Job appointments

Atelier, 978 Finance and Hodge announce new hires

Atelier Capital Partners, 978 Finance and Hodge have all made a series of new appointments to their teams.

Atelier Capital Partners

Atelier Capital Partners has expanded its credit team as it closes in on its target to deliver more than £300m of development and bridging finance to Britain’s housebuilders within the next year.

Former head of property finance at Bank Leumi UK, Alasdair Houghton, has been appointed head of credit at Atelier. 

He will work in tandem with the finance provider’s director of origination, Martin Gilsenan, to identify and fund residential development opportunities.

During his 12 years at Leumi, Alasdair arranged development finance for a large network of UK and international investors.

“I’ve watched Atelier with interest since it burst onto the market almost 18 months ago and am delighted to be joining as it dials up its lending appetite further,” he commented.

Alasdair will be supported in his role by senior investment manager, Paul Hayward, who joins from the private bank Hampden & Co, where he was banking director.

Atelier co-founder, Graham Emmett, added: “These are exciting times at Atelier. We recently sealed partnerships with a trio of leading financial institutions, including the international asset manager M&G Investments and the UK-based Paragon Bank, and have also securitised a tranche of our loan assets, enabling us to deploy our capital more efficiently and flexibly.

“Our credit team is central to the successful deployment of that financial firepower. 

“It’s a team with a diverse range of backgrounds, from private banking to structured and short-term property finance. 

“All of them are experts in their field and all are committed to providing forward-thinking residential developers with a personal service and personalised solutions.”

Since the lender’s launch in January 2020, it has provided more than £150m to residential developers across the UK.

978 Finance

978 Finance has appointed Jon Hollywood as its new head of marketing.

He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leading industry contacts to the specialist finance brokerage, drawing upon 20 years of consulting on international projects, working with renowned companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Omega Group, Universal, EMI and TF1.

“Joining 978 Bridging at this time of significant national growth is truly exciting and provides a unique opportunity to develop a powerful communication strategy and cutting-edge innovative content to support 978’s long-term growth and shareholder value,” said Jon.

Simon Das, managing director at 978 Finance, added: “Jon’s appointment is a testament to our continued ability to attract a high calibre of industry professional, and I am thrilled to welcome Jon to our rapidly growing team.” 

The company intends to further invest into creating new digital content and launch its advertising campaigns on a national level.


Hodge has recruited James Enos as its new national account manager for the South. 

James — who joined Hodge in 2019 — moves from his role as business development manager in the South West and Wales.

In his new position, he will be working with networks, clubs and packagers to help more brokers find a home for their specialist cases.

Emma Graham, business development director at Hodge, said: “This appointment demonstrates Hodge’s commitment to its key distribution partners as its critical we maintain long standing, collaborative relationships. 

“James has made a real impact since he joined Hodge and his experience, combined with his extensive knowledge of the intermediary mortgage market, will be invaluable in helping the business grow our market share.” 

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