View more on these topics

Trustmark appoints board directors

TrustMark has appointed Sharon Darcy and Frank Bertie to its main board of directors.

Darcy will join Paul Ramsden, deputy chief executive of the Trading Standards Institute, and Linda Perham, previously MP for Ilford North, on the TrustMark board.

Bertie will join Ian Chisholm, deputy chief executive of the Glass and Glazing Federation, and Steve Hodgson, technical services manager for the British Wood Preserving Damp-proofing Association, as the representatives from trade bodies and the industry.

Bertie is a director of the National Association of Professional Inspectors.

He is currently managing director of NAPIT Inspections and has extensive experience in the creation of assessment systems and trainer electrical engineering courses.

Darcy was a founding member of energywatch, the government energy consumer watchdog, and she is currently doing strategic and fundraising consultancy work for charities and local authorities.

She is a non-executive director of the Hyde Group Board and the Consumer Council for Water.

Ian Livsey, chairman of TrustMark, says: Sharon and Frank bring with them a wide-ranging relevant knowledge and skills.

“The TrustMark board is now complete, we have three directors with solid experience of consumer protection issues, and three representing the trade and the reputable tradesman.

“This will ensure coherent and balanced decision making at board level.

Recommended

Swift boosts lending limits

The Swift Group has increased its lending limits up to 75% LTV to 750,000. The previous limit was a value of 500,000 and Swift will continue to lend on properties valued over 750,000 at a reduced 70% LTV.Also, Swift has raised the LTV limit on drive-by valuations to 70% from 65%. These changes apply to […]

The ber-packagers get serious

Kevin Paterson takes a weekly look at the latest developments in the market and brings you what’s hot and what’s not in the world of mortgages

This will be a good year for B2L brokers

Council of Mortgage Lenders statistics show buy-to-let mortgages continued to thrive in 2006. Social factors such as the growing tendency towards single-person households, the increase in immigration and the difficulties of first-time buyers have all led to a sustained need for rental properties. So the demand for buy-to-let mortgages in 2006 was substantial.

Citizens Advice calls for good debt management advice

The Citizens Advice Bureau has warned that the statistics revealed by the British Bank Association only prove further the need for good debt management advice.The BBA revealed record highs in loans and mortgages in 2006, with predictions of further highs in 2007.In 2006, Citizens Advice dealt with 1.4 million debt problems, an increase of 11% […]