Introducing Bluestone: Harry Pilling

The World of Work and Joining Bluestone

Harry joined the Bluestone Leasing team in September of 2021, after having worked in Communications and Banking. When interviewing for Bluestone, Harry was drawn to the company because of how laidback the interview process was and the ethos the company holds on believing that skills and knowledge are teachable, and how the company aims to find individuals that would be the right person to add to the team.

As an Internal Account Manager, Harry works alongside Ben Howe and focuses on Bluestone’s IT accounts. A typical day for Harry involves spending time keeping in touch with partners and customers, and helping to provide quotes for any sales or purchases that come in.

“I really enjoy my job, particularly the company and conversations I have with my colleagues, partners and customers.”

The early days

Harry grew up in Huddersfield and has fond memories of playing football in the street, and even more so the strict instructions to make his way home before the streetlights turned on.

At school, Harry would make the most out of his breaks by spending time with his mates, but in the classroom, Harry aspired to be an archaeologist like Indiana Jones. 

Life outside of work 

For Harry, the perfect weekend would consist of him going somewhere different, or doing something new, whilst keeping an eye on the football results and squeezing a drink or two in with his friends. 

Outside of work, Harry likes to spend time playing darts, which may come as a surprise to some considering how good he is. 

If you would like to speak to Harry about finance for your business, get in touch today: harry.pilling@bluestonelease.com

Introducing Bluestone: Leon Spencer

Regional Account Manager, North London

Leon joined the Bluestone Leasing team in 2022 with years of experience in the financial industry in his back pocket, the last 5 of which were focused on commercial finance leasing and insurance.

“I have spent the majority of my career in the commercial finance sector, understanding the pain points of my clients’ businesses. I strongly believe that you can’t position a product or service until you’ve truly understood the company and their directors. By deep diving into the company’s objective, I’ve been able to work with my partners to better position a solution which works; not just for the short term but for medium and long term.

The early days

Leon was born, and spent the first 11 years of his life, in Jamaica.

“My earliest memory is being inside our home in Jamaica during hurricane Gilbert when the roof was about to be blown off our house. When I moved to England it was a real shock to go from running around in the very few clothes in the heat of Jamaica to having to be reminded to take a coat with me when I went to play outside. I spent a lot of my free time playing football and basketball, but I also loved getting lost in maths equations. It felt like an escape.

Leon’s inspirations

There are 2 people Leon admires the most, the first being Marcus Garvey, and the other being his youngest daughter. 

“A lot of people I speak to haven’t heard of Marcus Garvey, but he is a national hero in Jamaica. He represents that one person can make a difference in the world and the importance of sacrifice for the greater good.

“My youngest daughter has such tenacity and confidence and an unwillingness to take no for an answer. I really hope that strength stays with her.

If he could transport himself to any spot in the world, he would find himself meditating on a mountain top, but his ultimate weekend is one spent with his wife and 2 daughters, relaxing, laughing and having adventures. In fact, he and his wife have a pact to complete their first skydive together in the next year.

If you would like Leon to help your business to move forward with a bespoke finance solution, get in touch today with him today. 

leon.spencer@bluestoneleasing.com

Introducing Bluestone: Toni McLeod

Regional Account Manager, North East of England and Scotland 

‘I really enjoy the variety of my job – getting to meet businesses from a variety of different industries and seeing what the right finance solution can help them achieve. I look forward to developing relationships with the organisations in my region, helping them to boost their growth strategy through tailored finance solutions.’

Toni joined the Bluestone Leasing team in 2022 with 8 years of experience in the commercial leasing sector industry behind her. Covering the North East of England and Scotland, Toni helps businesses in her region, in any sector, to grow either by financing their own assets or enabling them to offer finance to their customers. 

Although a comparatively recent addition to the team, Toni has settled in quickly with her positive approach, hardworking attitude and plenty of experience in commercial finance.

The early days

Toni was born in Fife in Scotland, but when she was 7 years old her family moved to Cramlington in the north east of England which is where she has been based ever since. 

‘I was one of five children and spent a lot of my time irritating my siblings, but I also played a lot of sports including athletics, running, and I played on the school netball team. This taught me a lot about teamwork. The person I most admire is my mum – she raised five children and I have no idea how she did it! She always taught me to treat others how I would want to be treated.’

The world of work   

Toni remembers an early ambition of wanting to be a bin collector – ‘It probably had something to do with wanting to help keep things clean and tidy’ – but her first paid job was washing dishes in a local pub at the age of 13. Over time she moved on to waitressing before eventually working behind the bar when she was old enough and then leaving home for university.

‘While at university in Leeds I worked in customer service for Asda, and then after I graduated I went travelling round south east Asia. In fact, if I could be anywhere in the world right now I would be in Thailand – I have some wonderful memories from the time I spent there.’

After university Toni started work in the commercial finance sector; she now has more than 8 years of experience with particular experience in fire and security related assets. 

Bluestone and the future

‘I could tell from my interview with Bluestone that it is an ethical and moral company. From my first conversation with the managers and team members it was clear that ethical practices were not just a slogan, but an intrinsic part of the operation. They strive for excellence and I am proud to be joining the team.’

When it comes to her free time Toni has a young daughter who she loves to spend time with, her pet peeves are whistling and people who are dishonest, and she is surprisingly good at training dogs! 

In terms of making plans for the future, Toni would love to take a road trip through America, if she could change one thing about the world, it would be inequality, and she would like to be remembered as a decent, supportive, positive person who made the most of life. 

If you would like to find out if Toni could help your business to grow through a bespoke asset finance solution, get in touch today: toni.mcleod@bluestoneleasing.com.

Introducing Our Latest Recruits

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Bluestone Leasing getting our five newest members of staff settled in and up to speed with everything we offer.

Here’s a little bit about each of them:

Caroline Ford

Caroline Ford

Caroline, aka Caz, Caro or Fordie, so take your pick

I have been in sales for 9 years, my previous job was selling currency and passports to Governors and Finance Ministers throughout Africa and Asia and occasionally the Caribbean so I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the world.

I have really enjoyed my first two weeks, and the investment the company has put into me and the support the rest of the business has given me only makes me want to succeed tenfold. It feels like a family at Bluestone and everyone always has each others back which is very important to me.

I lived in Australia for 2 years, in Broome, at 25 where I pretty much took it easy, getting drunk, waking up on the beach and having a crazy life. During this time, I trained to be a personal trainer and Body Combat instructor which I still do in the evenings when I am home which I really need to keep up as I am a massive foodie.

My hobbies are going to the opera/ballet/classical concerts as my degree is in Music, French and Italian but my favourite bands are ACDC and Audioslave. I am also big on trekking and raising money for charity – In 2009 I did Machu Pichu and in 2012 I trekked to the base camp of Everest raising money for Breast and Prostate Cancer. It was very tough but I would love to do it again. Travelling gives me a great sense of cultural understanding and there’s just so much to see and learn.

Erica Dickens

Erica Dickens

Hello. My name is Erica Dickens and I am going to be working in the finance team as a Management Accountant.

Previously I have work at Locarla Community Partnerships, they provide services for the NHS. I have also worked for JD Sports and Yorkshire Post Newspapers. 

My initial thoughts on Bluestone  are very positive, I feel there is a wealth of knowledge and experience here which I am looking forward to learning from. 

I got married in Vegas 13 years ago and spend most my weekends doing fun stuff with my two children.

Georgie Leah Deeprose

Georgie Leah Deeprose

I previously worked at an accountancy firm called Cameron Alexander Accountants in Barnsley, which was my first job after leaving school.

My role here is as a Trainee Accounts Junior.

My initial thoughts of Bluestone are really positive, everyone is really friendly and helpful which has helped me settle in quickly. 

I like to go swimming and socialising with friends and family.

I used to do Irish Dancing which I regret giving up as I have now forgotten all my dances!

Louis Taylor

Louis Taylor

I previously worked for a company called Direct Work Force, they’re a recruitment agency specialising in the industrial and driving sectors. I was the branch business development executive meaning that all new client wins and new business was my responsibility. Due to the high amount of competition in industrial recruitment, I spent a lot of my time knocking on doors and trying to get in front of a decision maker which resulted in some interesting responses!

My initial thoughts of Bluestone couldn’t be more positive, everyone is extremely helpful and supportive which has really helped me settle in. I have never worked for a company where everybody is so close including the directors. I think it’s brilliant.

My role as a BRE is to win new business! Supporting the General Assets Division and expanding the team which I am really look forward to. Right now I am concentrating on learning my role inside out and starting to win some new business.

My hobbies are pretty normal – I go to the gym 5 times a week and socialise with my mates as regularly as possible. Another hobby of mine is tattoos although having a girlfriend who is a tattoo artist keeps that affordable!

Andrew Plues

Andrew Plues

Andy or Andrew, dependant on the formality.

I have worked in insurance and most recently the recruitment industry, where I have learnt a great deal of transferable skills.

I am married and have a 4-year-old son called Jack who is the apple of my eye! My family is extremely important to me and is my motivation to succeed.

I have a wide variety of hobbies, martial arts being my main passion outside of being a father. I have trained since I was 7 years old, hold a 1st degree black belt in Karate and now train in mixed martial arts in which I have just achieved my Orange belt (3 grades above beginner). I also have a passion for a wide range of music and watch motorcycle racing as often as time allows. My favourite rider would be the legend that is Valentino Rossi.

My first impressions of bluestone are great, all the staff are professional and knowledgeable whilst also being friendly and willing to help when they can. I like the fact that nobody is just a number and everybody is known by name.

I don’t have many dislikes, although fake people bug me.

I love speaking to different types of people and building rapport and I am very excited about getting into my role at Bluestone Leasing.


If you have any questions for our new starters they would love to hear from you, give them a call on 01924 248800 or email info@bluestoneleasing.com.

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