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FOLK2FOLK is re-setting the values around lending money. We exist to provide a fair deal for all, to make lending easier, more reliable and less stressful.

Our Team

Alex Gray

Alex Gray
alexgray@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 355
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I worked in agricultural and commercial insurance for 4.5 years in Holsworthy before joining FOLK2FOLK. I live in Cornwall with my cat and in my spare time, I enjoy seeing friends and family, cooking and keeping fit.

Amanda French

Amanda French
amandafrench@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 356
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After 10 years in private practise and in-house as a commercial property lawyer in Bristol and London, I moved to Devon and now lead the Professional Partnerships initiative at FOLK2FOLK. I love being “home” in the southwest running on Dartmoor, cycling, sea swimming and spending time with my daughter.

Amy Putt

Amy Putt
amyputt@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 369
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I first joined FOLK2FOLK as a Client Relationship Officer for the Lending Team and have now moved into the Borrowing Team. I have previous experience in administration and finance. Outside of work I am a keen pianist and play to Diploma standard. I love my whippet and exploring the world.

Anna Russell

Anna Russell
annarussell@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 368
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My role involves modelling, explaining and analysing business processes and IT systems. I really enjoy supporting staff with our CRM system and providing recommendations to make business processes even more efficient. I am a keen triathlete, climber and general outdoor lover.

Becky Kelly

Becky Kelly
beckykelly@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 358
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I have 10 years’ experience in financial and customer services and joined FOLK2FOLK as the ISA Manager. I've recently been promoted to Head of Customer Services and it’s great to be able to use the skills and knowledge I’ve built over the years. Outside of work I enjoy anything outdoors, walking my dogs, surfing and camping.

Caroline Green

Caroline Green
carolinegreen@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 773 296
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Having previously worked in the travel industry I gained some great experience of working in a motivated team delivering excellent customer service.  I am delighted to bring those skills to FOLK2FOLK as I understand that great communication skills and a warm welcome is what people expect and deserve. I love spending time with family and friends, keeping fit at my local gym and walking my dog along some of Cornwall’s most beautiful coastal paths.

Caroline Scott

Caroline Scott
carolinescott@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 364
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I have recently joined FOLK2FOLK having been a qualified accountant for over 30 years working in a variety of organisations. I moved to Cornwall 13 years ago and love the lifestyle. Outside work I enjoy keeping fit, meeting friends for coffee and volunteering for the RNLI.

Chris Cioffi

Chris Cioffi
chriscioffi@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 771 834
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I enjoy keeping up to date with tech innovations and have a thirst for knowledge in and around IT/Cyber Security in general. I love sports, and currently, play football at a competitive level.

Claire Thayers

Claire Thayers
clairethayers@FOLK2FOLK.com
07483 133 534
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I'm an ex-Young Farmer and an ex-farmers wife! With 20 years experience of working in marketing, I was previously Marketing Manager for Coodes in Cornwall, I went on to work for Cornwall Community Foundation before setting up my own CSR consultancy and clients included Visit Cornwall, Cornwall Chamber and Rotary International. I moved back to Gloucestershire 4 years ago and I set up the Assn. of Glos Business Groups and now chair Glos Forwards in partnership with Glos. Rugby. I have two gorgeous grown-up girls, a crazy dog, and a passion for rugby and horses… and fine food!

Duncan Medlock

Duncan Medlock
duncanmedlock@FOLK2FOLK.com
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I started life in property aged 17 and became a Valuations Manager in Reading. I then moved to Devon to work as an Asset Manager. Most recently I have been working in a role running children’s and youth activities. I love all sports including football, Rugby, Skiing, Cricket. I run youth football teams whilst raising 4 children!

Fiona MacInnes

Fiona MacInnes
fionamacinnes@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 350
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I have enjoyed a varied career in H.R.  I love being part of growing an innovative business like FOLK2FOLK and helping to develop a skilled and flexible team. Out of work my passions are keeping fit, spending time with my family and friends and spoiling my pug!

Giles M. Cross

Giles M. Cross
gilescross@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 771 831
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Giles brings over 20 years’ experience in marketing financial services. Recently, Giles was responsible for leading the marketing department at wealth management business Sanlam UK where he established the business as a recognized award-winning market leader for digital intelligence. He also previously worked at The English Mutual Group. Giles joined FOLK2FOLK in 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer and was announced as CEO in January 2018.

Gill Alford

Gill Alford
gillalford@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 366
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I have worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 30 years and at FOLK2FOLK for 3 years. My role within FOLK2FOLK is the manager of the Loan Matching team. I contact lenders when a loan becomes available to give the details of the opportunity to ascertain if the client would like to lend. I enjoy speaking with clients on a daily basis and maintain a close relationship with them. On a personal level, I enjoy cooking, gardening and walking – one of my favourite places being the Isles of Scilly.

Hayley McGuire

Hayley McGuire
hayleymcguire@FOLK2FOLK.com
01684 770 907
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Throughout my working career, the customer experience has always been an integral part of my day to day activity. This has varied from; call centres and office based case handling for high value accounts within a high street bank, to customer facing services. I enjoy providing an exceptional experience from start to finish to ensure the customer receives the best possible outcome. Out of work, I love spending time with my family and our dog Maggie, reading, baking and travelling.

Helen Willett

Helen Willett
helenwillett@FOLK2FOLK.com
07468 690 237
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After twenty plus years as a commercial property lawyer in London private practice, it was time for a change. I love the variety of being in-house legal and client-side. Along with my twin daughters and partner, I am now a west Cornwall smallholder with a menagerie of rare breed sheep and chickens, bees, cats, a peacock and our beloved greyhound.

Ian Kirby

Ian Kirby
iankirby@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 836
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Working for FOLK2FOLK is gratifying, the company is forward thinking and innovative company and I'm proud to be a part of. I thoroughly enjoy creating reports and analysing systems to explore ways of improving the way we do things. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and keeping fit doing Taekwondo.

Jane Ledward

Jane Ledward
janeledward@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 367
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After relocating from Berkshire to Devon with my partner, 2 horses and a boxer dog I joined a local firm of solicitors before joining FOLK2FOLK and the finance team.

Kaley Hood

Kaley Hood
kaleyhood@FOLK2FOLK.com
01684 770 904
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Having worked previously in the insurance sector I love the variety, support and warmth that FOLK2FOLK brings to all who interact with it. In my spare time I can be found at the stables or cheering on our local racing yards.

Karl Straw

Karl Straw
karlstraw@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 773296
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Karl has 30 plus years of experience business consulting across of wide range of sectors including Finance, Logistics, Central Government, and Defence. Before joining FOLK2FOLK Karl spent five years as a senior advisor consulting on modernisation with various UK government departments.

Kimberley Allen

Kimberley Allen
kimberleyallen@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 353
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I have 15 years’ experience in Finance and IT and I'm passionate and dedicated to improving our customer experience either through technology or process refinement. Out of work my passions are traveling, self-development, keeping fit and spending time with my family and friends.

Laura Alford

Laura Alford
lauraalford@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 363
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I have worked at Folk2Folk since inception, initially in the lending team before moving to the borrower team, processing applications. I have remained in this team, which is now much larger than it was before! I have previous experience in administration and finance. Out of work I dedicate my time to my ‘Yorkiepoo’, Herbie, as well as cooking and entertaining.

Lucinda Dalziel

Lucinda Dalziel
lucindadalziel@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 771 832
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I help the firm to understand regulatory requirements and make sure we’re following the FCA rules.  I have 25 years’ regulatory, financial services and commercial experience.  It’s really great that I can do this whilst living by the sea….with a sea-view!

Lynda Statton

Lynda Statton
lyndastatton@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 370
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I have a background in Financial Services and joined FOLK2FOLK in 2016 as a Client Relationship Officer. My responsibilities include matching our lenders to the loan opportunities on offer, issuing the loan documentation to our lenders and dealing with client enquiries. In my spare time I enjoy rugby (as a spectator only!), walking my dog and travelling.

Lynn Pett

Lynn Pett
lynnpett@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 375
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After nearly 29 years in banking, it’s so refreshing to have something different to offer clients. Helping both Lenders and Borrowers really makes my day! When I’m not here, I’m often out on my bike and have challenged myself to complete the Windsor Triathlon in 2018!

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas
markthomas@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 771 837
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I work for FOLK2FOLK as a loans officer dealing with loan redemptions and customer account reviews and queries. I'm a dairy farmer's son with 37 years in financial services where I worked with a number of SME and agricultural businesses in Cornwall for a bank. Amongst my interests are cricket and I'm Treasurer and player at Truro CC- also on the committee of Cornwall County CC. Interested in both family and military history and read widely - mainly on Georgian and Napoleonic themes.

Mat Gazeley

Mat Gazeley
matgazeley@FOLK2FOLK.com
07833 446 870
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I’m a press and media enthusiast specialising in financial services and alternative finance. I manage the public relations here at FOLK2FOLK to raise awareness of our Local Lending Movement and why we exist to help build socially and financially successful communities. I’ve almost a decade’s worth of PR and media experience having worked in the UK’s leading PR agencies and another large P2P lending platform before joining FOLK2FOLK in 2016. Outside of work, you’ll find me hunting down amazing local food in and around the Cotswolds.

Matt Evans

Matt Evans
mattevans@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 351
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After 22 years in Financial Services in London, I moved to Cornwall in 2014 for a seachange and joined FOLK2FOLK in 2015. I’m proud to work for a small local company that has now expanded nationally and delivers an invaluable service for the local community. Outside of work I enjoy walking along the beach with my son at home in Padstow.

Meg Chambers

Meg Chambers
megchambers@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 357
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I am new to the Legal team at FOLK2FOLK so my role is constantly evolving. I recently moved to Cornwall with my fiancé and our beautiful, 11-month-old cocker spaniel, and we are enjoying exploring the lovely countryside and beaches, which is our favourite place to be.

Nicola Purcell

Nicola Purcell
nicolapurcell@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 365
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I have been with FOLK2FOLK in the borrowing team for almost 2 years now. Since I have been here I have seen the business grow from about 8 of us to now almost 50! I moved from Bolton to Cornwall with my family 2 ½ years ago and really enjoy being able to take my dogs on long walks in the woods and to the beach.

Paul Townsend

Paul Townsend
07483 111 353
paultownsend@FOLK2FOLK.com
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I'm an experienced Business Development Manager who loves helping people achieve their dreams and ambitions and putting them in touch with others that help them succeed. I love road cycling which I do all over the country, tennis and I also enjoy watching many sports especially rugby and cricket. I'm also a trustee of a local community hospital building.

Roy Warren

Roy Warren
roywarren@FOLK2FOLK.com
01761 568 081
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I've had a varied career, being a banker to the aristocracy and A-list Hollywood film stars. Over the last 20 years, I have focused on Risk and Portfolio Management, being responsible for global asset management, including landmark real estate projects, rail networks, aviation and marine portfolios. I have a personal interest in property renovation, with a particular interest in sustainable property development. I love spending time with my grandchildren… a great joy of my life.

Sue McIntosh-Gibbs

Sue McIntosh-Gibbs
SueMcIntosh-Gibbs@FOLK2FOLK.com
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I am a Business development manager with many years’ experience in the finance industry. I have recently joined FOLK2FOLK and am thoroughly enjoying being part of an energetic and dedicated team and contributing to The Local Lending Movement!

Tannis Stephens

Tannis Stephens
tannisstephens@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 771 839
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I joined FOLK2FOLK as a Loans Administrator in 2017. I am currently on a work placement year from Plymouth University where I study Business and Tourism BSc (Hons). In my spare time I am an active member of Launceston Young Farmers. I also enjoy keeping active with my Labrador and spending time with my friends and family. 

Tillie Hollis-Leick

Tillie Hollis-Leick
tilliehollisleick@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 354
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I support the Marketing team which means my days and weeks are very varied! I work on anything from assisting with event logistics through to producing metric reports and sales tracking. At home I have 2 cats and 2 dogs and enjoy songwriting, singing with my band and an array of creative hobbies.

Tracey Simm

Tracey Simm
traceysimm@FOLK2FOLK.com
07468 693 505
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I have loved every minute of being part of FOLK2FOLK for several years now. Cornwall is a traditional, diverse and inspiring area to work and the people never fail to make me smile. I relish sitting down together and helping to make that project happen. At home I never tire of enjoying the outdoors life that this wonderful county offers including walking, riding and cycling often accompanied by my two legged and four pawed friends

Veryan Skinner

Veryan Skinner
veryanskinner@FOLK2FOLK.com
01566 788 349
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Having worked in marketing and communications for global and multinational businesses in London, Singapore and Sydney for 20 years, I returned home to the countryside of Devon and Cornwall and began working with small and micro businesses; I have always admired the amazing energy and determination of the entrepreneurs that run them. I'm proud to work for FOLK2FOLK, a company that fills a vital gap in helping local and rural businesses flourish. Outside of work you'll find me running around our 2 boys either on the moor, in the surf or on the rugby pitch!

Our Board

Tim Sawyer CBE

Tim Sawyer CBE

Tim has over 30 years experience in financial services – beginning his career with Lloyds and then Abbey National. Having founded and run Cahoot bank at the start of the internet era, Tim moved on to running a network of banks for the Sampoerna conglomerate of Indonesia.

Tim spent several years as COO for KRBS and was recently Chairman of Banque Dubois in Switzerland. Currently Tim is also CEO of Start Up Loans, a private sector initiative backed by Government with mandate of delivering £350m funding to start up companies so that they can create 50k new jobs.

Tim was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honors List in 2016.

Giles Cross

Giles Cross

Giles brings over 20 years’ experience in marketing financial services. Recently, Giles was responsible for leading the marketing department at wealth management business Sanlam UK where he established the business as a recognized award-winning market leader for digital intelligence. He also previously worked at The English Mutual Group. Giles joined FOLK2FOLK in 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer and was announced as CEO in January 2018.

Mark Parnall

Mark Parnall

Mark Parnall is Managing Director of Parnalls Solicitors and a founder shareholder in FOLK2FOLK. Raised and educated in Cornwall and Devon he worked at Parnalls Solicitors since he was 17, being one of the youngest lawyers to qualify at 21 years old. Mark was articled to his grandfather Roger Parnall and developed a keen interest in Property. Over the years he has built and developed a number of properties in England and abroad. With considerable business management experience, Mark has managed and driven forward diverse businesses, from a road stone quarry to a leisure business on the Mediterranean Coast, where he’s spent considerable amounts of time working as well as in Croatia. He has a good working knowledge of European Business, and in particular French Inheritance issues. Heading the Private Client Department in Parnalls Solicitors with the emphasis on Tax, Property and Succession Planning, Mark has been instrumental in setting up and delivering of the services of FOLK2FOLK, which was carved out of the old private mortgage business of Parnalls.

Louis Mathers

Louis Mathers

Louis is a founder shareholder of FOLK2FOLK and is responsible for IP protection, brand related issues, marketing sign off and public relations, as well as legal oversight. Alongside his drive and passion for developing the FOLK2FOLK business and brand, Louis is a Director and the Head of Parnalls Solicitors Property Department. Having grown up in mid Cornwall and trained as a solicitor in Truro, on qualification, Louis joined the prestigious national firm Burges Salmon LLP where he spent three years before joining Parnalls as a Director in March 2010. With experience in a multitude of sectors including leisure, rural land, agriculture, retail, transport and telecommunications, Louis has acted for a range of clients including public limited companies, investment funds, small and medium sized businesses, charities and private individuals.

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