10 questions with Nick Warren of Regentsmead

10 questions with Nick Warren of Regentsmead

He has a passion for speed, Las Vegas and hates the culture of banking bonuses; Miranda Atty speaks to Nick Warren, Head of Lending at Regentsmead.


He has a passion for speed, Las Vegas and hates the culture of banking bonuses; Miranda Atty speaks to Nick Warren, Head of Lending at Regentsmead...

How long have you been at Regentsmead and what did you do previously?

I joined Regentsmead in May 2002 and previously used to work in the Operations Division of a high street conveyancing legal practice.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

My passion for speed from an early age always pointed me in the direction of being a racing driver – this aspiration never materialised but instead I now work for the fastest and Best Development Lender 2011 (so there is a small resemblance regarding the speed element at least!)

If you could do anything you wanted this Sunday, what would it be?

All work and no play is not a healthy combination so on this coming Sunday I will be enjoying some vigorous exercise at the gym whilst relaxing in the afternoon with my girlfriend (as long as she is in agreement to this, which should be the case).

Which football team do you support and why?

Easy – I don’t support a football team.

What is the best and worst thing about your job?

There are numerous advantages to my current role and I won’t bore you with listing these off. However, if I was to give the best part of the job this is definitely the feeling when a deal completes and the client is about to embark on what should be a lucrative project for both parties. The more profit a client makes the more they can put into the next project – this in my eyes means a win-win situation for all.

The worst part of my job is not having enough hours in the day – a common issue I imagine with most people.

f you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

A cheetah because they’re the fastest land animal.

What’s your favourite movie and why?

A very tough one – but it has to be The Hangover because it’s an exceptionally funny film based in the infamous Las Vegas, which is one of my favourite places of all time.

What do you expect to happen in the bridging finance industry over the next 12 months?

The bridging finance industry has been expanding at pace in recent years and those who survive will be the companies who lend diligently and cautiously.

The next 12 months will be an interesting time for both bridging and development financiers as the lack of funding from banks is still evident and this is having a domino effect on the business private lenders can cash in on.

What would you put in room 101 if you had the chance?

The culture of banking bonuses, which is still operating today despite the enormous deficit the country has as a result of bailing out the careless lending that the banks were involved in.

What’s your favourite book?

What you see is what you get: My biography – by Alan Sugar. Whilst I haven’t read the whole book it provides an inspiration to all who are looking to be a success in business


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