Management Team

John Blanchflower

Managing Partner

With 25 years of industry experience working with companies across a wide sector range, taking in engineering, pharmaceutical, recycling through to retailing, structuring deals to accomodate growth and development.

John’s career includes running the Commercial Finance division at Alliance & Leicester, MD of Leeds Leasing plc, Haydock Finance Ltd and ULL Industrial Ltd, operating both in credit and constructing deals with clients.

He has also conducted a number of “hands on” business turnarounds along with business acquisitions, development and sales. John is also CEO of corporate finance boutique Arkios Ltd.

John holds an ACIB and a degree in Law from the College of Law.

With 18 years of finance, banking and leasing experience including Close Brothers Bank, RBS & Lombard, Warren has a wide experience of the funding of different industry sectors.

Most recently specialising in renewable energy but also with direct hands on experience in the engineering and oil & gas sector.

Warren joined B&YCP in 2011 predominantly to manage client relationships in UK and Republic of Ireland and is responsible for opening and running the Operations Office in Scotland.

Allistair is an experienced ABL and leasing specialist, having started his career as an underwriter with Lloyds and Scottish in the 1970s.

He also has hands on experience of all aspects of the motor industry, having also worked at a senior level within Ford and Nissan, as well as originating a large operating lease commercial vehicle fleet at MV Commercials as operations director.

Allistair joined B&YCP in 2011 to deal with clients in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and continues to run a specialist commercial vehicle contract hire book.

Hugh Shelmerdine


Hugh Shelmerdine has been involved in the Finance Industry for over 40 years in a wide variety of roles but has always focused on relationship management enabling deals to happen.

Hugh has worked for UDT, Chemical Bank, HSBC (Concord Leasing), Nikko Bank, De Lage Landen and most recently SQN.

Hugh has a wide range of experience of many types of assets, vendor programmes and project finance but fundamentally enjoys working with people to get the deal financed.

Gael McNeill

Sales Support

Gael joined the company in 2018. She has over 20 years’ experience within the Motor Finance sector gaining vast knowledge of Underwriting, Document Processing, Collections, Account Management and Administration whilst working for First National and Close Brothers.

Gael is based in the Operations Centre in Dunfermline providing support to the sales team in all aspects of the back office function.

Louise Murphy

Office Manager

Louise and has over 25 years’ experience of Asset Finance in Processing, Collections , Customer Service and Account Administration working for Lombard & First National.

Louise is located in the Operations Centre in Dunfermline providing support to the sales team in all aspects of the back office function.

John comes from a corporate financing background, and has spent his career working with private and public companies across a range of sectors in the UK and Internationally. John is also a Director at Arkios, a corporate finance boutique alongside John Blanchflower.

In the past two years he has worked on deals in industries as diverse as engineering, O&G services, security and financial services, covering companies and investors across the UK, US, Europe, Middle East (including Iraq and Afghanistan) and India.

John is a Member of the CFA Society of the UK, an Associate of the Securities and Investment Institute and holds a BSc in Economics & Finance from Loughborough University.