Alternative Bridging Corporation and Aldermore strengthen teams

Alternative Bridging Corporation and Aldermore have announced new appointments.

Alternative Bridging Corporation

Alternative Bridging Corporation has appointed Kalpna Patel as an underwriter and Maria Mcilroy as a case manager.

Kalpna has over 27 years of experience in customer-facing lending and underwriting roles at Santander.

Meanwhile Maria — who will help facilitate smooth application processing — has experience across multiple industries, spending the last seven years working for St James’s Place and Mortgage Advice Bureau.

Kalpna commented: “Alternative Bridging has such a strong reputation in property lending. 

“I’m really pleased to join the team and look forward to contributing to further enhancing that reputation by helping even more borrowers.” 

Maria added: “In whatever role I’ve had, I’ve always been committed to delivering a great service to customers. 

“I’m looking forward to using my experience of working on the broker side of transactions to help Alternative Bridging continue to deliver the outstanding standards of service for which it already has such a strong reputation.”

Stephen Meller, director at Alternative Bridging, stated: “Outstanding service is such an important part of what we do, and that can only be possible with an experienced and committed team. 

“It’s great news for brokers that we are continuing to invest in that team with the recruitment of Kalpna and Maria. 

“They both have great expertise and are genuinely committed to going above and beyond to deliver excellent results for brokers and borrowers — I know they will fit in very well.”


Aldermore has recruited Romy Murray as a non-executive director and Nicolina Andall as its first apprentice board member.

Romy has over 30 years of experience in the financial services and oil industries and has spent much of her executive career at Standard Chartered, including in senior positions for its risk and legal functions. 

She is currently a non-executive director at Nomura Bank International, chair of Banque Nomura France’s audit and risk committee, and chair of the remuneration committee of Nomura Europe Holdings PLC, as well as an executive coach and ambassador for Women on Boards.

“Having worked across the banking industry and being a small business owner myself, I know how crucial it is to provide tailored funding solutions to clients,” she said.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the experienced and respected Aldermore board.”

Nicolina, who is currently in-house counsel for Atlas Copco, has over 20 years of experience as a commercial lawyer, and has served on the boards of public and non-profit organisations.

Previously, she was a senior solicitor at SJ Berwin LLP, where she was responsible for construction deals in the UK. 

Nicolina is an independent panel member at the Ministry of Justice and an independent member of the London Advisory Committee, assessing candidates for magistrate roles.

“Aldermore has a great reputation for challenging the financial sector and developing people,” she commented.

“I’m excited to start this new role and look forward to participating fully in and absorbing all aspects of the workings of the board.”

Aldermore has created the apprentice board member position to give aspiring and diverse talent first-hand experience of a commercial board as an observer rather than a director. 

It will provide an opportunity for those starting out on a non-executive career to develop relevant board experience in a commercial environment. 

Pat Butler, chairman at Aldermore, commented: “We are delighted to welcome both Romy and Nicolina to Aldermore. 

“Romy’s extensive background in international banking and overseas markets will be invaluable as we seek out more avenues to innovate and grow our footprint in the UK.

“Nicolina is an accomplished commercial lawyer with experience in public and not-for-profit arenas. We were impressed by her achievements, enthusiasm and determination to build a non-executive portfolio. 

“I am confident that Aldermore will benefit from her experience, and we are committed to mentoring her during her time with us, which we hope will be a springboard to a successful non-executive career.”

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