall commercial performance of the business.

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Stephen Lightley

Non Executive Director

Stephen is a chartered accountant who has held a range of positions in the private and public sector over a period of 30 years.

He worked with both KPMG and Haines Watts in the north east of England before becoming the regional partner for Haines Watts in Scotland. He was one of the partners of HWBRIS on flotation, later spending time as both Finance Director and CEO of Invocas.

Stephen is currently the Chief Operating Officer for a body in north east England responsible for the promotion of current public funding to local SMEs, the collection and redeployment of financial legacies derived from historical and current regional SME investment funds and the strategic development of future, publicly-backed SME investment funds.

Stephen has held a number of non-execuitve positions and is currently the Honorary Treasurer of Newcastle University.

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Bob Tomkys

Non Executive DIrector

Bob became a Non Executive Director to Invocas Group Plc in late 2015. Bob possesses a wealth of experience gained in senior roles in companies over the past 24 years.  He has completed 30 successful assignments in B2B and B2C private sector organisations in utilities, telecoms, support services, BPO, automotive, motorsport, training, recruitment, IT and banking sectors in Plc, SME, VC backed and private equity concerns.

During the last 16 years, Bob has spent 10 of those delivering significant benefits to large corporate clients by managing major debt recovery projects, building and implementing successful debt management strategies and then inspiring and driving credit teams to deliver exceptional results.Bob has also held a number of senior finance roles in private sector organisations gaining extensive experience of process improvement and tight financial management and control.

Bob is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

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Dan Walker

Advice Operations & Development Director, Turn Debt Around

Dan has spent the majority of his career in the debt industry and brings a wealth of sector specific sales and marketing experience to the Executive Team. Prior to joining Invocas, Dan spent 10 years working with and directing the sales and marketing strategies of two of the largest and most driven debt solutions providers in the UK.

Dan brings a hands-on approach to business enablement and his career to date has been based on achieving extremely high levels of client retention through the provision of stable operational structures and excellent client service to both internal and external stakeholders.

Dan holds primary operational responsibility for all activities undertaken by Turndebtaround Limited and for the Group’s Advice Operations.

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Thomas Jones

Director of Debt Management Services, Fresh Start UK
Director of Client Services, Aphility

Tom has spent most of his career in the debt industry, first working for Debt Collection Agency, Wescot Credit Services, in 2006. Tom founded Fresh Start UK in 2009 where he focused on Debt Management Services to UK clients, specialising in Debt Management Plans.

Tom is experienced in running a debt management operation as well as industry regulation and compliance. Tom and Fresh Start UK became part of Invocas Group in late 2015. Tom is now Director of Debt Management Services and is responsible for operations and compliance of Fresh Start UK, and has a very active role within the business.