Lender body appoints Batchelor as chairman

The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has appointed Guy Batchelor, sales and marketing director of Platform, as its next chairman.

From January 1 next year, Batchelor will take over the position from the IMLA’s current chairman Tim Dawson, managing director of Mortgage Express.

Batchelor says: “I’m obviously pleased with the appointment and look forward to the challenges ahead. I’ve worked for some years in the intermediary market and am pleased with this opportunity to bring my skills and experience to the role.”

The IMLA board is reviewing its agenda for next year but has not yet finalised its priorities. Regulation, Treating Customers Fairly and the introduction of Home Information Packs are just some of the important issues on the horizon for 2006.

“The compulsory implementation of HIPs on June 1 2007 is not far away. We need to consider the impact this will have on lenders, intermediaries and distribution channels.”

Dawson says: “Guy was elected to the IMLA committee last year and has served it well. He’s got a broad knowledge of the market, particularly from the intermediary’s point of view.”