Our Story

Based in Christchurch , Aben Financial was established to bring together our team’s experience of managing over £1bn of business lending, our knowledge from consulting for companies of all sizes and our passion for supporting businesses achieve their ambitions.


We understand that growth of SME’s is critical to the economy. However, it became clear to us that due to increasingly restrictive lending criteria - the growth of SME’s is too often held back by a lack of accessibility to financing options from traditional providers. Whilst this is being offset by the rapid growth in the alternative finance sector, the potential of such options may be missed by business people who don't have the time to keep on top of this constantly evolving sector. 


Aben Financial can help your business unlock the potential of the best financing options available from the panel of 270 lenders we work with. We are focused on the outcomes you want to achieve and offer expert knowledge of an extensive range of financing options from both the conventional banking and alternative finance sectors – many not available to you direct.


We’ll undertake a free initial your review of your business and it’s finances, identify potential sources of finance, discuss these with you and completely manage the process from start to completion of funding – maximising your chance of raising finance on the best terms.

The Team

 With 40 years of combined experience, we've arranged over £2bn of finance for speciality lenders, property developers and companies. Many clients view us as their trusted adviser.


James Wallis

Stephen Findlay

Stephen Findlay

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James is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants – having qualified within Specialised Finance at Deloitte in London. In the subsequent decade he was responsible for lending over £2bn with one of the largest credit investment funds in Europe – working across sectors and with particular focus on Management and Leveraged Buy-Outs.  He has built businesses from scratch so understands the challenges it presents. 

Stephen Findlay

Stephen Findlay

Stephen Findlay

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Steve co-leads Aben Financial- with responsibility for institutional fund raising. Having trained at Deloitte he is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants and has worked across Finance and Private Equity including co-founding Fidelity's $500m technology buy-out fund. He has sat on a number of boards and more recently founded Bond Mason- leading the business through sever equity fund raising and investing over £150m property related transactions.



Melissa Boston

Stephen Findlay

Bethany Johnson

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Melissa is the newest member of our team, bringing over 10 years experience working within the SME lending sector.  She is well connected along the south coast with various business professionals.  Specialising in invoice finance, Melissa has the expertise to help your business grow and keep expanding through the provision of working capital finance solutions. 

Bethany Johnson

Melodie Boyd-Wallis

Bethany Johnson

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Bethany has worked within the financial services industry for 7 years, having previously been a commercial insurance broker, she has now been with Aben  Financial for two years.  Being our business development executive Beth supports our brokers and clients, making sure they receive the best service we can give,  while building and maintaining business relationships.

Melodie Boyd-Wallis

Melodie Boyd-Wallis

Melodie Boyd-Wallis

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Melodie is a Chartered Accountant - qualifying at KPMG in London. Her role initially involved auditing banks and financial institutions giving her a good understanding of the financial landscape. She subsequently worked for Grosvenor (the Duke of Westminster’s property fund) - and now also runs a successful property development company on the South Coast. 

Simone Maher

Melodie Boyd-Wallis

Melodie Boyd-Wallis

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Simone holds an MBA and has first hand experience in running her own business as well as consulting for a number of others in the recruitment, technology and leisure sectors. Most recently Simone has been advising a leading player in the fin-tech space on routes to market and has a deep understanding of the alternative lending community. 






Expert Network

 We have a unique expert network with over 150 years of combined experience in business, property and finance across a range of sectors that we can call upon to get your deal done. Our experts also help us keep up to date with the latest financing offerings available from our lending partners. This is at no extra cost to you – but ensures there is always the specialist help on hand if necessary.