S&U Plc provides consumer and motor finance services. Its products include small personal loans and motor finance. The company operates in more than 25 regions. It operates along with its subsidiaries including, Advantage Finance Ltd. The company was founded by Clifford Coombs in 1938 and is headquartered in Solihull, the United Kingdom.
Joined S&U in 1975 and was appointed Managing Director in 1999 and then Chairman in 2008. Between 1987 and 1997 served as a Member of Parliament and was a member of the Government. Serves on the Executive of the Consumer Credit Association and chairs its Public Relations Committee and is a director of a number of companies and charities including chairing the trustees of the National Institute for Conductive Education.
Graham Coombs MA (Oxon) MSc (Lon), Deputy Chairman
Joined S&U after graduating from London Business School in 1976. He is responsible for the subsidiary, S D Taylor Limited and for property matters.
Chris Redford ACA, Group Finance Director
A Chartered accountant with over 10 years business experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods, food and travel sectors prior to his appointment as Finance Director of Advantage Finance in 1999. Following a successful start up period for Advantage he was appointed as Group Finance Director with effect from 1 March 2004.
Guy Thompson, Managing Director of Advantage Finance
Guy joined the Group in 1999 as Managing Director of Advantage Finance and has overseen an excellent performance in their first 12 years. Guy has a strong track record in the finance and motor sectors and since his appointment brings these skills to the Board of S&U plc.
Mike Mullins, Managing Director of Home Credit
Mike joined S&U in 1997 and started out as an agent in the then Newton Abbot branch covering Torbay, after 9 months taking over as branch manager of the same branch. He then moved through different ranks of management and in September 2009 assumed overall control of our Group home credit operations.
Mike Thompson DMS FIoD, Managing Director of SD Taylor Limited
First joined the Group in 1985 as an SD Taylor representative in the Warrington and Widnes areas and has had wider Home Credit experience with Provident and Shopacheck. Rejoined the Group as a manager in 1994, and was appointed SD Taylor Managing Director in 2000 since when Mike has successfully overseen significant growth in our northern home credit operation.
Demetrios Markou MBE FCA, Non-executive
A Chartered Accountant with over 35 years experience in public practice in Birmingham and director of many private companies. He has extensive commercial and political experience.
Keith Smith TD FCIM, Non-executive
A former member of the London Stock Exchange and Fellow of the Securities Institute, he has been a principal in stockbroking firms for more than thirty years, specialising in corporate finance. He is the senior non-executive director.
Fiann Coombs BA (Lon) MSc (Lon), Non-executive
An economic analyst with wide-ranging professional and commercial skills and experience, Fiann has brought these skills to the considerable benefit of the S&U Group since his appointment to the Board in 2002.