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The Team

Meet the Team

Steve Walker, Yasar Irfat, Martin Edmonds, Christine Allen-Lloyd, Graham Donaldson, Rozna Haque 

Dr Steve Walker CEO ART Business Loans

Dr Steve Walker, Chief Executive and Director

Joined ART in 1996 from Barclays Bank, for which he had worked for 29 years, rising to Senior Corporate Manager dealing with mostly SMEs in the Midlands. He was appointed Chief Executive prior to the launch of ART in 1997.

Steve has contributed extensively to policy issues at both regional and national level relating to access to finance and support for small businesses, including social enterprises, drawing from his recent practical experience. He is widely recognised as a leading UK practitioner in the field of community and small business finance.

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Martin Edmonds Loans Manager ART Business Loans

Martin Edmonds, Loans Manager

Martin has particular responsibility for business lending. He joined ART in 2003 and is charged with prospecting, assessing and monitoring a wide range of local activities and opportunities. Martin has many years experience of the banking sector and has also worked within business support agencies in various capacities.


Graham Donadlson Loans Manager ART Business Loans

Graham Donaldson, Loans Manager

Graham joined ART to support its growth in 2014, bringing with him over 30 years experience of business lending and specialist expertise in developing and maintaining customer relationships, which are crucial to ART’s way of working.

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Roz Haque Loans Manager ART Business Loans

Rozna Haque, Loans Manager

Roz joined the lending team in 2015 to help meet increased demand for ART loans.  She has extensive knowledge and experience of customer account management and relationship management, having worked for a variety of banks and financial services companies during her career.

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Yasar Irfat, Finance & Operations Manager and Company Secretary

Yasar joined ART in 2019 and takes care of all operational and administrative matters. He has responsibility for business planning, developing and enhancing systems to support its future growth and development.

Christine Allen-Lloyd Administrative Officer ART Business Loans

Christine Allen-Lloyd, Operations Officer

Having worked in an enterprise support agency in Birmingham for six years, Chris joined ART in 2002. She provides operational support and organises ART’s events.

The lending team attends networking events, seminars, exhibitions and events throughout the year and Steve can be booked as a speaker.

Our Board

We have a volunteer Board of nine members, who meet regularly to set strategy and ensure ART Business Loans is running efficiently and meeting its objectives.



Dr Nick Venning DL – Chairman

Former Marketing Director, Global Industries at PwC



Chris Davis ART Business Loans Board Member

Christopher Davis – Vice Chair

Retired Regional Credit Director, Barclays Bank

Winston Duguid ART Business Loans Board Member

Winston Duguid

Former MD of Bowater Building Products – now Non-Exec Director at several organisations in the Midlands and South West

Ian Forrest ART Business Loans Board Director

Ian Forrest

Consultant, Squire Patton Boggs

David Hardman ART Business Loans Board Director

Dr David Hardman MBE

Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Birmingham

David has been included in a list of inspiring leaders 

Darren Hodson

Corporate Finance Partner, Smith Cooper LLP

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Manjit Kang

Diversity Ambassador, Relationship Manager & Real Estate Manager, NatWest


Kirsty Davies-Chinnock

Managing Director, Professional Polishing Services Ltd


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