Our regional teams comprise of some of the most experienced professionals in the industry.

Our Regional Leadership Team

Our Regional Leadership Teams

​Our regional teams comprise some of the most experienced professionals in the industry. Their expertise and passion for helping companies achieve their ambitions is the driving force behind our business.  You will find our team friendly, approachable and always available to support you every step of the way. 


Marc Cleisham

Operations Manager - Scotland

Marc joined the business in 2017 as Operations Manager to support the growth of our Scottish operation and specifically to manage relationships across our client portfolio.  He joins us from Aldermore where he is proud of a 14-year career predominantly in client facing roles and latterly as Head of Relationship Management, where he was responsible for managing the operational team who were focussed on looking after the client portfolio to ensure their needs were met.  He supplemented this with a two-year spell in business development working with local businesses to ensure they had fast access to funding facilities before returning to the operations arena.

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The North

Alethea Chester

Operations Director - Manchester

Althea is a consummate Client Relationship professional who is driven by her passion to deliver excellence in every area of the client service.  She has over two decades of experience having started her financial services career at Aldermore culminating two decades later as Head of Client Relationship Management.   She made the move to join Advantedge as Operations Director in 2014 to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to this fast-growing team.

Tracey Parker

Risk Manager - Manchester

Tracey has built a strong pedigree within the industry in both risk and operations roles in her pursuit to protect the interests of both clients and the business.  Financial Services through and through, Tracey has over 25-years’ experience within the industry having cut her teeth at RBS working her way upwards within Client Relations resulting in running two teams. She moved onto Aldermore expanding her skill set with a natural move into Risk. Following 2 years as Risk Manager, she joined Advantedge in 2017 with overall responsibility for managing risk for our Northern and Scottish regions.  Her main responsibility is to oversee all new business deals whilst developing and bringing consistency to processes and procedures across the Group, building risk knowledge across our Operations and Sales teams as we grow.

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Karen Fisher

Senior Relationship Manager

Karen joined Advantedge in 2019 as Senior Relationship Manager bringing her solid background in risk and client management to support the continuing growth of our Midlands operation.  With responsibility for managing our client portfolio her main drive is to ensure we deliver a market leading service which exceeds our clients’ expectations.   She also prides herself on maintaining a keen eye on risk management whilst working hard to deliver effective solutions to evolving client situations.

She has a wealth of experience gained across the industry in a risk and client relationship capacity having started her financial services career with Lloyds before moving to Bibby Financial Services.  She joins us from Gener8 Finance marking her move back to the Midlands.


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The South

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Emma Dungey

Associate Director - Transition & Risk

Emma has an enviable track record gained over nearly three decades within the financial services arena having a wealth of experience across operations, risk and business change roles.   Having worked in both traditional and FinTech environments her experience covers underwriting, managing structured exposures and recovery strategies across both invoice finance and stock finance.  Having gained experience within some major industry stalwarts including Lloyds TSB, Kellock, Five Arrows and EuroSales, she moved onto Bibby Financial Services, where she held an operational role before moving into their business change team.  Having led many business change initiatives she moved on to become a founding member of Verus 360, a FinTech start up.  She chose to join Advantedge in 2017 post their MBO to support the transition of the business as it moves to its next stage.  Her main responsibilities are overseeing the Groups underwriting, operational risk initiatives and business change strategies including implementation. 

Ian Ward

Associate Director – Operations – Thames Valley

Ian joined the business in 2017 to head up the Thames Valley Client Operations team with overall responsibility for managing and driving efficiencies within the operational and risk functions.  Having spent over a decade in invoice finance enjoying senior Operations and Sales roles within the bank and independent sectors, Ian went on to establish a successful consultancy business facilitating smarter funding solutions to growing SME’s across the Thames Valley before returning to the fold to lead a high performing ACF Operations team with a passion for exceptional client service.  

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Wales & South West

Helen Melody

Head of Operations – Newport

Helen is well known across the industry having built up a credible reputation within the client operations arena over many years.  Helen has overall responsibility for managing both the relationship and risk management aspect of the Newport office.  She is well equipped for the role having gained experience as Head of Risk at Bibby Financial Services and Head of Operations at Henry Howard Cashflow Finance.  She joined the Advantedge team following the acquisition of Henry Howard Cashflow Finance in 2018 and is looking forward to continuing to deliver her passion for excellence in Client Service.

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    The recognition from our clients that we are doing a good job is all we need.  However, it is still nice to receive accolades from the finance sector recognising what we do.  We were delighted to achieve an “All-Round Excellence” award in 2016 and the "Introducers Champion" 2018 award from a prestigious finance publication.

    We are always looking for talented and client focussed individuals to join our team.  If you are passionate about supporting client growth and believe you have what it takes, then get in contact with us today.

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