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Company Structure

The structure of North West Business Finance is as follows:  


Chief Executive Officer

Cliff MaylorCliff Maylor, CEO NWBF
Cliff joined NWBF in December 2010 as chief financial officer. He is a Liverpool Chartered Accountant with a strong entrepreneurial background in the SME arena. After qualifying, Cliff spent four years in corporate finance before establishing a number of successful owner-managed businesses. As chief executive, he assumes responsibility for the day-to-day running of the company and the overall management of The Fund.



The board of North West Business Finance is made up of senior and experienced figures from across the professional services sector and across the region: 

Malcolm EdgeMalcolm Edge, Chairman NWBF
Malcolm was one of two Vice Chairmen of KPMG in the UK. Malcolm has various management roles within KPMG and also sat on its UK and European Boards and was a member of those Boards remuneration committees. In terms of clients, he had a portfolio of clients ranging from listed plc's to smaller entrepreneurial businesses.

Clive BrookClive Brook
A qualified accountant and a former Corporate Finance Partner at PKF in Manchester, Clive had previously worked for 3i plc. He has been heavily involved in both the establishment of NWBF and previous public sector venture capital funds. 

Mike PrinceMichael Prince
A qualified solicitor, working for companies such as 3i plc and DLA Piper, Michael currently holds non-executive and advisory positions at Solerox Ltd and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Previous appointments include Chairman of David McLean Group Ltd and Non-Executive Director of MTL Services PLC.

Rory EarleyRory Earley
Rory has spent more than twenty years working with the UK Government on the development and implementation of various venture capital and lending programmes. Previous roles have included; CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Capital for Enterprise, prior to which he was Senior Investment Manager at Westport Private Equity Ltd, designing and investing in venture capital funds around the world. Rory was also responsible for developing and implementing the UK Government's first interventions in venture capital funds in the 1990s.


Investment Advisory Panel

NWBF has an experienced independent Investment Advisory Panel, whose role is to provide advice from time to time, to the NWBF Board, and includes:

Brenda SmithBrenda Smith
Brenda is formerly the Managing Director of Granada Television and a Board member of NWDA. With a career in media, Brenda is the IAP member with specific focus on the digital and creative priority sector.

Clive BrookClive Brook As above. 


John NicholsonJohn Nicholson  John has extensive experience of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and the management of early stage technology businesses. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Gentronix Ltd.  John is the IAP member with specific focus on the biomedical priority sector.