Following a successful six months’ pilot trial in London’s Canary Wharf, Charcol has opened a permanent office. This has led to the appointment of Chris Bevan as the branch manager. Prior to the move, Bevan was a sales manager at Charcol’s Holborn branch.
Bevan said: ‘Canary Wharf has seen phenomenal growth over the last few years and we saw the need for independent mortgage and financial advice in the area. We have already established corporate relationships with a number of blue chip companies in the area.’
National Guarantee has taken on Matt Vokes as a senior member of its underwriting team. Prior to joining the packager, Vokes worked for Pink Home Loans where he ran the company’s mortgage desk.
Keith Robinson, managing director, said: ‘I am delighted we have been able to recruit a person of Matt’s calibre to drive our underwriting and sales support team towards even greater heights this year. Matt has a track record that speaks for itself.’
National Guarantee recently formed an alliance with Future Mortgages in order to market a wider audience. Vokes said: ‘I am looking forward to helping the management team meet its challenging goals for 2002.’
NatWest has announced the appointment of David Broadhead as its head of mortgage intermediary sales. The position is an internal promotion for Broadhead, who previously held the post of the bank’s mortgage intermediary development manager.
Broadhead has eight years’ experience within the mortgage lending industry, having previously held positions with Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays Bank in both intermediary and network sales capacities.
Commenting on the appointment, Charles Haresnape, head of NatWest Mortgage Services, said: ‘I am delighted David will take a more active role in shaping our intermediary strategy. His experience and industry contacts are second to none ‘ his promotion is well deserved.’
Banking Code Standards Board’s User Group
George Robson of Stafford Railway Building Society has been appointed to the Banking Code Standards Board’s User Group.
He is one of 15 industry members to be appointed. The group gives representatives of banks and building societies the opportunity to discuss the practicalities of proposed changes to the ways in which bank accounts are operated and makes practical recommendations to the Board.
Robson said: ‘Our role is important because we have a genuine say in matters that ultimately affect the public.’
Legal Marketing Services
The UK’s largest independent solicitors network, Legal Marketing Services, has appointed Robert Mee as non-executive director. Mee left the Bank of Scotland last January, where he had been chief executive of the retail banking division and a member of the group management board.
Denise Ballard, managing director, said: ‘We work with the biggest names in the UK mortgage market, including Abbey National and Nationwide, so Robert’s experience with the big corporate names will prove invaluable.’