Meet The Team
James Blower (Founder)
James has a decade of experience in the savings market. Aged just 31 he was hired by National Australia Bank to set up an offshore deposit taker, Clydesdale Bank International, in Guernsey for them. As Managing Director, he grew the bank to over £1.6bn of deposits and 23 employees, winning numerous awards.
This performance drew the attention of, then start up challenger bank now FTSE 250 company, Shawbrook. James was appointed their first Savings Director where he built the savings business and grew deposits to over £2bn. During his tenure, the savings team were recognised with an incredible 14 awards.
James left Shawbrook to set up the Savings Guru and went on to create Harrods Bank's customer service and operations and launch their entry in to the savings market. He also worked with Cambridge & Counties Bank before heading to Masthaven Bank where he was responsible for the set up of their savings business.
In 2017, James worked on a variety of savings and banking projects including Zopa’s application to become a bank, relaunching Cambridge Building Society’s savings business, creating Arbuthnot Direct and helping a confidential new entrant bank.
In 2018, he is working with two prospective new entrants on their applications for banking licences and building their savings businesses.
Tanya Burrage (Operations Manager)
Tanya is responsible for the efficient running of the company and day to day management of the office. Tanya has a decade of project management experience working for Norfolk Museums Service organising their display team.
Away from The Savings Guru, Tanya is a trustee of The Cater Museum and also works with Chelmsford Museums.