About us

We’re customer obsessed: We’ve spent eight years building a business known for putting its customers first. Our customers come back to us time and again, because they trust us to put together the right deal, at the right time.

We’re not your average lender: We provide funding to property investors and developers at every stage of the property life cycle. You won’t get that type of commitment anywhere else. And we’re not a bank, so we can be as flexible as our customers need us to be.

We relish the unconventional: There’s always a better way to do business. We take pride in achieving what others think is impossible, and our unique approach has helped us win every property lending award going.

We’re part of something bigger: We’re proud to be part of Octopus, a group of innovative companies that are determined to create better futures for everyone by taking care of their financial security, health and wellbeing.

Don't just take our word for it
We like to think that approach is why we've won almost every industry award going. We're proud of that recognition, and we won't let it stop us trying to do even better for our customers in the future.
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Meet the team
Everyone at Octopus Property has an instinctive understanding of the needs of landlords, developers and property investors. It’s in our DNA. And it means we’ll never stop working to be the UK’s most flexible and customer-focused funding partner.
Leadership team
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Mario Berti
CEO
Mario joined Octopus Investments in 2010 as Head of Specialist Finance and chaired the Investment Committee for seven years. He was previously a board member of NM Rothschild & Sons. Mario read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Ludo Mackenzie
Head of Commercial Property
Ludo joined Octopus Property in 2013, having previously worked at Henderson Global Investors, where he managed the UK element of seven pan-European funds. Before that Ludo held roles at Melford Capital and LaSalle Investment Management. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
D'mitri Zaprzala
Head of Sales
D’mitri joined Octopus investments in 2011, where he worked on the tax-efficient product range, focused on IHT, VCT and EIS markets. He currently runs a team of Business Development Managers. Before joining Octopus, D’mitri worked for Chelsea Building Society.
Commercial team
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Dominic Gibson
Fund Manager
Dominic joined Octopus Property in 2014. Previously, he was a fund manager at Active Group, where he managed a £175m portfolio. Prior to that, Dominic was a fund manager at Ekistics Property Investors and was also an investment surveyor at JLL. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
James Nunn
Fund Manager
James joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously, he worked for D2 Private, a boutique investment management and development business, where he was an Associate. Before this, James held surveyor roles at CBRE and at BNP Paribas. James is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
Nick Westoby
Fund Manager
Nick joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously, he was at Hatfield Philips International (Starwood Capital Group), where he was the senior member of its UK Real Estate team. Nick has also held origination roles at Gatehouse Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland. Nick is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
Development team
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Gavin Eustace
Head of Development
Gavin joined Octopus Property in 2014 and was recruited to help set-up the Residential Development Funding team. Before joining Octopus, Gavin spent ten years working in corporate real estate debt at Lloyds Bank, with a focus on the housebuilder and residential development sectors.
Jamie Rahder
Development Originator
Jamie joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously he worked within the Property Finance team at Hampshire Trust Bank. Jamie graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Economics.
Martyn Pollock
Refurbishment and Light Development Origination Manager
Martyn joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously he ran a property development business in West London focused on residential developments and refurbishments. Martyn also spent four years as a corporate lawyer specialising in Private Equity transactions.
Sales team
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Alex Alexandrou
Business Development Manager - East
Alex joined Octopus Property in 2016. Prior to that, he managed an estate agents for three years, and also working in foreign exchange for two years, working on hedging products for the corporate sales team.
Carl Graham
Business Development Manager - North
Carl joined Octopus Property in 2018. He has spent 15 years working in the financial services industry, previously working for Advantage Homeloans, Beacon Homeloans and more recently Bridgebank Capital.
Charlie Stoop
Business Development Manager - South East
Charlie joined Octopus Investments in 2015 and completed IMC 1 & 2 and CFA Level 1. He then joined Octopus Property in 2018 to focus on the South East. Outside of work he enjoys all sports and regularly plays tennis and squash – including getting the chance to play at Wimbledon this summer.
Chris Scott
Business Development Manager - London
Chris joined Octopus Investments in 2014 before moving to Octopus Property in 2016. Previously he worked for a global insights and consultancy firm as part of their graduate scheme. He has a First-Class degree in Economics.
Chris Timms
Business Development Manager - Midlands
Chris joined Octopus Property in 2018 having spent 10 years working in financial services. Originally a broker himself at Which? and L&C, Chris has since worked at Natwest, and most recently Together covering the Midlands accounts.
Dan Murray
Head of London Sales
Dan joined Octopus Property in 2015. Previously he worked as a relationship manager for BlackRock.
Darius Shekarrizi
Business Development Manager - Kent and Essex
Darius joined Octopus Property in 2018. He has spent 12 years working in the financial services industry, previously working for Barclays, Santander, First 4 Bridging and most recently Oblix Capital.
Jamie Russell
Business Development Manager - East
James joined Octopus Property in May 2017. Before moving into financial services, he served as a Captain in the Infantry, having trained at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Michelle Walsh
Business Development Manager - West
Michelle joined Octopus Property in 2018 having spent 16 years working in financial services. For over 11 of those years she worked for Barclays in several sales and operational roles. Most recently she worked at Together, having built brand and product awareness in South Wales and the South West.
Paula Purdy
Business Development Manager - North
Paula joined in October 2018 and brings over 17 years experience. She joined from Shawbrook Bank, where she was head of sales for residential mortgages. Paula is responsible for broker relationships in and around major northern cities, including Chester, Liverpool, Crewe and Warrington.
Sam Wisker
Business Development Manager - London
Sam joined Octopus Property in 2015 and has worked his way up from a junior role to Business Development Manager for the London region. He graduated from Bristol with a degree in Economics and Management.
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