David Thomas

The Society of Mortgage Professionals relaunches with cross-sector board of experts




The Society of Mortgage Professionals has relaunched with the appointment of a cross-sector board of industry experts.

David Thomas, joint managing partner at Chadney Bulgin (pictured above), will chair the new board, which consists of Liz Syms, CEO at Connect for Intermediaries; Bob Hunt, CEO at Paradigm Mortgage Services; Dean Mirfin, chief product officer at Key Group; Marie Grundy, sales director at West One Loans; Esther Dijkstra, director of strategic partnerships at Lloyds Banking Group; Carlos Thibaut, CEO at 360 Dot Net; Mark Hutchinson, member marketing and societies director at the Chartered Insurance Institute and Personal Finance Society; Matt Hall, strategy and operations manager at the CII; and Keith Richards, CEO at the PFS.

In addition to this, a new website has been created for the society including good practice guides on second charge mortgages, bridging and protection, as well as the Senior Managers & Certification Regime.

A good practice guide to later life mortgages and technology will be added early next year, while webinars and podcasts will also be created by the society.

Several educational events are scheduled to take place across the country next spring.

“With the increasing dynamism and complexity of the mortgage market, this is the perfect time to relaunch the Society of Mortgage Professionals,” said David.

“I am hugely excited to be leading a board of talented mortgage professionals, and it is my aim that we deliver value to members at all stages of their career development. 

“With almost 10,000 members, we have a real opportunity to effect positive change in the sector, encouraging the highest professional standards and playing a key role in maintaining public trust.”

Mark added: “The board of the Society of Mortgage Professionals consists of high-profile, experienced professionals from multiple disciplines from within the sector and, therefore, reflects the way the mortgage advice profession is evolving.”

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