Morale remains high at Platform

Platform says morale is high among its staff despite the revelation last week that Guy Batchelor has resigned as sales and marketing director to join Lehman Brothers.

Batchelor will join Lehman next January to take responsibility for franchise development in its European mortgage capital business, reporting to Chris Rupp, chief administrative officer of the business in Europe.

In his new role Batchelor will work alongside the company’s senior management team to develop strategies to drive growth across Europe.

The move has led some to question where this leaves Platform – an ac-knowledgement of Batchelor’s prom-inent role at the lender.

But Paul Hunt, head of marketing at Platform, dismisses concerns that Batchelor’s departure will affect the confidence of staff.

He says: “Morale is high. We are ambitious and have seen tremendous growth. I’m sure this will continue.”

Batchelor will retain his role as chairman of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association although he will no longer be its spokesman.

John Heron, deputy chairman of IMLA and managing director of Para-gon Mortgages, will take over as IMLA spokesman.

Heron says: “It’s routine for a number of executives to speak on behalf of IMLA so this is not an issue.”