The Asset Finance Professionals Association (AFPA) is hosting an event at The Yacht London on Temple Pier on July 4th this year.

During the event there will be charity fund raising for “Unlocking Young Potential”. This initiative is led by Johnnie Halliday in his role as the Somerset High Sheriff, and is an initiative focused on an Insight to Apprenticeship programme aimed at raising aspirations for young disadvantaged teenagers around Weston-Super-Mare and Bridgwater.

AFPA events are available to anyone at any level working in the finance, lending and leasing industry and ancillary product and service support areas. By joining AFPA members will receive a discount for the July 4th and at other events throughout the year.

Raffle prizes include a hotel voucher for two with a two-night luxury break, a magnum of champagne and selection of wines.

The event runs from midday until 5pm. Tickets can be purchased at

Last year the AFPA raised a total of £19,000 across several events for Partnership for Children, a charity for children.

The events included a golfing tournament, a charity auction, a sponsored cross-channel swim, and a summer event on the Yacht in London.

“The London event saw over 200 asset finance professionals from a diverse range of companies and all business levels, join forces to network in the sun and raise money for our chosen Summer charity: Partnership for Children,” said spokesman Johnnie Halliday in a release on behalf of the AFPA.

After a long career in leasing at companies ranging from Pitney Bowes Leasing to Five Arrows, Cassiopae and Linedata, Johnnie Halliday took up the honorary position as High Sheriff of Somerset – a role that he will balance with running independent consultancy Asset Finance Management Solutions. He spoke to Leasing Life about the state of the asset finance industry in 2019, and what has changed since he began his career in 1980.