Simpkins has over 25 years’ experience and joins Coventry for intermediaries from Metro Bank, where he spent the past four years as a regional relationship manager.
Simpkins said: “Our recent re-entry into the 90 per cent LTV market has shown just how valuable good BDM and broker relationships can be when demand for products is strong. I’m sure our products will remain popular this year and so it’s vital we continue to focus on maintaining excellent relationships and building new ones.”
Jonathan Stinton, head of intermediary relationships at Coventry Building Society, said: “Mark is a great addition to our team. His experience with the intermediary sector is going to enhance the great service and support our BDMs are providing to brokers up and down the country.”
Together appoints new account manager for the North
Specialist lender Together has appointed ex-Precise specialist distribution manager James Briggs to the role of regional account manager for the North.
Previously, Briggs’ career spanned Evolution Money, Home 3 and B Finance Group and started as a mortgage adviser for a high street bank, giving him valuable experience “on both sides of the fence”, said the married dad-of-one.
Briggs said he was looking forward to forging strong relationships with intermediaries across the North of England and Scotland – to make a valuable contribution to Together’s continued growth, despite major challenges facing the industry due to the pandemic.
“Together truly appreciates the value of relationships with packagers in the specialist space and I’m excited to start working closely with partner firms to help identify growth opportunities, provide support and win business,” said Briggs.
This week, the lender announced in a trading update that average monthly loan originations were £74.4m in the three months to December – up 70 per cent on the previous quarter.
Sundeep Patel, head of intermediary sales at Together, said Briggs’ knowledge, relationships and expertise would build on this success, helping Together to realise its future growth plans.