UK Management Team
David has been Finance Director of SGEF’s UK business since 2001. He started his career at KPMG and, since leaving there, has gained over 20 years of experience at a senior management level within the UK leasing industry.
David is member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a degree in Classics from Durham University.
LinkedIn: David Yates-Mercer
Dominic Hughes, joined the industry in 1994 as a graduate trainee at Hitachi Credit. Dominic became Operational Business Development Director of SGEF UK in October 2013 having spent 6 years as Head of High Tech developing the small ticket business and growing market share with predominantly international IT vendors and IT lessors.
Dominic is now responsible for the New Business, Customer Services and Internal Account Manager teams and the development and deployment of Sales Enabling Technology such as Engage, SGEF UK’s online proposal tool.
Before joining SGEF UK, Dominic held sales positions assisting vendors and resellers grow their sales through the use of finance across diverse markets including IT, Office Equipment, Printing, Machine Tools and Fork Lift Trucks.
Dominic holds a Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) Diploma and has a degree in German and Management Science from Keele University.
Steve Bowden joined SGEF UK in 1997 and has been Sales Director since 2001. Steve started his banking career at ABN Bank in the City of London before moving into equipment finance at the Royal Bank of Canada.
At SGEF UK, Steve is responsible the Hi-tech, Transport, Industrial, Construction and Public Sector business lines.
Steve has a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Kent.
Giles Turner is an economics graduate from Exeter University. He joined the industry in 1984 after a short spell with Xerox. Before becoming the Managing Director of SGEF UK, Giles held senior positions in general management, sales and asset management within SGEF UK and its predecessor, Hambros Bank. Prior to Hambros Bank, between 1984 and 1995 he held various position in sales, risk, vendor finance and management with Forward Trust and Concord Leasing, both members of HSBC Group.
Giles became Managing Director of Societe Generale Equipment Finance UK in 2002. Since that time he has led a team which has expanded the business to serve a much wider selection of markets, customers and ticket sizes. Service levels to customers have significantly improved with automated approval systems, web delivery, faster turnarounds and a greater understanding of each sector.
The business is now a leading provider of vendor and partner programmes across the full equipment range in the UK. During this period the business has grown its income more than fivefold.
Giles is an Associate of Institute of Financial Services.
Before becoming the Managing Director of SGEF UK, Giles Turner held senior positions in general management, sales and asset management within SGEF UK. Between 1984 and 1995 he held various positions in sales, risk, vendor finance and management with Forward Trust and Concord Leasing, both members of HSBC Group.
Giles became Managing Director of Societe Generale Equipment Finance UK in 2002.