Meet the Team

The Improveasy team have over a decades’ experience in the home improvement financial services industry. Find out more about our team below.

Austin Barcley

As a visionary leader, Austin defines and directs the overall company strategy. His continued focus on reducing carbon emissions through energy efficiency is a theme which is common through many of the business areas. He believes that one of the key ingredients of the company’s success is ‘the people who work within it’ and has a built a talented, engaged, ambitious and most importantly, valued team.
Austin formally worked for Canon UK before venturing into the renewables sector supporting electrical contractors to achieve MSC accreditation and ensuring installations were completed to the correct standard. This experience led him to form Installeasy, a direct installation business he is also the Managing Director of.
Out of work Austin has a passion for Manchester United and has been a season ticket holder for many years, rarely missing a game with his son and twin daughters! Enjoying time with his family at home or abroad is number one!
On his choice of car…. Well as you would expect it’s 100% electric obviously!

Chris Antrobus

Chris is responsible for our ECO (Energy Company Obligation) business, delivering energy efficiency measures through our own installation company, or our trusted network of partners. Working closely with several major UK utilities, his focus is improving energy efficiency for UK households most in need and reducing carbon emissions in line with Government targets.
With 8 years’ experience in his field, and previously Head of ECO Contract Management for the largest utility in the UK, he joined us in 2019 to continue to progress and expand this side of our business. Chris is an experienced leader with extensive experience in performance management, negotiating and the energy industry.
Living in Chester with his wife and son, he enjoys travelling, eating out and unwinding in a decent pub (watching LFC when possible)!

Jeff Poole

Jeff leads our Customer and Business Finance capability and joined us in 2020 as part of our strategic investment in this line of business. His strategy includes launching an independent broker technology platform aligned to lenders and installers focused on energy efficient home improvement measures to complement our principal-introducer/appointed representative model.
Having extensive experience developing large consumer lending product portfolios and financial intermediaries, he most notably was a key founder of MBNA in the UK and a member of the turnaround executive team at Freedom Finance, the Pollen Street Capital backed lending platform. He is also well-known in the FinTech community and helped to establish FinTech Wales.
Jeff is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB) and has an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He is an avid Liverpool FC supporter (somewhat outnumbered within the management team!), enjoys travelling the globe, keeping healthy and lives in Chester with his 12-year-old daughter.

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