LendInvest and Black & White make key appointments

LendInvest and Black & White make key appointments


LendInvest has promoted Jan Gallagher from business development manager (BDM) to key account manager.

Gallagher (pictured) will be working across the lender’s distribution channels including mortgage clubs and networks and will also be developing and delivering strategic marketing initiatives and helping to engage potential partners.

Gallagher has more than 30 years experience in the industry and joined LendInvest as a BDM in 2019 to source deals across the North West of England. She previously held roles at Vida Homeloans, Foundation Home Loans and Masthaven.

The firm is currently searching for a BDM to cover the vacant spot in the North of England.

Sophie Mitchell-Charman, sales director at LendInvest, said: “Over the last few years Jan has been an incremental addition to our business development team, driving strong business in the North.

“This transition is a natural one for Jan, who already played an important role in managing relationships with our Key Accounts: this new opportunity is a perfect opportunity for her to develop our strategy in this area further.”

Gallagher added it was an exciting time to be taking on this new role.

“I look forward to the challenge; both in broadening our partnerships and deepening our existing ones,” she said.


Black & White Bridging

Meanwhile Black & White Bridging, the rebranded Bath and West Finance, has announced its first two external appointments with the hiring of Heather Hancock as senior underwriter and Oliver Bland as relationship manager.

Hancock joins from Optimum Credit where she was involved in establishing and implementing the back office function, including credit policies and underwriting processes, the firm said.

Prior to that, she spent six years at Bank of Ireland where she held a mandate within the specialist lending team.

Bland joins from Interbridge where he combined underwriting with relationship management and has extensive experience in the bridging market across front and backend functions.

His previous experience included creating and leading the property team at Funding Options and underwriting and portfolio management at West One Loans.

Commercial director Damien Druce said: “We are delighted to welcome Heather and Oliver. They bring a vast store of experience and knowledge to the Black & White team.

“Both have worked closely with the intermediary channel and understand the importance of balancing introducers’ requirements against the need for a fair but robust underwriting stance.”



Damien Druce joins rebranded Black & White Bridging

Damien Druce joins rebranded Black & White Bridging


The firm said it had undertaken the rebrand from its regional basis to create a national identity for intermediaries as it plans to expand coverage across the country.

Druce has almost two decades of experience in the specialist lending sector and will be responsible for driving the lender’s “ambitious growth plans” while working alongside founder Martyn Smith.

Druce (pictured) was most recently director of intermediaries at Assetz Capital, which he left in late 2019, and has been a consultant to lenders in the market since then.

Prior to that, Druce held senior sales roles at LendInvest and Castle Trust.

Druce said he was delighted to be joining Black & White Bridging and added: “Martyn and I intend to take the best of an already respected short term lending brand and build on those foundations to create a national presence and bring our particular style of bridging to a wider audience.”

Martyn Smith director and founder of Black & White Bridging welcomed Druce, who will be working alongside him to raise the profile of the new brand and develop its proposition to brokers.

“With his passion for short term lending, allied to our collective experience in this space, Damien will occupy a central and pivotal position in the new business,” he said.

“In taking our brand to market, he brings a deep appreciation of what brokers want from a lender, which will be central to our approach.

“His experience will be invaluable in shaping our offering both now and in the future.”