Mortgage Mole: The wheel deal


Intrepid Mole, digging up the stories behind the news

The wheel deal

Mole would like to wish Ian Giles of new mortgage lender Vida Homeloans and Alison Beech of Valunation chartered surveyors the best of luck as they join a team of 20 fundraisers from the UK financial services industry called the Moneyspinners, who are aiming to raise at least £12,000 for Breast Cancer Care by riding 100 miles from London to Surrey on Sunday 31 July.

At the head of the Moneyspinners peloton for this particular event is Paul Pester, chief executive of TSB Bank.


Beech (inset) says: “I’m honouring the memory of my friend, Beverley Smith, an awesome netballer, an enthusiastic party girl, a great mum and a wonderful friend. She had overcome cancer a few years ago but it sneaked back last year and stole her in May, when she still had so much life to live.”

Giles (above) adds: “I’m doing the ride because of all the friends, mothers, sisters and daughters who deserve to have the best chance possible when facing a diagnosis of breast cancer.

“And I’d like to thank Adam Connolly, Peter Brodnicki and Guy Batchelor for their very generous support.”

You can show your support for Beech at and Giles at

Trade secrets

One of Mole’s favourite parts of compiling Mortgage Strategy’s profile interviews is getting under the skin of seemingly conventional industry professionals and finding out what makes them tick.

In details that emerged during this week’s cover interview with two of New Street’s directors, Adrian Whittaker revealed that, before making it big in the mortgage world, he was a punk: “I had peroxide hair and an earring. I used
to go and watch all the major bands. The Clash, The Jam, all of them. I used to be quite hardcore. Now look at me.”

Meanwhile his colleague, David Finlay, showed a softer side, aligning himself more with the frilly-sleeved New Romantics.

“I’m a bit of a luvvie,” he admits. “I love the theatre and the opera.

“My son is a budding actor. He’s trodden the boards with the Royal Shakespeare Company a couple of times. He’s going to South America soon to film Bates of the Amazon.”The wheel deal