Simon Jones, head of export & agency finance, EMEA at TD Securities has, after a fantastic innings of close to four decades in the industry, decided to hang up his boots and retire! His last day with the bank will be 30 April – and he will be sorely missed by colleagues and by the sector at large where he is widely known and hugely respected. Simon has led the EMEA team at TDS in London for the past six years.  

Speaking on Simon’s retirement, Michael Stockton, managing director and head of export & agency finance at TD Securities, comments: “Simon joined TDS in London almost six years ago and helped the bank's fledgling ECA lending business expand beyond its limited aviation role. Simon closed a number of novel, first of its kind, ECA-backed financings over his career, and I'm convinced that the secret to this success resides in his care for every single person he came in contact with, and the trust that he was able to develop as a result.  

“In a tribute to his character and selflessness, Simon had given notice and was set to retire last summer, but given the impact that Covid had on our core aircraft financing business, he readily agreed to delay his departure to ensure that TD's relationships with the impacted airlines were managed smoothly through this time.  

Adds Stockton: “I'd like to personally thank Simon for all of his contributions to the business and for his friendship.  He will be missed both by TDS and by hundreds of others in the broader export and agency finance world.” 

Before joining TDS, Simon spent five years with ANZ as head of structured export finance Asia, stationed in Singapore for the most part. Before that he was at RBS and also at ABN Amro between 1997 and 2009. He also did a four-year stint at BZW where he was head of UK export finance for Barclays. 

At TXF, editor-in-chief and director, Jonathan Bell, remarks: “I've known Simon for a good 25 years and he is definitely one of the best. He is a consummate professional through and through, while also being the perfect gentlemen and a brilliant friend to have. I probably won’t be meeting up for any West Ham games with him – unless Sunderland perform miracles and eventually climb back to the heady heights of the Premiership one day (fat chance!) – but I will most certainly slug some beers and quaff some wine with him and have a good chinwag and great laugh.”