Colin Storrar

Group Chief Executive Officer

Colin Storrar

Group Chief Executive Officer

Colin became Group CEO on 10th June 2019, having first joined Lowell as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2013. 

Previously he was at HSBC Bank PLC, where he managed a multi-billion pound asset base for both First Direct and HSBC’s contact centre and digital channels. Before joining HSBC, Colin held a number of senior roles with GE Consumer Finance, and has extensive audit and consultancy experience with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte.

Colin is a Qualified Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern History from the University of Leeds, and an MSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics.

 

Laurence Bogni-Bartholmé

Group Chief Risk Officer

Laurence Bogni-Bartholmé

Group Chief Risk Officer

Laurence is Chief Risk Officer at Lowell and is responsible for ensuring that the Group's Governance, Risk, Compliance and Control frameworks are operating effectively, and built into strategic planning.

She joined Lowell in September 2017, from Wells Fargo’s Corporate Risk division in London, where she was the EMEA Head of International Risk Oversight. Having initially joined international audit, tax and accountancy firm, KPMG, from university, Laurence held senior Risk roles at some of the most respected names in financial services across Europe, including Credit Agricole and GE Capital.

Laurence is a graduate of the University Paris-Dauphine (UPD), with post-graduate studies (UK Master’s degree equivalence) at UPD and University Aix-en-Provence.

Dr Christopher Trepel

Group Chief Science Officer

Dr Christopher Trepel

Group Chief Science Officer

Chris is Group Chief Science Officer at Lowell and leads the multidisciplinary Decision Science department responsible for asset valuation, predictive modelling, financial forecasting, and consumer science R&D. He is also an Operating Partner in Fenway Summer LLC's venture capital fund (Bethesda, MD, USA), focused on emerging FinTech companies.

Previously Chief Scientific Officer at Encore Capital Group, Chris built and directed the analytics and Corporate Affairs functions, launched a pioneering research platform focused on consumer financial decision making, and authored the industry’s first Consumer Bill of Rights. Before that, he held analytic and strategic roles at Wells Fargo Bank and McKinsey & Company.

Chris holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology, has completed postdoctoral fellowships in Neurophysiology and Behavioural Economics, and is lead or co-author of more than 65 academic and professional publications.

Eva Eisenschimmel

Chief of Staff

Eva Eisenschimmel

Chief of Staff

After consulting to Lowell for one year, Eva was appointed Chief of Staff in April 2017, working directly with the CEO and CFO to advance the corporate agenda. Eva is currently a Non-Executive Director for Saga plc. Prior to joining Lowell, Eva held senior positions at Lloyds Banking Group, EDF Energy (UK) Limited, Allied Domecq plc and British Airways. Eva is a graduate from Aston University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration and French.

Jamie Wilson

Group Chief Financial Officer

Jamie Wilson

Group Chief Financial Officer

Jamie joined Lowell in March 2020. He has wide senior leadership experience, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Avon Products Inc.  Before that, he spent over a decade in senior roles at SABMiller, latterly as Chief Finance Officer and a Main Board Director.

Having gained a degree in Law from Edinburgh University, Jamie started his career as a trainee accountant & corporate tax manager, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and joined the finance team at Highland Distillers, before being appointed MD of Highland Malt Distilling. He continued to build his career in the drinks sector, by working within Remy Cointreau and Scottish & Newcastle PLC, before joining SAB Miller PLC.

John Pears

UK Managing Director

John Pears

UK Managing Director

John joined Lowell in May 2018 bringing over 18 years of credit management, operations and risk experience to his role as UK Managing Director. John’s career spans across global financial firms, including Bank of America, MBNA Europe Bank Ltd and most recently as Credit Risk and Operations Director at Shop Direct. John has a BA (Hons) in Geography from Liverpool University.

Johan Agerman

Nordics Managing Director

Johan Agerman

Nordics Managing Director

Johan joined the Group in March 2019 as Managing Director of our Nordic region.

Johan has an extensive career at senior management level, including serving as the CEO of Länsförsäkringar AB. Before that, he was the CEO of Trygg-Hansa, the Swedish brand RSA Insurance Group, where he also held various roles including IS & Change Director and CIO.

His experience as an industry expert is highly valued and utilized by the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, where he is supporting a PhD student and two professors on their thesis.

Johan holds a BSc in Business Administration from Uppsala University, and has participated in the Advanced Management Programme at Stockholm School of Economics. He also served as a Naval Officer at the Swedish Naval Academy.

Holger Taubmann

DACH Managing Director

Holger Taubmann

DACH Managing Director

Holger joined Lowell as Managing Director DACH in November 2018. He heads the DACH Executive Team and is also a member of the Group Executive Committee.

Before joining Lowell, Holger was CEO of Barcelona-based software company Scytl Innovating Democracy. In a 20-year career with Amadeus IT Group, he held a number of roles and rose to become a member of the Executive Management Board.

Holger has been a member of the Advisory Board of several organisations, including AERTICKET AG, and was Chair of the Supervisory Board of IFAO AG. He also holds Masters’ degree from Goethe University, Frankfurt and an Executive MBA from Stanford University Graduate Business School.

Gary Edwards

Group Chief Information Officer

Gary Edwards

Group Chief Information Officer

Gary was appointed Chief Information Officer of Lowell in November 2012, bringing with him nearly 40 years of experience in IT and business transformation and significant expertise in the finance sector in the UK, USA and Europe.

He joined Lowell from Thomas Cook PLC where he was Group CIO. Prior to this Gary held senior positions across a range of major organisations, including Barclaycard where he drove forward major IT strategy and transformation programmes.

Bitte Ferngren

Group Chief People Officer

Bitte Ferngren

Group Chief People Officer

A law graduate of the University of Stockholm, Bitte joined the Group in June 2020 from Scandic Hotels, where she was Senior Vice President Group HR and Sustainability. Before that, she spent four years as HR Director for Royal Sun Alliance Scandinavia and previously served in various roles with TeliaSonera. Bitte has experience of working across multiple countries, has financial services experience, and has been responsible for driving people transformation with companies of similar size to Lowell.

Thomas Lingen

Group General Counsel

Thomas Lingen

Group General Counsel

Thomas joined Lowell as Group General Counsel in May 2020.

Thomas began his career with Arthur Andersen and has progressed through a variety of in-house roles: first with Crown Cork & Seal Holding, then for 12 years with Ingram Micro Holdings, advising on wide-ranging transactions across multiple markets.  His experience includes leading legal functions for multinational business across a variety of transactions and industry sectors, and his management experience includes private equity ownership. Most recently, Thomas was with Office Depot Europe (based in the Netherlands) for nearly six years and had significant responsibilities across 13 countries.