Meet The Team - Minerva
Meet The Team
Investor security is paramount to our business and is central to every decision we make. Part of what makes us so effective is the knowledge and experience of our team. We are property and property finance experts. We have a team of highly skilled people with many years experience across all key areas of the real estate and financial spectrum.
We have delivered over £430 million of funding facilities to private and public companies.
Minerva Lending plc
Dr Reeves Knyght has a background in international tax law and more than a decade of working in corporate finance and private equity. He has specialised in large, complex cross-border transactions, both from debt and equity perspectives, covering aircraft, shipping, rolling stock and construction and agricultural plant through to hospitals and power stations, with a transaction history of more than US$3 billion. His extensive and diverse background, with specific focus on debt placement, is a real benefit to Minerva and its investors through the detailed assessment of the deal flow and opportunities that will arise.
Ross Andrews has over 30 years of experience as a corporate adviser in the London capital market. He has held board positions in a variety of stockbroking businesses. Most recently he was on the Board of Zeus Capital during which period it underwent significant growth in revenues. Ross has experience of advising companies across a variety of sectors, strong corporate governance skills, and currently acts as chairman and non-executive director to a small portfolio of private and public quoted companies.
Alongside Dr. Reeves Knyght, Ross is responsible for checking and verifying the commercial viability of all loan applications as well as assisting with corporate governance responsibilities.
Minerva Lending Management Limited
Richard Gore focuses on financial and credit analysis for all new investment and corporate lending deals, and is responsible for all financial reporting for Minerva Lending plc. He also assists with the corporate administration, including helping to prepare loan origination documentation, board documents, and liaising with third party providers including the legal and audit functions.
Martin Drummond leads the legal department at Minerva Lending Management Limited. His role includes both the internal legal requirements of the company as well as the management of outside legal counsel. He provides legal guidance with the aim of maintaining appropriate safe guards through risk adverse strategies to ensure the protection of lender interests.
Tim Mycock focuses on deal origination, property development investment, senior and mezzanine lending and equity financing opportunities. Tim has arranged funding in excess of £350 million for real estate transactions in the UK, Europe and around the world. He has also developed property both in the UK and overseas, and successfully managed teams in those locations.
Theo Theodosiadis heads the Investment Analysis team. His responsibilities include in-depth market research on all corporate lending and investment deals that we review, as well as the preparation of financial appraisals for the projects. He has over five years of experience in market research, due diligence investigation, business management reporting, data analysis, business development, and account management, in the property, automotive, and fertilisers industries. Theo’s analytical background, in combination with his financial education, helps him thoroughly appraise each corporate lending and investment deal.
Stella Gkotsi is part of the Investment Analysis team, with the main goal to assist with the decision-making process by constructing bespoke financial models and conducting in-depth market research. She has over six years experience in both the UK and Greece as a Financial Analyst and Auditor, where her main responsibilities included management and audit reporting, and financial modelling. Stella is a Registered Member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Institute.
The Credit Committee
The Credit Committee plays a vital role in ensuring that the loans we make are as sound, profitable and risk-free as possible. The members consider and approve all the loan proposals submitted by the Collateral Manager. The committee has three members:
A qualified accountant, Daniel Kaonga is a Business, Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management Consultant with more than 25 years of banking and financial services industry experience. Daniel is currently consulting as Interim Risk Manager for EMEA businesses of Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) Corporate Trust. His experience in undertaking external and internal audits and business risk assessments, combined with five years at the FCA as a senior regulator, provides him with the invaluable insight required by this position.
Alex Lowrie has spent 13 years in investment banking, accumulating a diverse institutional client base of European pension funds, family offices, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds. He has also held directorships at Deutsche Bank and RBS. Alex co-founded Telemark Capital LLP, of which he is a partner, structuring bespoke investment solutions in trade finance.
David Newton co-founded Telemark Capital LLP after a career in investment banking, where he worked for a number of investment banks, using his in-depth expertise in merger arbitrage and equity long/short strategies, servicing hedge fund clients in Europe and the United States. David’s career history also includes directorships at Barclays and UBS.