Merriman was previously Pink Home Loans’ head of sales for nearly six years, and regional sales manager at Mortgage Express with a history of underwriting before that.
Merriman added: “I have been immersed in the mortgage market for the past two decades, and see this as a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the few independent networks who focus solely on mortgage advisers/brokers, and deal with people rather than numbers.
“HLP still offers brokers a true whole-of-market proposition across the board, turning away from the current trend of offering restricted panels and, therefore, loaded premiums for clients.
“HLP’s strapline, ‘Big enough to count, small enough to care’, serves as our reminder that a network is only ever as successful as its members, so they must be at the heart of the business – I am very much looking forward to meeting more members of the network at our upcoming MMR Training Seminars in March and April. “
HLP chief executive, Christopher Tanner, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ian to the firm. He brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge, and an enviable reputation for providing exceptional customer service and support, enabling mortgage and protection specialists to grow and develop their businesses successfully.”