The Team - Rigby Capital - A Better Way to Fund IT

The team

Based in Surrey, close to both London and Thames Valley’s high-tech corridor, you’ll benefit from more than 100 years’ top-tier experience of our senior team, including within the major IT financing players: HP Financial Services, Microsoft Financing, ECS, Lombard and Cisco Capital.

This experience, coupled with our more agile business structure, and Rigby Group plc’s impeccable track record and long-established supplier relationships, enables us to offer world class, bespoke funding solutions which unlock value for our clients.

Our diverse client roster includes major blue chip brands, government bodies and charitable organisations. We have a team of specialists to support these clients, building long-term trusted relationships across the lifetime of the IT systems and beyond.

Board of directors

Nigel Jenkins, Managing Director

Nigel Jenkins, Managing Director, Portrait

Nigel joined the Rigby Group in July 2014 specifically to launch Rigby Capital. He has a strong background in the financial services market with three major US corporations; Hewlett Packard, Microsoft Financing and Cisco Capital. Throughout his career, Nigel has a track record of building or transforming sales operations to deliver revenue growth at both a UK and international level. 

Nigel leads the team behind Rigby Capital; with 4 years of success under his belt, the evidence stacks up that new more flexible, customer-centric funding models are increasingly being realised as an attractive commodity as the IT market continues to develop.  

Chris Gleasure, Commercial Director

Chris Gleasure, Commercial Director, Portrait

Chris is a highly experienced asset finance professional with experience of launching and building a range of leasing and financing businesses. Focused, energetic and inclusive, he has board level experience of both mature and start-up leasing entities. 

He joined Rigby Capital in January 2015 from Advantage Business Partnerships where he was Business Growth Partner. His twenty-year industry experience also includes time spent at Hitachi and Xerox, as well as ECS and Lombard in Ireland.
In addition to business growth, Chris’ strengths include value proposition development, training, process optimisation, system selection and out-sourcing opportunities. He leads the Rigby Capital operational team and has scoped, defined and documented all of our processes and policies. He has also built a range of long-term wholesale funding partner relationships and is the joint architect of Rigby Capital’s unique value proposition.

John Taylor, Director – Rigby Technology Investments, M2 and Rigby Capital

John Taylor, Director – Rigby Technology Investments, M2 and Rigby Capital, Portrait

John Taylor joined Rigby Group plc following the sale of M2 to SCC (Rigby Group’s main technology business). Prior to this he worked with private equity investor, ECI llp, in the successful strategic turnaround of its investment in M2.

Before working with M2, John, a qualified accountant, held senior positions in finance, operations, sales and main Board roles at Lex Vehicle Leasing. The company, a £3bn lessor and fleet management provider, worked with Lex’s joint venture owners on strategic projects within RAC plc, HBOS plc and Lloyds Banking Group.

John continues to support the growth of M2 within SCC, now a recognised world leader in managed print services. His work with Rigby Technology Investments supports specialist data, mobile and unified communication businesses scale and growth. John was also a key architect in the origination of Rigby Capital and supports the business in its ambitious growth plans in the UK and Europe.

Steve Rigby, Chief Operating Officer, Rigby Group

Steve Rigby, Chief Operating Officer, Rigby Group, Portrait

In addition to his role as Chief Operating Officer for the Rigby Group, Steve also heads up the group’s Real Estate and Financial Services divisions. Furthermore, he is responsible for finance, M&A and the family office investment portfolio.

Steve sits on the boards of Technology and Airport businesses and chairs the boards of Rigby & Rigby, Rigby Technology Investments, Rigby Private Equity and Rigby Capital, the group’s financial services business.

Steve has three children and splits his time between London and his home in the Midlands and is a keen polo player.

Katrina Christensen, Finance Director

Katrina Christensen, Finance Director, Portrait

Katrina is a qualified accountant with more than twenty years’ experience.

Prior to joining Rigby Capital Ltd, Katrina worked for KPMG New Zealand and Romania, in addition to PwC Papua New Guinea. Katrina joined Throgmorton UK Ltd in 2006, acting as Business Unit Director and overseeing the management of over 100 financial services clients.  Katrina became Chief Financial Officer from 2013 until 2015, when she established a small consulting business which she ran until her appointment at Rigby Capital.  

Outside of work, Katrina enjoys family life, travelling and sightseeing in Europe. As a New Zealander, Katrina is a dedicated follower of the All Blacks and rugby in general.

Regional managers

Nick Talbot-Butler, Regional Manager, North

Nick has nearly 30 years’ experience in asset financing. After spending the first 10 years in general assets with the Bank of Scotland he moved into the IT sector and enjoyed successful spells with HP Financial Services, Lombard Technology Services and Dell Financial Services before he joined Rigby Capital on launch day. Nick brings a wealth of managed service, deal structuring and vendor support experience to Rigby Capital.

Roger Sinclair, Regional Manager, South

Roger is an experienced IT financing specialist with over 20 years' experience in the industry. Having joined SCC in 2015, Roger works as a Regional Manager supporting SCC’s Rigby Capital finance services in the UK Public Sector and the Southern Commercial market place. Modelling financial solutions for customers, Roger enables them to procure the IT services they require through both leasing and enabling SCC’s IT as a Service agreements.

Simon Everidge, Regional Manager, Vendor Development

Simon has extensive experience of providing technology financing solutions across the whole IT supply chain, having worked at Dell and GE Capital for many years. He works with vendors, partners, end users and financiers to create compelling solutions to deliver the business outcomes required for all parties. He also has extensive Lean Six Sigma experience gained within the field of operational excellence. Simon brings with him a wealth of know-how and enthusiasm - and joins Rigby Capital at a time of unprecedented growth and opportunity for our business.

Ian Thomas, Regional Manager, South East

Ian has 25 years’ experience in asset financing. After spending the first 10 years in general assets with Lombard Asset Finance, he moved into the IT sector and enjoyed successful spells with both Lombard in the UK and HP Financial Services in Ireland. Ian brings a wealth of managed service, deal structuring and leasing experience to Rigby Capital and will be focusing on forging stronger relationships with our existing customers, and championing our new Asset Management as a Service offering.