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A Day In The Life Of… Mat Beecham, BM Solutions senior manager, broker engagement and policy

Mat BeechamMy alarm goes off at…

…any time between 4.30am and 5.30am for an early start; otherwise, I’m always awake before 6am. I’m an early bird so generally by 9pm I’m unable to function.

I can’t leave the house without…

…at least one very strong cup of coffee.

I travel to work…

…on planes, trains or automobiles, depending upon where I need to be; otherwise, it is a few steps from the kitchen to my office.

The main purpose of my job…

…is to try to improve continually and develop the BM Solutions buy-to-let proposition, as well as work through all the regulatory change. I also ensure that we continue to improve our products and services to make it as easy as possible for brokers to do business with us.

As well as working on projects, developments and initiatives, I also try to spend as much time as possible at broker events, meetings, and seminars to make sure I hear feedback directly from brokers.

My current role is a fairly new one in BM Solutions.

I joined…

…HBOS as a BDM after spending eight years as a financial adviser and mortgage broker 14 years ago.

After several years as a BDM for Intelligent Finance, I became a regional manager, working for several of the bank’s intermediary brands, before moving to BM Solutions and developing into my current role. I try to look at all things from a broker perspective.

My typical day…

…is never typical as no two days are the same. I have oversight of everything that is happening that affects brokers using BM Solutions, and given the constant change, this can be a daunting task.

I also work with a variety of people across BM Solutions and Lloyds Banking Group to support brokers and help and improve our team’s knowledge and expertise in this ever-changing market place.

People may not know that I’m responsible for…

…making sure that everything we do – from systems changes and ensuring we have consistent processes in place to the way we underwrite policies – is based on the work we do with brokers and their feedback.

A common misconception about my job is…

…that I don’t see the light of day. My role is so varied and involves engaging with many different people from within the business and outside it and takes me across the country.

The use of conference calls and online meetings has meant I don’t have to travel as much, but you cannot overestimate the value of face-to-face.

My favourite work memory is…

…playing a charity five-a-side football tournament, with ex-professional footballers mixed with (very) amateur broker and lender players.

Somehow, we got to the final, despite being embarrassed by largely overweight, aged and mostly inebriated ex-pros.

A perk of the job is…

…being able to work with many different people both within and outside of the bank.

My role is varied; in the same day, I could be either presenting or listening to broker feedback as well as meeting and training new starters at BM Solutions.

To unwind after work I like to…

…try and play golf. After many years off, I have started playing regularly again, but it is not as easy as I remember.

I also enjoy watching football after years of playing and age catching up with me.

My role in five words is…

…varied, intense, rewarding, challenging, enjoyable.


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