The lender welcomed Barnard (pictured) saying his appointment was part of its expansion plans, particularly within the specialist lending sector.
Barnard will be responsible for overseeing Masthaven’s first and second charge residential and buy to let mortgages, working alongside Richard Deacon sales director of short term lending solutions.
Jon Hall, managing director at Masthaven, said the lender will continues to invest in hiring senior talents as well as developing and training its people.
He added: “Rob is a talented, experienced addition who will add significant strength in depth to our mortgages team.”
Matt Andrews, managing director of short term lending at Masthaven, said: “Rob Barnard has a wealth of experience in the mortgage market and will help Masthaven to deliver on our ambitious growth plans for the sector.
“Rob’s remit will include developing the existing relationships we have with our intermediary partners as well as strengthening our proposition and infrastructure to deliver on the Masthaven brand promise to our mortgage clients.
“He will also support the development and delivery of our product pipeline to provide more solutions to help our intermediaries to meet the needs of their customers.”
Prior to Pepper Money, where he has worked as sales director for more than two years, Barnard worked as head of business development at Aldermore Bank for over six years.
A spokesperson from Pepper Money said Barnard had played an important role in educating brokers.
The spokesperson added: “He has also established a strong business development team who will continue to build on his work and support distributors and brokers in growing their business by writing more specialist mortgages.”