Meet our People

Our team is filled with smart, optimistic people who enjoy working with others to achieve highly ambitious goals.

Business Development Team

We are a team of multi-skilled and seasoned bankers with extensive experience supporting UK growth businesses. Collectively, we have closed transactions in a broad range of industries where we have structured debt solutions ranging from simple business loans to highly structured leverage finance products. We strive to ensure every transaction is formulated within our multi-disciplined team environment to ensure the best solution is achieved.

Ben Barbanel

Head of Debt Finance

Priya Chauhan

Director, Debt Finance

Deepesh Thakrar

Director, Debt Finance

Surinder Sidhu

Director, Debt Finance

Trevor Morris

Director, Debt Finance

Ben Wulwik

Director, Legal

Mohith Sondhi

Director, Debt Finance

Damien Hughes

Director, Property Finance

Stuart Blair

Director, Debt Finance

Georgy Naydenov

Director, Debt Finance

Miranda Panayiotou

Client Onboarding Manager

Arshad Iqbal

Analyst, Debt Finance

Credit Committee

We invite clients to attend the Credit Committee meeting to discuss their business, growth plans, and funding requirements. All the key decision-makers sit in the Credit Committee allowing for a direct and no-nonsense forum to discuss the transaction with the borrowers.

Rishi Khosla

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Neil Evans

Head of Credit Risk

Graham Olive

Interim Deputy CEO

James Cashmore

Chief Risk Officer


OakNorth takes significant pride in having great leadership from its Board members. OakNorth’s Board has very highly experienced individuals across bank management and regulatory affairs.

Cyrus Ardalan


Rishi Khosla

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Joel Perlman

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Graham Olive

Deputy CEO

Adair Turner

Senior Independent Director

Robert Burgess

Non-Executive Director

Ajit Mittal

Non-Executive Director

Gagan Banga

Non-Executive Director