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Vida’s Louisa Sedgwick elected first chairwoman of IMLA

  • 29/11/2019
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Vida’s Louisa Sedgwick elected first chairwoman of IMLA
The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) has announced Louisa Sedgwick, director of sales at Vida Homeloans, as its new committee chairwoman.


She is the first woman to hold the top role at IMLA.

Sedgwick has more than 25 years’ experience working in the financial services industry across various specialisms, having previously held senior roles at UK Asset Resolution (formerly Bradford and Bingley), and Leeds Building Society.   

She launched and managed her own consultancy firm in 2011, where she advised companies on issues affecting the mortgage sector. Sedgwick takes over from Phil Rickards, who completed his two-year term as chair.


Committee reshuffle   

Sedgwick will be joined on the management committee by elected members including Jeremy Duncombe, director of intermediaries at Accord Mortgages, who will take on the role of deputy chair. 

Adrian Moloney, sales director at One Savings Bank; Kevin Purvey, director of intermediaries at Coventry Building Society and Phil Rickards, head of BM Solutions have also been re-elected to the committee.  

Co-opted directors, Richard Beardshaw, head of intermediary sales at HSBC and Richard Scott, head of intermediaries at West Bromwich Building Society will join the committee while Kate Davies will continue as executive director. 

Sedgwick (pictured) said: “I am delighted to have been elected as chair, a responsibility I do not take lightly.  

As well as working with my fellow committee members to champion the views of IMLA’s members, I’m also keen to work further with networks, clubs, packagers and of course advisers as the industry continues to evolve to meet the needs of modern borrowers.” 

Alongside her role at IMLA, Sedgwick will continue in her position at Vida Homeloans.

Kate Davies, executive director of IMLA, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to welcome the first female chair to IMLA’s management committee, as well as six other committee members who will support us in working with our members.  

“I would also like to thank the excellent work of our former committee members and our previous chair, Phil Rickards, who has played such a central role supporting the needs of members in what is an ever-changing mortgage market.”  

“Having established our new management committee, we’re now moving into 2020 with an extremely experienced team to help us make sure that members’ views are heard by all the major stakeholders in our market, including brokers, policymakers and the regulator,” she added.


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