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Expert & Professional

Convenient Access to Expert Advice

Harrogate is made of a team of passionate experts who are committed to helping our clients achieve their ambitions. We combine a range of skills with decades of experience to be able to provide wise and reliable advice and support to our clients.

Over the years we’ve established an extensive network of respected professionals around the world. We’re able to leverage this network for our clients’ benefit and bring them both access to high quality partners and investment opportunities.

Our clients value our bespoke approach where they are able to benefit from our close attention. We have deliberately avoided becoming a firm that tries to deal in volume of deals done and instead have focused on carefully selecting a handful of opportunities where we believe there is a strong alignment and exciting opportunity.

This means our clients and partners know that when Harrogate are involved in a process, it is of the highest quality and that we’ll be providing the hands on support that our clients value.

The Team

Sue Wright

Sue started her career with Lehman Brothers in London and then New York.  She also  qualified as a Barrister and practiced as a highly successful member of the Bar for over  20 years, whilst also setting up a number of SME’s as owner/MD.

Following her retirement from the Bar, she worked in China with former professional  footballers dealing with HNW individuals who had investment aspirations for the UK  market.

In 2017 she became Managing Director of a large Property and Hotel Group  with over 17 UK sites and 750 staff.

Sue has a vast amount of property investment experience.  This has resulted in her being  in demand for NED roles, giving strategic advice to companies.

At Harrogate International Advisory, Sue is integral in working with the client in the creation of opportunities within the Wealth Generation Sector in the North West.

Sue is a mum to 4 children (who she has adopted / fostered) and is a strong  advocate for children’s rights within the Care
System.  She supports and  volunteers for her local dog rescue centre.

In 2018 Sue trained for a white collar  boxing match for charity.  She is also a season ticket holder for Liverpool Football  Club.

Faisal Arif

Faisal also started his corporate career at Lehman Brothers in London and New York, working  in the M&A department dealing with large corporate private equity transactions.

Upon returning to his hometown of Birmingham, he became a senior hire at Ernst &  Young, specialising in mid-market advisory transactions, raising finance, MBO’s and PE advisory work.  Faisal was then head hunted to join Grant Thornton to lead their Midlands  team on M&A transactions, origination and Private Equity funding.

In 2012 Faisal set up his own advisory business where he has  guided both domestic and  international clients within trade sales, MBOs and Private Equity Funding processes.

Faisal grew the property arm of the business, worked with a number of property  entrepreneurs and funded many opportunities with UK  and foreign UHNW investors.

Faisal  has worked with some of the largest regional developers and has a strong client base and  following of UHNW clients.

He  leads on all property related funding matters from Originating, Debt, Equity,  Development Finance etc.

Faisal is also an accomplished cricketer, having played for Warwickshire County Cricket  Club (in his younger years!) and
now enjoys playing the occasional game and coaching  sessions to younger fans of the sport.   Faisal is also an Aston Villa fan.