New recruits join Mint, F4B, Fisher German and Pepper

Mint Property Finance, Fisher German, Pepper Money and First 4 Bridging (F4B) have all expanded their teams.

Mint Property Finance

Mint Property Finance has welcomed four new members to its specialist finance team with immediate effect.

The lender has appointed Joseph Haworth as finance director, who brings over 20 years of business and finance expertise.

Joseph joins the company from Latium, where he was managing director.

In addition, he will also continue his work as trustee at Motherwell Cheshire.

The specialist finance provider has also appointed Rachel McIver as portfolio manager, who joins from Lloyds Bank, and Samuel Williams and Bethany Clawson as underwriters.

Andrew Lazare, founder and managing director at Mint Property Finance, said: “Investing in the right team is a key part of our growth strategy.  

“As we continue to expand our breadth of market beating products and our geographic reach both in Scotland and the South, it’s important that we also expand the breadth of our team.

“Joseph, Rachel, Samuel and Bethany bring to the business not only proven and extensive sector expertise, but a genuine passion and commitment to the industry.  

“They’re incredibly talented and a great fit with our team; we’re delighted to welcome them to the Mint Property Finance family.”

The news follows the launch of its second ‘power product’ in July.


F4B has appointed Drena Gashi as a key account manager to cover London and the surrounding areas, and Katie Dawes as an underwriter.

Drena has significant sales and finance experience, with a strong focus on specialist lending and private client relationships.

She previously worked at Crystal Specialist finance and JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Meanwhile, Katie — who has worked in the finance industry for nine years, including positions at Affirmative Finance, TFC Homeloans and, most recently, Legal Hub Group — will be responsible for ensuring that cases progress smoothly and that all SLAs are achieved. 

Commenting on the appointments, Donna Wells, director at F4B, said: “We are delighted to have attracted two outstanding talents to help accelerate our ambitious growth plans and provide an even stronger level of expertise and support for new and existing intermediary partners.

“Drena brings her own unique style of transatlantic enthusiasm, aptitude and extensive market experience, which will allow her to establish a number of key relationships and help support a range of complex transactions. 

“In addition, Katie prides herself on delivering the highest service standards, and her determination to meet case deadlines, while working hard to deliver the best client outcomes, will help bolster an already strong underwriting team.

“Further additions are expected to the F4B team as we continue to expand the business to accommodate growing demand across all areas of the specialist lending marketplace.”

In February 2021, F4B expanded its intermediary proposition with the launch of the F4B Network.

Fisher German

Fisher German has re-elected Andrew Bridge as managing partner, added associate director, Helena Tibbitts, to its partnership, and promoted Duncan Bedhall to senior partner.
Helena and Duncan’s promotions will take effect from 1st October.

Andrew became managing partner in April 2019 and will complete his first three-year term in March 2022. 

He stood uncontested for a second term, garnering overwhelming support from the wider partnership.

“When I became managing partner in 2019, working closely with the wider partnership, I quickly began implementing our big agenda, including a new strategic direction and supporting vision and values,” said Andrew.

“Negotiating our way through the pandemic has been challenging but, with the dedication and commitment shown by our colleagues, we have stuck to our ambitious plans and I look forward to the firm seeing these benefits during my second term in office.”

Meanwhile, Helena, who joined Fisher German in 2006 and leads the rural and residential valuation team, will join the partnership following a recommendation from the senior partner group overseeing the firm’s Pathway to Partnership scheme, which aims to prepare associate directors to thrive as partners and business leaders.

Lastly, Duncan, who has over 30 years of experience working in the industry, will commence the role of senior partner for three years, succeeding Tim Shuldham, who will be stepping down after retiring from the partnership earlier this year.

Tim will continue to offer his expertise as a consultant partner, supporting colleagues and clients from the firm’s Doncaster office.

Commenting on his promotion, Duncan said: “Tim has done a fantastic job in progressing our Pathway to Partnership scheme and navigating the partnership and its priorities through the pandemic. 

“I look forward to continuing his excellent work and representing the partners over the next three years.”

Tim added: “Duncan is a well respected member of the partnership and approaches the role with the enthusiasm and rigour required to do it justice. 

“Helena has demonstrated the leadership qualities, professionalism and technical experience expected of those progressing into the partnership, and I congratulate her on this excellent achievement.”

Pepper Money

Pepper Money has appointed Keith Campsie as regional development manager for Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.

He will be working with advisers in the region, enabling them to help more customers, including those that are self-employed, earn irregular income, are first-time buyers, have little on their credit record, or have adverse credit.

Keith has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage market, having previously held roles at Northern Rock, Virgin Money and, most recently, TSB Bank.

“I’m really excited to be joining Pepper Money at such an exciting time,” stated Keith.

“As the market recovers from the impacts of the pandemic, I’m looking forward to helping brokers — old and new — to place more business and assist more of their customers whose circumstances may have become more complex.”

Ryan Brailsford, head of sales at Pepper Money, added: “As customers review their finances following the disruption of the pandemic, we’re seeing an increased need for specialist lending and the ability to manually underwrite more complex scenarios. 

“Brokers therefore need to develop strong relationships with lenders like Pepper so that they’re able to meet this demand. 

“I’m delighted that Keith has chosen to join Pepper Money to help us to establish more of these strong relationships with brokers in Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire.”

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