United Trust Bank hires head of underwriting for bridging

United Trust Bank (UTB) has appointed Nikki Brett (pictured above) as head of underwriting for its bridging division.

Nikki has over 30 years of experience working in the specialist finance sector, having held roles at various lenders, including Shawbrook Bank, Borro and Liquidity Central.

She joins UTB from Hampshire Trust Bank, where she was head of operations for development finance.

Nikki will work closely with the bank’s head of sales for bridging, Owen Bentley, both of whom report to the division’s director, Gavin Diamond.

The appointment will support UTB’s plans for the continued expansion of its bridging operations.

Commenting on the announcement, Gavin said: “2021 was a successful year for UTB’s bridging business, which has continued to transact record levels of new lending, despite the additional challenges and uncertainty created by the ongoing pandemic.

“Nikki brings considerable experience to the team and fills a key role as we continue to grow. 

“Our commitment to employing skilled and knowledgeable people, alongside the implementation of technology to accelerate and simplify broker and customer journeys, is cementing our position as a go-to lender for brokers with a wide variety of bridging requirements.”

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