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National Conference Centre, Birmingham

08.30 – 08.45 Registration
08.45 – 09.30 Networking breakfast with exhibitors
09.30 – 09.35 Welcome from Specialist Lending Solutions

Jamie Hurst, publishing director, Specialist Lending Solutions


09.35- 10.05 Fireside chat: UK economic, financial and political outlook


  • Will 2024 bring a return to economic growth and stability?
  • Trends and the outlook for the UK’s property and mortgage markets
  • How will politics and the prospects of a new government impact the housing finance market?

Lee Hopley, director, economic insight and research, UK Finance
Moderated by: Emma Jones
, managing director and founder, When The Bank Says No and Alder Rose Mortgage Services


10.05 – 10.20 Quickfire one - Beyond the Basics: What next for the FTB in our sector?

  • The backdrop of FTB lending across the UK
  • How is 2024 shaping up for a prospective new homeowner?
  • Why is the specialist market important for FTBs?

Matt McCullough, head of sales & development, Aldermore

10.20 – 10.35 Quickfire two - Specialist Finance: Under the microscope


In this session, MFS will provide an in-depth focus on the specifications of specialist finance, highlighting:

  • What they are
  • How they are used
  • How to recognise when a specialist lender may be required


Our key account manager will then lead the audience through detailed case scenarios to provide a deeper understanding of how specialist finance fits within the  property market and the real-world complications facing brokers at present.

Tom Gill, key account manager, Market Financial Solutions (MFS)

10.35 – 10.45 Slido enabled audience Q&A
10.45 – 11.15 Keynote interview: mortgage rates vs fees


  • Mortgage affordability, fees and charges
  • Remortgages vs product transfers
  • High fee vs high rate – the pros, cons and potential pitfalls
  • Assessing the challenges for advisers and customers

Matthew Jackson, director, Mint FS
Phil Quinn
, national account manager, Bluestone Mortgages
Moderated by: Michael Craig, sales director, Brilliant Solutions

11.15 – 11.45 Networking break


11.45 – 12.30 Is specialist lending the key in 2024?

  • Assessing the positive tailwinds for the market
  • Thinking creatively and turning challenges into opportunities
  • Opportunities abound helping customers to realise their property goals using specialist finance

Lucy Waters, managing director, Aria Finance 
William Lloyd-Hayward
, group chief operating officer and MD, Sirius Finance
Louise Apollonio
, head of corporate accounts, The Mortgage Lender
Melanie Spencer
, business partnership and growth director, One Mortgage System (OMS)
Moderated by: Liz Syms
, CEO, Connect for Intermediaries 

12.30 – 13.00 Maximising business potential
(30 mins)

  • Growing your client base through your personal brand
  • Leading a business in the digital age: digital marketing and lead generation
  • Scaling your business

Rosalia Lazzara, founder and CEO, Manuka Media

13.00 – 13.05 Closing remarks
13.05 – 14.05 Lunch and networking with exhibitors




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