Personal finance

Together divides brokerage team into business and personal finance

Specialized lender Together has restructured its intermediary relations team into two specialized support groups for personal and business finance.

The specialist UK-wide commercial broker sales team will manage relationships with key partners whose clients are seeking unregulated bridge loans, buy-to-let loans and commercial mortgages.

Paula Purdy will lead the North team, while Tanya Elmaz will lead the South team, reporting to Sales Director Sundeep Patel who will lead the seven-member specialist sales team.

Purdy has worked at Together for just over three years, as a regional account manager. Before that, she worked at Octopus Property and Shawbrook Bank.

Elmaz has been with the lender for almost seven years and previously worked at Alternative Bridging Corporation, Mortgage Express and Bradford and Bingley.

Together promoted James Briggs (illustrated) as Head of Middle Sales for the Personal Finance team, where he will lead three specialist account managers across the UK. This includes Gary Lomax who operates in the North, Michelle Walsh who is in the South West and Andy Neo who is based in the South.

Briggs will report to Together personal finance distribution manager Alan Davidson and worked at the lender for about a year after leaving Precise Mortgages where he worked for seven years. He has also worked at Evolution Money, Home 3 and B Finance Group.

Patel said its middle channel had a record last quarter for lending volumes in March, but it was “striving to continually improve our business performance.”

She added, “The overall decision to create two dedicated sales teams will reinforce our commitment to our broker partners by creating even better service and quality, developing mutually valuable relationships to achieve the best possible results for their clients.