Meet the leadership
Dominick Peasley, CA
Chief Executive Officer
Dominick is CEO of SPRK Capital. Prior to joining SPRK he was responsible for all lending capital at Funding Circle, the largest platform lender to small businesses in the UK. He joined pre-IPO to institutionalise their capital base and during his tenure there raised over £5bn of new capital to support SMEs in the UK. He was instrumental in the UK Government loan schemes, through CBILS, BBLS and most recently the RLS programme.
Before that, Dominick co-founded Capital-B a FinTech advisory and capital placement agency focused on developing lending businesses. Prior to this Dominick worked for Goldman Sachs where he headed distribution for its asset management business in the UK and with global banks. Dominick qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC and is a Fellow of the ICAEW. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Durham University.
Head of Operations
Kyp has over 12 years’ experience in financial services with a focus on SME lending and FinTech platform operations. He joined from Funding Circle where he was most recently Head of Investor Services for UK & Europe having held positions including Operations Manager for Capital Markets. Prior to this Kyp held similar roles at Goldman Sachs in both Investor Services and Derivative Operations having obtained a first-class degree in Economics.
Head of Business Development
James has more than 15 years’ experience in financial services with a focus on supporting SMEs with lending and growth opportunities. He joined from EY where he was the Business Development leader for their UK and Ireland tax department. Prior to this James held similar roles through his career at PwC, RSM and Moore Stephens (Acquired by BDO).
Head of Underwriting
Jas has over 20 years of experience in financial services with a focus on SME underwriting. He joins from AskIf where he was instrumental in designing the underwriting and monitoring policies for their lending operations. Jas held similar roles at Relendex and worked with the founding team of Sprk at Funding Circle where he helped implement their underwriting policies, joining in 2012 as one of the first employees. Prior to this, he held positions at Euler Hermes and ING in commercial underwriting.
Head of Technology Development
Ivan has more than 15 years’ experience in complex software development. He joins from Willis Towers Watson where he led the development team on their Gateway Platform. Prior to this Ivan was one of the early technology development team at Hometrack part of Zoopla, the UK’s leading property search and valuation company.
Mia joined our graduate programme in 2023. Having successfully built her first business during lockdown, gaining 1000s of social media followers, Mia is focussed on the expansion of Sprk’s marketing strategy and working to support our business development team with borrower enquiries.
Tony Brennan, CA
Founder & Chairman
Tony is a Chartered Accountant with a career of more than 40 years and was previously a tax partner in an Australian accounting firm. Tony has played a leading role in a range of stock exchange listed companies, including Managing Director and Chairman of numerous Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and London Stock Exchange (LSE) listed companies.
Tony was the founding Chairman and major shareholder of Radium Capital, the leader in Australia’s R&D lending sector until selling the company in December 2019 to the US fund that has provided Radium all its lending capital.
Non Executive Director
Simon is the CEO and a partner at Newstead Capital, managing investment portfolios for institutional and supranational entities.
Prior to joining Newstead, Simon was a founding partner of MW Eaglewood Europe LLP, now part of Pollen Street Capital. During his tenure there he raised £870m of capital for P2P Global Investment Plc. Before that, Simon was a Director of Equity Sales and Equity Capital Markets at Dresdner Kleinwort, J.P. Morgan Cazenove and most recently Liberum. As a founder and former board Director of Liberum, Simon was part of a number of transactions in the equity space and has advised many new technology companies in equity and debt raisings.
Non Executive Director
David was the co-founder of Radium Capital which is currently the largest R&D loan business in Australia. Following its scale-up, David also oversaw its subsequent sale in 2019. He founded Enably, Australia’s first fully automated online lending platform offering personal loans through a digital experience.
David also founded Kikka Capital an online lending platform offering small businesses lines of credit to run and grow their business. Kikka was subsequently floated on the stock exchange. In 2015 David was announced as the AICM WA Young Credit Professional of the year and nominated for the 40 under 40 award.
Henry has over nine years’ experience in financial services with a sole focus on SME underwriting. He joined from Funding Circle where he was instrumental in managing their underwriting team and specialising in large loan approvals.
During his tenure at Funding Circle, Henry worked alongside our Head of Underwriting, Head of Operations, and CEO.