CapitalRise, Strettons and BFS bolster teams

CapitalRise, Strettons and Bridging Finance Solutions (BFS) have added new members to their teams.


CapitalRise has made six appointments after reporting strong growth in the first half of 2021.

As part of a record-breaking year, the company has now funded prime real estate assets worth over £500m GDV in prime locations across London and the South East.

Mark Cecil, David Jenkins, Charlie Mahalski and Pip Lashko-Sayers have joined the platform’s investing team, while Lee Francis and Lisa Singh will be part of the company’s lending team.

Mark, who was brought on as a partner responsible for accelerating the growth of CapitalRise’s institutional client base, has over 30 years of experience in the hedge fund industry and was a founding partner of Jabre Capital Partners.

David was named head of product and will focus on defining and delivering the future strategy of the CapitalRise platform. 

Charlie joins as an experienced investor relations specialist and will manage and grow CapitalRise’s investor relationships and help investors to manage their portfolios, as well as keeping them informed of upcoming investment opportunities. 

Pip has been hired as an institutional capital client manager, joining the company from Danske Bank, where he formerly worked as a relationship manager.

For the lending team, Lee and Lisa join as lending director and associate director, respectively.

In his new role, Lee, who has worked in development finance and banking for over 23 years, will manage originating, structuring, and executing real estate debt transactions, focused on quality assets within prime London and prime Home Counties.

Meanwhile, Lisa, who brings over 20 years of experience in banking and property finance and joins from West One Loans, will oversee originating and managing broker and borrower relationships, alongside managing a robust property development portfolio.

Uma Rajah, co-founder and CEO at CapitalRise, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of six new team members to CapitalRise. 

“Having had a record-breaking start to 2021, these new hires are testament to the success of our business strategy over the past 18 months. 

“They will play a pivotal role in ensuring that lending volumes and redemptions to investors continue with significant growth into 2022 and beyond.”


Strettons has appointed Anthony Salata as a senior consultant to its receivership department.

In his new role, he will add his commercial real estate expertise in restructuring, dispute resolution and receiverships to Strettons’ expanding team, headed up by the company’s director, Paul Joseph.

Prior to joining Strettons, Anthony — whose property career spans over 30 years — held roles at various companies, including Jorden Salata and Avison Young Anthony.

He is also a former chairman of the RICS Dispute Resolution Practice Panel for arbitration, adjudication, mediation and independent expert work.

Commenting on his appointment, Anthony said: “I have long been impressed by the capabilities and performance of Strettons in acting on behalf of its commercial and residential clients. 

“In a turbulent, post-pandemic market, particularly with the challenges faced by commercial and residential landlords, I’m looking forward to bringing my specialist expertise to the Strettons receivership team to complement the important work they are already doing.”

Paul added: “I am delighted to welcome Anthony to Strettons, and the team and I are very much looking forward to working with him. 

“His core strengths lie in enhancing commercial and residential property assets, as well as realising distressed portfolios. 

“His experience is a real boost for our growing team, who are in high demand.”


BFS has appointed Anthony Griffiths as a BDM for Wales and the South West.

In his new role, he will supports BFS’s wider growth strategy, strengthening its presence across Wales, also incorporating parts of the South West and the Midlands.

He will also further build on his network of introducers and develop new relationships.

“For almost a decade I have worked for brokers and packagers, helping mortgage brokers and financial intermediaries with all areas of specialist finance, including mortgages, second charges, bridging, development and commercial finance,” said Anthony. 

“I am passionate about building lasting relationships with my introducers and other financial intermediaries. 

“I feel able to empathise with the broker position unlocking challenges through our services and products. 

“I was very aware of BFS within the industry and was really impressed with their approach, vision and aspirations.”

Steve Barber, managing owner at BFS, added: “Anthony is the perfect fit for this new role. 

“The team is expanding within all areas the business and its crucial we get the right BDMs in place which will help us fulfil our ambitious and exciting future growth plans.”

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