Who are we

Keys Finance have been serving clients and introducers since 1991. Throughout our history, we have successfully navigated many turbulent periods of economic instability and have a long track record of providing innovative and market leading finance solutions. Our business is client driven and we focus on working in partnership to deliver the right answers. To achieve our goals, we seek to encourage distinctiveness and an entrepreneurial spirit in everything we do.
Owen Graham – Managing Director

Meet our team

Directors

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Owen Graham Managing Director

Owen studied Economics and Human Geography at Queen’s University Belfast, before joining the family business, Keys Finance. Owen developed and launched our Premium Finance and Fee Finance products and as Managing Director is now responsible for developing and implementing the Keys Finance corporate strategy as well as overseeing compliance and risk functions. Outside of work Owen enjoys golfing and playing bass guitar.

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Barbara Jordan Finance Director

Having joined Keys Finance right at our inception in 1991, Barbara has accumulated a vast depth of experience within our business. Barbara has been and continues to be, instrumental in developing our operating and finance systems. Now as Finance Director, Barbara is primarily responsible for all our accounting, financial reporting, and treasury functions. Away from the office, Barbara enjoys running and hill walking.

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Craig Leathley Sales Director

Craig joined Keys Finance in 2011, having already gained extensive experience in the insurance and specialist finance markets, within both corporate insurers and banking. Since joining us, Craig has successfully brought our finance products into new territories and as Sales Director is responsible for driving our sales growth and revenues. Always on the go, Craig enjoys spending his spare time hiking and playing squash.

Sales

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Peter Kouset Head of Fee Finance UK

Peter has over 30 years of experience working in the banking, residential mortgage and finance sector in the City of London. Having joined Keys in 2018, as head of Fee Finance, Peter’s role is to develop and lead our Fee Finance product with key introducers in this sector. Peter is a season ticket holder at an unfashionable football team and loves his house music.

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Gail Hanna Business Development Manager

Gail joined Keys Finance in 2016, with over 20 years’ account executive experience in insurance during which she earned a Cert CII qualification. Moving effortlessly from Insurance to Finance, Gail successfully introduced our Fee Finance Product into the Republic of Ireland. Gail is responsible for developing our finance products in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Outside of work, Gail enjoys running and travelling.

Operations

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Claire Downie Operations Manager

With 20 years experience in retail banking at managerial level, Claire joined Keys Finance in 2019. An adept Operations Manager, Claire has established a highly engaged operations team. Her role is to drive the performance of the team, manage risk and ensure the client is at the heart of our business. Claire lives by the sea and is happiest sailing on her boat with her husband.

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Gemma Burnett Sales Support

Following a career in academia, culminating in being awarded a PhD from Peterhouse Cambridge, Gemma returned to Northern Ireland and joined Keys Finance in 2019. A natural problem solver, Gemma took to the financial services world seamlessly and now provides our introducers with the highest levels of personal service. Outside of work, multi-talented Gemma, loves nothing more than performing at an improvisational comedy club.

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Anne Marie Bittles Business Support Administrator

Anne-Marie joined Keys Finance in 2020 with 12 years of retail banking experience as customer service manager. Prior to this Anne-Marie worked in hospitality and retail, so customer service is second nature to Anne-Marie. Her current role is to is to provide top class service to clients and introducers. Anne-Marie is a Mum of three who still fits in time for long walks with her husky.

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Trevor Pugh Business Support Administrator

Prior to joining Keys Finance in 2018, Trevor had over 10 years of wide-ranging administration experience within the private sector. Always keen to assist and a dedicated administrator, Trevor is currently responsible for the processing of new finance agreements, renewals and mid term adjustments. Trevor recently moved into a new home, is a new dog owner and loves to cook.

Legal Counsel

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Joanne Andrews Legal Counsel

Joanne studied Law at University of Dundee, completed the LPC at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, was called to the Bar in 1999 and added to the Role of Solicitors in 2003. Prior to joining Keys in 2021, Joanne gained broad legal experience over 20 years in London and Belfast. Joanne loves watching her children play sports and taking her dog on seaside walks.

Founder

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Alan Graham Founder

Alan founded Keys Group in 1991, following a pioneering career in Irish Financial Services and retired in 2010. Whilst sadly passing away in 2019, Alan’s enthusiasm for finance, gracious approach with business partners and entrepreneurial spirit remains an enduring legacy that we at Keys will always strive to achieve.

Keys Financial Services Limited founded by Alan Graham to provide office equipment leasing.

  • 1991

World Event: 20 paintings are stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Within an hour the paintings, worth $500 million, are found near the museum in an abandoned car.

Keys Premium Finance Limited Formed; first insurance premium finance agreement written.

  • 1996

World Event: The Nintendo 64 video game system debuts in America.

We move into Professional Fee Finance and write our first agreement for the sector.

  • 2006

World Event: UK settles its Anglo-American loan, post-WWII loan debt.

Expansion into Scotland, England and Wales.

  • 2011

World Event: Game of Thrones premieres - The fantasy TV series, based on George R R Martin's novels, premiered on HBO in April 2011.

The 25th anniversary of Keys. Expansion into Republic of Ireland.

  • 2016

World Event: The 2016 Summer Olympics are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the first time in a South American nation.

Keys post record sales growth. Move into new and expanded premises.

  • 2019

World Event: Fossil fragments found in the Callao Cave in the Philippines reveal the existence of a new species of human, the Homo luzonensis. The species is named after Luzon island, where the fossils were discovered.

1991

Keys Financial Services Limited founded by Alan Graham to provide office equipment leasing.

1996

Keys Premium Finance Limited Formed; first insurance premium finance agreement written.

2006

We move into Professional Fee Finance and write our first agreement for the sector.

2011

Expansion into Scotland, England and Wales.

2016

The 25th anniversary of Keys. Expansion into Republic of Ireland.

2019

Keys post record sales growth. Move into new and expanded premises.

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