Experienced, pragmatic and motivated to lend

Meet our team

Our dedicated and helpful team are on hand to help you with all of your queries from the first step through to a long and prosperous partnership.

Ravi Takhar

Ravi Takhar

Co-Founder & CEO

Ravi Takhar has over 25 years’ experience in the acquisition, financing and growth of financial businesses. Ravi co-founded the business and has led the growth of the UK business to its current size. Ravi has 20 years continuous experience in lending businesses. His first involvement was as an investment banker and Head of Financial Services investment at Nikko, the Japanese investment bank. He qualified as a banking solicitor at Clifford Chance, a leading international law firm, and has an MA from the University of Oxford.

Sunny Lakhtaria

Managing Director

Sunny was previously a Partner and member of the ExCo and Credit Committee at Urban Exposure PLC (UE). During his time at UE, Sunny has led the underwriting and placement initiatives of c. £1.5bn of loans and was also responsible for capital raising initiatives, including its IPO on the LSE’s AIM market and various JV and financing arrangements with numerous financial institutions.
Sunny previously worked in KPMG’s Corporate Finance division, focussing on loan portfolio sales, executing over £20bn in loan trades by transactional value across various asset classes.

Paula Storey

Paula Storey


Having trained as a Financial Adviser for Barclays Bank over 20 years ago, Paula has a wealth of knowledge in the regulated financial services space. Providing advice in protection, pension and investments, Paula was in the top 20% performing Financial Advisers at Barclays at the time.
Paula brought her skills set into the unregulated Bridging and Development space in 2019. She started at a small lender but very quickly grew their loan book by 50%. Having been at a couple of other lenders in between, Paula now brings industry knowledge, passion and a wide network of introducers to Cherry Orchard. Spear heading the growth of the business, she is the
go-to person for all new enquiries.