25 Sep 2018

Three new business development manager appointments

We've got three new hires, as we continue to grow our loan book and transact record volumes. Strengthening our regional sales teams, the new BDMs are Samantha Graydon in the Home Counties, Michelle Walsh in the West of England and Chris Timms in the Midlands. 

The appointments will support our rapidly growing regional footprint and strong intermediary network, as we target the increasing number of property professionals looking to benefit from the favourable returns available from property investment and development outside of London and the South East. 

Samantha joins from Castle Trust, where she was instrumental in growing the loan book in the Midlands and the North. In her new role, Samantha will be driving the residential, commercial and development broker relationships.  

Michelle joins from Together, where she raised brand and product awareness amongst intermediaries in the South West. Prior to Together, Michelle worked at Barclays for over 10 years in several different operational and sales roles. This expertise will help us develop new intermediary relationships, as well as continue to improve our market leading broker offering.

With 10 years’ experience in financial services, Chris brings a wealth of experience both from the broker and the direct lending side, most recently working as a BDM for Together, covering the Midlands.

Since the start of 2018 we've made 25 hires, supporting our significant loan book growth, which now stands over £800m. It follows the recent announcement that we have provided four regional commercial property loans, totalling £35m, across Birmingham, Derby, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Recruiting and retaining the industry’s brightest talent is vital for Octopus, and we’re pleased to welcome these three new BDMs to the business. Their regional expertise will help us offer a local service to brokers, while helping to build long term, trusted and personal relationships. We pride ourselves in not having any geographical limits or quotas that stop us from lending in specific areas, and this is aligned with the growing demand we are seeing from borrowers outside of London. Samantha, Michelle and Chris all have an in depth understanding of what is driving local markets, and we’re confident they’ll help us expand and strengthen our intermediary network as we target £1bn of lending over the next 12 months.
D'mitri Zaprzala
Head of Sales