James Beck

Chief Technology Officer

Compared to the extensive experience of my colleagues, I am a financial greenhorn. I’ve worked in tech all my life, and only started combining the two industries a couple of years ago.

My favourite part about working at Optimum Finance is getting to continually learn from the vast business lending experience of the great people I get to work with every day.

The best bit about my role at Optimum is being able to make real-world changes to the traditional invoice finance process, allowing us to build a better client experience, and directly help UK SMEs prosper.

Outside of work I play guitar, take photographs, and tinker with software side-projects, cyber security & blockchain.

Not many people know I used to keep pet tarantulas named Boris (the spider) and Cynthia until my wife made me re-home them when our first child was born. Apparently, it’s not cool to keep tarantulas and live locust in a babies bedroom…. She does not know it yet, but one day, they are coming back. 

Fun fact about me - I had lunch with the classic Top Gear lineup of Clarkson, Hammond and May and spent a day filming Top Gear as part of the studio audience in 2005. Series 6, Episode 6 if you want to try and spot me.