Foundation Home Loans, Hodge and Harpenden Building Society bolster teams

Foundation Home Loans, Hodge and Harpenden Building Society have expanded their specialist finance teams.

Foundation Home Loans

Foundation Home Loans has promoted George Gee and Kelly Pallister to managing directors of the commercial and operations divisions, respectively.

George has been working at Foundation for six years in a variety of roles, most recently as commercial director.

Meanwhile, Kelly has been promoted to the new position after working as the company’s director of servicing for the last 18 months. 

Hans Geberbauer, CEO at Foundation Home Loans, said: “George and Kelly have been instrumental in propelling Foundation into the big league of specialist mortgage lenders in 2021, so we are incredibly pleased to be announcing their promotions to managing directors. 

“During their years at Foundation and elsewhere, they have developed a deep appreciation of the risks and challenges associated with our market, and share a passion for delivering the best outcomes for our customers, partners and stakeholders.

“This is a big step forward for Foundation – one which I hope sends a clear and strong message to the market. 

“It develops our leadership team and means we have people with all the right attributes to meet our targets and ambitions, and to develop and grow our proposition in a highly competitive marketplace.”


Hodge has appointed Rob Regan as chief operating officer.

In his new role, he will lead the bank’s customer service, operational, change and technology teams.

Rob joins the bank from Ascentric, where he worked as CEO for three years.

Prior to this, he held senior roles at various companies, including Legal & General and Royal London Group.

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said: “Joining Hodge as its new COO is a tremendous opportunity. 

“It is a business I have admired from afar during my career and joining Hodge while it’s planning its next stage of growth and introducing such innovative mortgage products to the market is really exciting. 

“Its recent investments in fintech and energy technology companies is also something I’m really passionate about and I’m looking forward to learning more about these exciting disruptors.

“The combination of fantastic people and a strong focus on technology will enable it to deliver against its core purpose to make a difference for its customers, in the moments that matter.”

Rob added that he was looking forward to enhancing collaboration across the business and continuing to develop the bank’s culture.

Dave Landen, CEO at Hodge, stated: “Having someone of Rob’s calibre and experience join us at Hodge is a real coup. 

“Rob joins at an incredibly exciting time in our history as we continue to grow and support our customers with our specialist offerings. 

“He will continue the enhancements we have made to our customer service teams as we strive to deliver excellent customer experiences and lead our move to offering first-class digital services. 

“I welcome Rob to Hodge and look forward to working closely with him as we build a hugely exciting future.”

Harpenden Building Society

Harpenden Building Society has appointed Mike Cutler as its new commercial director.

In the newly created role, he will be responsible for developing the company’s mortgage and savings propositions and their delivery.

Mike has 30 years of experience working in the finance industry, having held senior roles at various companies, including Tesco Bank, ING Direct UK and, most recently, Golden Charter.

“This is a great time to be joining Harpenden,” said Mike. 

“I’ll be working alongside a new dynamic and evolving management team where there is a real drive to create a meaningful mortgage proposition that serves the needs of intermediaries and their customers.   

“The year ahead will see a focus on improving the service, response times and simplifying how intermediaries work with us.  

“As a finance provider dedicated to lending to customers with more complex needs, such as multiple sources of income, self-employed and even unusual properties, it’s our flexible and personal underwriting approach that will help us make a difference and become a lender of choice for our intermediary partners going forward. 

“This is the start of a new journey for us and exciting times are ahead!”

Richard Doe, CEO at Harpenden Building Society, added: “We are delighted that Mike will be leading our commercial function, ensuring our brokers and their customers are given the best possible access to our expanding portfolio of mortgage and savings products.

“He has an excellent track record and experience gained in a mutual environment, alongside a successful career path spent with progressive banking and mortgage businesses. 

“Mike will play a key role in developing exclusive options for our network partners, while enhancing our proposition to the mortgage intermediary market more generally. 

“His appointment is a significant addition to Harpenden’s management team.”

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