Chief Executive Officer

Lee Hartley has been involved in business development for over 18 years, specifically within the digital, technology and financial services sectors.

Lee is an engineering graduate of Northumbria University and his career to date has seen him focus on implementing technology leveraged processes to ensure that customers consistently receive the highest quality outcomes in a cost-effective manner.

His driving aim is for Fairstone to be recognised as the number one ‘new model’ financial services organisation that puts clients at the centre of everything that it does.

Lee launched an integrated media business in 1998 which operated as a combined e-commerce and digital marketing agency. He built a corporate client base which included a number of retail banks and building societies together with the likes of Zurich, London & European Insurance, ONE North East and Business Link before selling the company to a trade acquirer after a period of 7 years.

During 1999 Lee was nominated the North East Young Entrepreneur of the year in the Shell Enterprise programme and this was followed a year later with a subsequent award in the North of England Major Growth category. Lee was also a regional finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2014.

Lee has acted as a mentor to the Business Studies Honours Degree at both Newcastle & Northumbria Universities & has also advised students from Durham University Business School. He regularly heads lectures aimed at encouraging post-graduates into business, along with seminars surrounding e-commerce. Lee’s main skill set encompasses business development, IT strategy, marketing and mergers and acquisitions. Lee enjoys a wide network of professional relationships & brings strong entrepreneurial experience to his role at Fairstone.

Lee co-founded Fairstone in 2008 and has grown the business from a start-up to its current position as a market leader. He architected the IT and back-office systems together with leading the business through a series of investment rounds and overseeing the national acquisition programme.