Executive Committee

Adam Tyler

Adam Tyler

Executive Chairman

Adam’s career began as an officer in the Merchant Navy with Shell. Once ashore, he became involved in property development and sales, later becoming a mortgage broker and then an IFA.

In the mid 90s, he worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland for 10 years and then in 2005, took the helm at the NACFB. During his 11-year tenure, he oversaw lending of around £100 billion from its members to UK SMEs. His time here allowed him to be involved in the changing shape of the industry during a period of unprecedented growth in the business lending market.

He now runs his own finance platform, has a brokerage for the specialist property sector and is a Director of an SME lobbying group based in Westminster.

Daniel Fireman

Daniel Fireman

Partner

Daniel is Head of Banking and Real Estate Finance at Howard Kennedy LLP solicitors, and has specialised in advising banks, development funders and bridging lenders on property finance matters since the late 1980s. Daniel offers a degree of general legal oversight, a lender oriented perspective and a broad knowledge and experience of the range of issues encountered daily in the industry by intermediaries and stakeholders generally.

Andre Bartlett

Andre Bartlett

Director

SPF Private Clients is one of the UK’s leading financial services intermediaries, specialising in advice to clients at the top-end of the market. SPF Private Clients is expert at providing financing solutions for residential, investment and commercial property both in the UK and Internationally. SPF can also arrange insurance - for both residential and commercial property - through SPF Insurance Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of SPF Private Clients.

Liz Syms

Liz Syms

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer and founder of Connect Mortgages and Connect for Intermediaries, Liz has been providing mortgage and financial advice for over 20 years. Liz and her team over of 30 staff specialise in arranging mortgages and in particular, helping landlords to build their portfolios. In 2012 Liz set up the specialist buy-to-let and commercial network that now supports over 100 mortgage brokers and also offers a packaging and referral services catering for the DAs and ARs of other Networks that need help with their specialist cases.

Liz spends a large part of her time delivering training to brokers that focusses on the brokers perspective of market and the lenders criteria and requirements, and regularly writes articles that feature in the trade press.

David Golder

David Golder

Director

David Golder, Managing Director of the Consumer Credit Centre, part of the wider SimplyBiz Group, has over 30 years’ experience of working in the financial services sector, mainly in senior management and board positions. His
career has spanned the dawn of regulation introduced by the Financial Services Act up to, and including, the current FCA regime.

Following a number of successful sales and management appointments with major UK product providers, David joined Bankhall Investment Associates, a UK-wide provider of regulatory compliance services, in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director in 2009. David joined The SimplyBiz Group in 2014 and has overall responsibility for the sales and recruitment team in addition to the Consumer Credit Centre.

Phil Gray

Phil Gray

Managing Director

Having learned his trade with the High Street Banks, Phil Gray forged a passion for Commercial Finance.

In 2006, Phil used this passion to launch Watts Commercial Finance Ltd and since then he has steered the business through an eventful decade culminating in the company celebrating its 10th Birthday in 2016.

Year on year Watts has grown into one of the biggest commercial brokerages in the UK and in 2017 the business began to receive recognition from the industry for a decade’s work, being “Highly Commended” by Business Moneyfacts and winning the prestigious “Commercial Broker of the Year” award at the B&C Awards.

The business continues to grow, recruiting high calibre Commercial Managers and Assistants to work with clients of all shapes and sizes, providing bespoke solutions to their commercial funding requirements.

Phil and his team focus on honesty, integrity and a passion for delivering outstanding results and customer service, whilst priding themselves on offering an old fashioned commercial brokering proposition which their clients adore!

Jordan McBriar

Jordan McBriar

Director

Having come from a property and finance background Jordan initially started his career as an Estate Agency in the middle of the 2008 recession. After 5 years of continual growth Jordan decided it was time to facilitate the acquisitions of property as opposed to selling them in early 2013 and went on to create Adapt Finance.

Utilising his contacts, as well as bringing in family and extended family members, Adapt soon became a recognised force within the short term bridging market collecting various awards along the way – some that were firsts for brokerages.

Growing market trends saw Adapt specialise in development, bridging and commercial finance solely within the B2C sector which had led to further accreditation.

Jordan, and Adapt, have become a market leader in service offering the same levels of care to both their clients and the lending partners – something which he looks forward to bringing to the Association.

Ben Lloyd

Ben Lloyd

Managing Director

Ben Lloyd, MD at Pure Commercial Finance (PCF) based in South Wales joined Barclays in 2005 advising on all elements of commercial lending and has made PCF into one of the leading specialist lending firms in the UK.

Julian Ingall

Julian Ingall

Director

Having always had an interest in property and initially part qualifying as an Architect, Julian decided to join the Financial Services industry in 1989.

In 2000 he jointly founded the boutique Mortgage Brokerage Cobalt Capital. As the managing partner of Cobalt Capital and at the centre of its growth, the company expanded to a peak of 90 staff and developed into one of the leading mortgage brokerages in London.

With more than a growing interest in the specialist and commercial sectors of the mortgage market and a determination to obtain finance on the seemingly impossible, Julian decided to follow his passion and invest into Coreco, becoming a Director of Coreco Specialist Finance in 2010.  His aim is to drive this business forward to become one of the strongest specialist finance teams in the industry, focussing on large residential loans for development / investment purposes and large property portfolios.

Julian was a short-listed finalist in the “Best Large Loan Broker” category at The British Mortgage Awards in 2011 & 2012.

Miranda Khadr

Miranda Khadr

Founder

Miranda provides commercial and bridging funding for residential and commercial properties both in the UK and internationally. She has arranged substantial funding over the past 5 years in an extremely difficult market. Based in central Mayfair, her operation deals directly with property developers, company owners as well as private individuals. Her unique relationship with lenders allows her to be one of the most respected and well placed brokers in the UK. She has built up strong sets of contacts supported by her focused and dedicated team.

Wayne Smethurst

Wayne Smethurst

Director

Wayne is a Partner in The Finance Centre, a business he founded in 1991. Working from central London & Cheshire to offer nationwide support, advice and solutions to intermediaries in the Short Term Lending market. This is a market that will continue to grow over the next few years and with the right support, intermediaries, networks and lenders can offer huge benefits to consumer and business borrowers alike in a safe and transparent way.