Garry is Key Fund’s Investment Manager, with responsibility for managing the client relationship Team who look after the client from initial contact, through the development process to assessment of the funding proposal and delivery of post award support.
Garry left school at 18 and joined a leading High Street Bank where, after relocating to Yorkshire he became a Senior Business Manager. Growing up in the punk era and still a fervent fan of live music, it perhaps became inevitable he’d eventually outgrow mainstream banking where officialdom was strangling autonomy. A burning desire to avoid the fate of some of his peers ‘going grey in the corner’ and inspired by Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic who asserted that you should: “Leap and the net will appear!” Garry decided to leave the bank. A brush with a Buddhist retreat illustrated that investing didn’t just have to be about profit. That realisation sparked a growing belief that there was more to life, which eventually led him to the Key Fund in 2009. With him, he brought over 20 years’ experience of providing lending support.
The ethos of the Key Fund offered new and exciting challenges with its high risk unsecured lending that didn’t hang debt on an individual or asset, but on an enterprising cause with a social mission. It was a return to old fashioned banking, based on understanding the clients needs that allowed Garry to better use his talents; an altogether more rewarding experience.
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