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Judging panel 2021

Chair of the judges: Adam Cadle, Editor, MoneyAge
Richard Beardshaw, Head of Sales, HSBC UK for Intermediaries
David Burrowes, Chair, Equity Release Council
Greg Cunnington, Director of Lender Relationships and New Homes, Alexander Hall Associates
Robert McCoy, Senior Product & Business Manager, TMA Club
Louisa Sedgwick, MD Mortgages
Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive, AMI and AFB
Adam Tyler, Executive Chairman, FIBA
Neil Wyatt, Sales & Marketing Director, Mortgage Brain

Image titleChair of the judges: Adam Cadle, Editor, MoneyAge
Adam Cadle is a business and finance journalist with ten years’ experience, and is currently the editor of Insurance Asset Management, overseeing the rise of the brand for the past four years. He also has editorship of MoneyAge, the leading brand for IFAs, mortgage brokers and the financial services sector. He previously worked as deputy editor on Pensions Age and European Pensions. Adam has chaired a number of judging panels over the years both in the personal finance and insurance asset management spaces. He is a graduate from Sussex University with a BA honours in French and History and is NCTJ qualified.

Image titleRichard Beardshaw, Head of Sales, HSBC UK for Intermediaries
Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the financial service industry. He started his career at Scottish Life Assurance as a life and pensions consultant, before joining Platform Home Loans as a BDM in 1999 working his way up to become Head of Sales. He joined Lehman Brothers in 2007 as director of sales for one of its intermediary mortgage brands, SPML. Following Lehman Brothers exit from the UK mortgage market in 2008, he worked briefly for a specialist insurance company, Exchange Bond before joining Countrywide as an account director where he was responsible for developing their hugely successful surveying, conveyancing and asset management B2B proposition with leading UK bank and building societies. Richard joined HSBC in 2015 as head of sales and is responsible for HSBC UK for Intermediaries external intermediary distribution managing a team of 42 senior corporate account managers, heads of region and BDMs.

Image titleDavid Burrowes, Chair, Equity Release Council
David has been the Equity Release Council’s chairman since 2017 and a solicitor for 25 years. He was MP for Enfield Southgate from 2005 to 2017. David has championed social justice and consumer protection, working on behalf of his constituents on issues relating to pensions and financial services products and working closely with ministers, regulators and banks.

Image titleGreg Cunnington, Director of Lender Relationships and New Homes, Alexander Hall Associates
Greg has worked for Alexander Hall since 2007, starting as a graduate scheme mortgage adviser. He has worked his way through the business covering various areas of sales management, including establishing their new homes division, and is now a member of the senior management team. Key responsibilities include managing lender relationships at Alexander Hall, and continuing to oversee the businesses growing New Homes department.

Image titleRobert McCoy, Senior Product & Business Manager, TMA Club
Robert has worked in the Financial Services Industry since 1979 with the last 20 years in the Mortgage Intermediary market. After leaving a retail Bank in 1996, where he had a varied career from Junior Cashier to Regulated Seller & Supervisor as well as a number of Branch Manager positions in the West Midlands, Robert has since held a number of roles in Product, Communications and Marketing, as well as some Relationship Management with leading Distributors. He has had experience in both supporting FCA Directly Authorised Firms and Network Appointed Representatives. Robert holds a number of Industry Professional qualifications and attends many local Industry forums to keep abreast of market developments.

Image titleLouisa Sedgwick, MD Mortgages
Louisa began her career in financial services in 1992 and has worked across many aspects of the mortgage industry since then, from working in branch to her current role as managing director mortgages, Vida Homeloans and is also chair at the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA). Previous roles have included the management of her own company in which she advised institutions on financial service issues and Leeds Building Society’s head of intermediary distribution where she worked closely with Key Account Partners and the BDM/TBDM Teams.

Image titleRobert Sinclair, Chief Executive, AMI and AFB
Robert helped establish the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries (AMI) as an independent entity on 1 February 2012. Robert joined the former parent trade body, AIFA, in October 2006, initially looking after the Association of Finance Brokers and since 2008, AMI. He looks after the day-to-day running of AMI and AFB by lobbying government, regulators and other policy-makers, liaising with fellow trade bodies and briefing the national and trade press. He brings a wealth of industry experience to the trade body having held a number of front line sales roles in personal, private and corporate banking combined with experience in marketing, training and internal audit with both HSBC and Santander. Robert is also a non-executive director of the Buckinghamshire Building Society and advises the Bank of England as a member of the Residential Property Forum.

Image titleAdam Tyler, Executive Chairman, FIBA
Adam began his early life as a Merchant Navy officer with Shell before coming ashore. Following a career with the Royal Bank of Scotland, in 2005 Adam took over the running of a financial Trade Association responsible for 1600 Commercial Finance Brokers and 140 lenders to business. During that period he oversaw lending to SME's of around £100 billion. In addition he also had the chance to help shape and influence some of the new business lenders that came to market following the financial crisis. Adam is the Chairman of the Financial Intermediary and Broker Association, a non-exec Director of a Westminster based Small Business group and he also owns and runs a Finance Platform helping businesses across the country gain better access to finance.

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Neil Wyatt, Sales & Marketing Director, Mortgage Brain
Neil Wyatt is responsible for the overall sales teams at Mortgage Brain and marketing proposition, including a development and growth strategy for the business. Neil has over 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry and most recently held the position of Head of Distribution at Platform (The Co-operative Bank) for six years. His previous experience includes Sales Director at Connect Mortgage Group and Head of Corporate Accounts at Mortgages Plc, where he was responsible for creating strategic relationships.

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