Paula Purdy

Paula Purdy joins Octopus

Octopus Property has appointed Paula Purdy (pictured above) as business development manager for the North of England.

She will report directly to D’mitri Zaprzala, head of sales at Octopus Property.

Paula’s appointment follows three regional BDM hires last month.

She brings over 17 years of residential, commercial, buy-to-let and bridging lending experience.

Paula joins Octopus from Shawbrook Bank, where she was head of sales for residential mortgages.

She will be responsible for strengthening existing relationships with brokers and forming new ones in and around major northern cities, including Chester, Liverpool, Crewe and Warrington.

Since the start of 2018, Octopus has made 26 new appointments which have supported the growth of its loan book to over £800m.

Commenting on her appointment, D’mitri said that Paula had built a reputation as one of the industry’s most successful and respected sales managers and her appointment was a significant coup for Octopus Property.

“The roll-out of our regional offering continues to gather pace, aligned with the growing demand from developers and investors outside of London and the South East.

“Paula’s knowledge and experience operating across the North of England will further enhance our proposition as we look to replicate in the regions the success we have achieved over nearly 10 years.”

Paula added: “Joining Octopus Property represents a hugely exciting challenge for me, at what is a pivotal time for the industry.

“Being able to offer a local service – along with the breadth of Octopus’s offering and the support of the wider Octopus Group – meant it was an easy decision and I look forward to helping the talented team meet its ambition of being the UK’s number one specialist property lender.”

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