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Meet the Team
Matt Gilmour, Group Managing Director
Matt is a Chartered Accountant and former Head of UK Residential Mortgage Securitisation at Fitch Ratings, where he founded the firms' European mortgage servicer rating programme. Matt was co-founder and CEO of Infinity Mortgages and co-founder and former CEO of Unity Homeloans, both non-conforming UK residential mortgage lenders.
Alex Forrester, Group Managing Director
Alex†is a former investment banker and founder and former Managing Director of Victoria Mortgages, a non-conforming UK mortgage lender. Alex was Managing Director of the UK mortgage packager and intermediary The Mortgage and Loan Group.† Prior to this he was responsible for business development across the Dresdner Bank Group (Banking, Investment Banking and Fund Management) in Greater China, Korea and South East Asia. He was a director of Kleinwort Benson Limited.
Simon Read, Managing Director - Lending
Simon is a Senior Business Development Executive with over 15 year's experience from across the financial services industry, including residential and commercial mortgage origination, intermediary sales, intermediary development and the provision of advice.† Simon was a Development Director at Victoria Mortgages, responsible for distribution strategy, product development and marketing.† He has also held business development, sales and marketing positions at Interbay Commercial Funding, The Mortgage Operation, The Finance Centre, Millfield Group plc and Taylor Nelson Sofres plc.
Kevin Blake, Chief Risk Officer
Kevin has over 30 years experience in retail and corporate banking most recently in Ireland as Chief Risk Officer for Irish Bank Resolution Corporation responsible for risk management and compliance, holding specific Regulatory approved positions with the Central Bank of Ireland. Previously he held various senior management positions at Cooperative Bank and Barclays as well as non- executive director at Unity Trust Bank.
Jason Neale, Sales Director
Jason has a detailed knowledge of mortgage distribution having held senior roles with mortgage lenders, mortgage distributors and mortgage advisory firms.
His previous lending experience comes via his role as Sales Director for specialist lender Infinity Mortgages, as well as senior management and business development roles at Advantage Home Loans, GMAC RFC and Cheltenham & Gloucester. His work with intermediary businesses include being Regional Sales Director for the mortgage network First Complete and Sales Director for Mortgage Advice Bureauís specialist affordable housing broker TMP Sherwins.
Nick Pettitt, Company Secretary
Nick became Company Secretary in August 2016 and retains his Group Risk Management role. He has worked in various areas of the financial services industry during his career including Operational and Project Management positions within subsidiaries of Abbey National and NatWest. Latterly he was Secretary of the mortgage lender Holmesdale Building Society.
Andrew Chen,†Chief Financial Officer
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and former investment banker with over 17 years experience across the financial services industry across Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, EY, Investec and Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Mars Capital, he was at Royal Bank of Scotlandís Restructuring division where he lead various teams including the Strategic Delivery Unit, Executive Decision Support and Portfolio Planning & Analytics.