Our leadership

A leadership team with decades of experience in small business finance

Liberis management team

Rob Straathof
Chief Executive Officer

Rob Straathof joined Liberis as CEO in 2015 and has a wealth of experience in the financial sector. Rob has spent the last few years at various online lenders including the UK’s first digital business lender, Everline.

John Sheekey
Chief Operating Officer

John has spent his career building and scaling data, marketing and financial service businesses; from early UK business at Capital One, to developing and launching the Nectar loyalty programme with the founding team. He then ran the money and banking business at MoneySupermarket.com, and most recently started up the European arm of US data business, Datalogix.

Morné Van Dalen
Chief Technology Officer

Morné has more than 20 years of technology and business experience spanning start-up and multinational companies, including tenures at Skype, Microsoft and more recently WorldRemit under his belt. He is passionate about technology, building great teams and how to best support the business with those.

Kenneth Ross
Chief People Officer

Kenneth has over 20 years HR experience, primarily in UK and International financial services, including global and EMEA HR roles at Barclaycard, HSBC and Citigroup.  He is responsible for driving the People and Talent agenda across Liberis.

James Whittingham
Commercial Director

James manages the Commercial teams and is responsible for existing Partnerships, new Business Development, and International Expansion. He has a background in Investment Management and Technology Consulting, and experience with early stage businesses via the Blenheim Chalcot group.

Tom Bason
Finance Director

Tom brings many years of invaluable experience in audit and financial management to Liberis; including two years spent at leading asset management and securities services firm, Bank of New York Mellon. He is responsible for the company financials and the company financial control environment.

Greg Mrkusic
Director of Product & Decisioning

Greg has 18 years of experience in Financial Services in the UK, South Africa and Spain. Before joining Liberis in 2015, he was Director of EMEA Consumer Risk at PayPal. Greg has an MA in Economics from Christ’s College, Cambridge University.