Roma hires ex-Together MD

A former managing director at Together and a former HSBC manager have been appointed to senior positions at Roma Finance.

The bridging lender has revealed that it has hired Steve Baker, who in a previous role held the position of Managing Director of Together’s retail division, as a non-executive director and Simon Micklethwaite, former business manager at HSBC, as relationship manager.

Steve brings 35 years of experience to Roma and will be helping the lender to take it to the next level of its growth where he will review the bridging sector in order to prepare a road map to ensure Roma continues to be an innovative lender.

Simon held senior roles at HSBC for 18 years and he will now be charged with developing new introducer relationships to enable Roma to facilitate customers borrowing requirements by utilising some of the new funds made available through its recent funding line with RBS.

The news also comes after Roma saw a 300% increase in lending volumes during Q1 as Scott Marshall, director at Roma, said its growth plans had become a reality.

“It’s important to take a strategic look at the way forward and these two appointments mean we are well on track to succeed further in the years ahead.

“We still require several new BDMs and a national sales manager to implement the structure for the rapidly increasing business levels and hope to make appointments soon. The future here we come.”

Steve added that it was extremely exciting to be working for an ambitious and pro-active team at Roma and that is was essential that it had the right programmes in place to handle its growth plans.

“More introducers are working with them than ever before and they are now experiencing the unique Roma service.

“It’ll be important to appoint the right new staff, have the latest systems and processes and build good, long-lasting relationships within the bridging sector.

“I’m confident I can provide the strategic input they need to help steer them in this success. It’s tremendous to be part of it.”

Simon added that he was really driven to grow Roma’s broker network and build relationships with them in the North East.

“It’s vital they know how the Roma service differs from other bridging lenders and, so far, the reception has been tremendous with new loans being written almost immediately after a series of meetings.

“I’m keen to stress we are very much open for business despite the uncertain economic climate. As the business levels grow, the Roma Finance service proposition to brokers will be even more exciting. Watch this space.”

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