Virgin One has appointed John Lewis as its business partnership manager for the South West of England. The appointment has been in light of Virgin One’s new sales support strategy for intermediaries. In his new role Lewis will be responsible for extending the business partnership programme and supporting advisers with sales. Lewis joins from the Prudential where he was business development manager, developing and managing relationships with Egg.
Platform Home Loans
Non-conforming lender, Platform Home Loans, has promoted Jeremy Duncombe to head of sales. He will be responsible for managing the lender’s salesforce and the overall sales strategy. Duncombe worked for Platform for four years, most recently as its Northern region sales manager, and has 10 years’ experience in the industry, previously working for Bank of Ireland and Northern Rock.
Guy Batchelor, Platform’s sales and marketing director, said: ‘Jeremy has been a valuable member of our sales team since the inception of our business and we are delighted to promote him into this key position. We are confident he will do an outstanding job as head of sales.’
The Mortgage Business
The Mortgage Business (TMB) has appointed Alan Kempster-Down as national key account manager. Previously senior new business manager at TMB responsible for the underwriting department, he will be responsible for account management.
Pink Home Loans
Pink Home Loans has announced the appointment of Andy Keen as business development manager for the South West region. He joins a team of five regional managers and will be responsible for developing business in the South West, including Bristol and Wales. Previously Keen was a broker consultant for The Mortgage Operation, Commercial Union, Clerical Medical and Skandia. He has also been a mortgage broker at Charcol.
Coventry Building Society
Coventry Building Society has appointed a new finance director, David Stewart. Prior to joining Coventry, Stewart worked for nine years at DBS, the IFA network, where he was group financial controller and, more recently, group chief executive. Stewart will be responsible for finance, treasury and the corporate development of the society.
Martin Ritchley, chief executive, said: ‘David’s knowledge, skills and experience will prove invaluable as we seek to take Coventry Building Society forward to even greater success in the future.’
Mark Lofthouse has been appointed as chief executive officer at Mortgage Brain. Until recently he was managing director of AssureSoft and he has over 15 years’ experience in the application of technology across the financial services industry.
Jack Saxton, chairman of the lender consortium that owns Mortgage Brain, said: ‘In particular (Lofthouse’s) knowledge of delivering internet-based services, high-value software solutions and services will be of immense value to the company as we widen the scope of the business.’