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From the editor: Farewell… and thank you


Forgive me if what follows seems a little self-indulgent but, after nearly four years at Mortgage Strategy, two of them as editor, this is my final issue.

It has been an honour to guide this magazine during what has been an eventful period for the market.

Although I am leaving Mortgage Strategy, I am not quitting the industry as I am moving to the money desk of a national newspaper. But I leave this magazine in very capable hands, with Money Marketing editor Natalie Holt covering in the short term while my successor is secured. There is also my deputy, Sam Barker, a talented journalist who has taken to this sector exceptionally well.

This publication has always championed the broker community. It is a magazine that campaigns fiercely for those who give mortgage advice.

It was Mortgage Strategy that lobbied, successfully, for lenders to treat brokers fairly with regard to panel removals. Similarly, we have battled constantly for lenders to fairly remunerate advisers for their work, and since then many have increased their procuration fees.

And now we are supporting the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries – particularly chairman Pat Bunton – on the fair treatment of borrowers switching lenders. This support will continue after my departure because it is written into Mortgage Strategy’s DNA.

We have experienced in recent years possibly this industry’s most turbulent period and there will be more battles to come. But one thing I have learnt during my time at Mortgage Strategy is that the people who make up this great industry are incredibly resilient and can navigate a safe path through choppy waters.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has assisted both the magazine and me over the years. Your support has been invaluable, and hugely appreciated.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to all our readers. Without you, I would not have had the opportunity to edit this wonderful title.

Farewell… but not goodbye.



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  • Chris Hulme 31st May 2016 at 10:06 am

    Very best wishes for the future Paul. Congratulations on everything you’ve achieved at Strategy. It’s been a great pleasure working with you. Good luck in your new adventures.

  • Michael White 30th May 2016 at 1:03 am

    Keep in touch sir! All the very best… Michael

  • John Yerou 27th May 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Wishing you the very best Paul and thank you for representing and being the voice for the broker community.

    John Yerou
    Freelancer Financials

  • Pat Bunton 27th May 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Good luck Paul – look forward to seeing your ‘wordsmith’ skills put to good use at the Mail. Thank you for championing the cause of advice and the value intermediaries bring to consumers. I have no doubts that the next stage for you will be exciting and successful. All the best

  • David Sheppard 27th May 2016 at 3:06 pm

    All the best Paul. I have no doubt we will stay in touch through our mutual friend at the very least.

    Well done for everything you have done at Strategy and best wishes in the new job.

  • Stuart Gregory 27th May 2016 at 12:53 pm

    All the best for the future Paul, you have led the magazine with good humour and given opportunities to brokers, such as myself in different regions of the country, to provide comment on industry issues. This is something I will always be grateful for.

  • Paul McGonigle 27th May 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Good luck Paul – the magazines loss to lose someone at the top of their game.

  • Karen Guler 27th May 2016 at 11:40 am

    Good luck Paul in your new ventures. I had the pleasure of meeting you at the leaders forum recently and wanted to applaud you for excellent articles which have made fabulous reading. Glad to see you are not actually leaving the industry.