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Mortgage 1st hires Proportunity’s Paul Lewis as head of growth

  • 24/02/2022
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Mortgage 1st hires Proportunity’s Paul Lewis as head of growth
Chesterfield-based Mortgage 1st has appointed Paul Lewis (pictured), former head of intermediary partnerships at Proportunity, to the newly-created role of head of growth.


He was most recently head of intermediary partnerships at Proportunity, which is an equity loan provider, for just under a year.

Before that he was managing director at The Money Group for around six months and prior to that he was national development manager at Mansfield Building Society for nearly three years.

He also held several senior roles at alternative bank Future Williams & Glyn, a subsidiary of RBS for over a decade and has also worked at Direct Line Group.

In his role at Mortgags 1st, Lewis will help expand the business, which was founded in 2008 and is an appointed representative of Stonebridge.

It provides mortgages for first-time buyers, homemovers, remortgage, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, home improvement and debt consolidation, as well as insurance.

The company has over 40 team members and it has arranged 6,380 mortgages with a total lending of over £1bn.

Mortgage 1st founder and managing director Jon Stones said: “Paul has extensive experience in the financial services sector, and he is ideally suited to this pivotal role as we seek to build upon the success of Mortgage 1st.

“The business has enjoyed impressive growth over the past decade, and we have exciting plans for the future. As part of this we will be recruiting new advisers, and Paul’s knowledge of the mortgage industry and the people working in it will be an important part of our recruitment process.”

Lewis said: “I have been fortunate to work closely with some impressive businesses across the mortgage industry during my career, and I know how highly Mortgage 1st is regarded.

“The business has already grown at an impressive rate, and is now looking ahead with ambition and vision. I am looking forward to helping Mortgage 1st achieve its goals for expansion while also enhancing its already impressive reputation.”

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