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Our team

Our passionate team are recognized experts within their areas of expertise.

With over 60 experience of financial lending, business growth support and global technology product build, our award-winning team understand the practical challenges of both raising and leveraging finance for growth

Joel Blake OBE

Founder & CEO

Joel has over 15 years experience of business growth support. He is the former Executive Lead for Access to Finance and Growing Businesses for the GBSLEP supporting the needs of over 10,000 SMEs. He has experience co-founding a financial lending firm that grew by 135% growth and funded over 650 businesses. Outside of GFA Exchange, he is the current Vice-President of the UK's first Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce and a Fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurs. He was awarded an OBE in 2016 for Services to Business Support and Enterprise.

Stuart Muckley

Head of Product

With a passion for technology, Stuart has over 24 years experience across Software Architecture, AI Development, Digital Infrastructure and Technology Consultancy,. His career has led to help lead teams and driving innovation for many of global brands including Microsoft, Fujitsu, GAME and the Universal Music Group.

Phil Weber

Data Scientist

Phil is a UK expert in Forensic Data Science. He leads on the integration of AI with SMEs, Data Analytics and Business Modelling. He worked extensively with globally-leading universities and has a PhD in Computer Science. Prior to working in academia, Phil worked as a Senior Technologist at Egg Financial Services and as a Systems Engineer at ICL.

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