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Matthew Smart, Head of Asset Finance

Matthew Smart is Head of Asset Finance of AFP. 

Matthew joined AFP in 2015. Matthew leads AFP's origination business and oversees a team managing and supporting over 6,000 customer relationships as well as AFP's relationships with manufacturers, dealers and supermarkets. Prior to joining AFP, Matthew was the founder, managing director and majority shareholder of Eastern Counties Finance Limited (ECF), an agricultural asset finance company. Prior to forming ECF in 2001, Matthew was BNP Paribas' regional asset finance manager for the Eastern Counties of the UK. Matthew joined BNP Paribas as a graduate trainee in 1993.

Matthew is a 5th generation farmer and grew up on the family farm near Cambridge.

Matthew graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biology from Sussex University.


Geoff Barrett, Asset Finance

Geoff Barrett is a Senior Relationship Manager in the Asset Finance Group. Geoff is responsible for serving our long-term customer, manufacturer and dealer relationships as well as for developing new business.

Geoff joined AFP in 2015. Prior to joining AFP, Geoff was a senior relationship and business development manager responsible for marketing and origination at Eastern Counties Finance (ECF), an agricultural asset finance company. Prior to joining ECF in 2010, Geoff was UK sales manager at Lely an agricultural equipment manufacturer. Geoff joined Lely in 1981.