EXCLUSIVE: Batchelor completes Countrywide dream team

Cammy Amaira, former director of sales at Intelligent Finance, and Richard Beardshaw, former head of sales at The Exchange Insurance Company, have been snapped up by Countrywide.

Both join the corporate business team, headed by industry stalwart Guy Batchelor, corporate business director and a former senior vice-president at Lehman Brothers.

Amaira and Beardshaw complete Batchelor’s dream team of four corporate account managers who will manage the relationships of Countrywide’s corporate customers nationally.

The team, which includes Kharla Mullen and Sally Young, will focus on managing the sales and marketing functions for the Countrywide Group by promoting its asset management, auctions, conveyancing, LPA receivership, valuation and surveying services to corporate customers and lenders.

Mullen and Beardshaw will manage corporate accounts in the south of England and Wales, while Young and Amaira will manage the northern region, including Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Batchelor says: “I am delighted to bring two individuals of the quality and gravitas of Cammy and Richard into Countrywide.

“We now have an extremely strong team and alongside myself, Paul Hunt, Kharla and Sally it will allow us to immediately focus on new customers, while increasing our share of wallet from existing customers and widening the range of services we provide to partners.”

Prior to his post of director of sales at Intelligent Finance, Amaira was head of sales in the home improvement division at GE Home Lending and before that he was head of sales at Mortgage Express.

Before his post of head of sales at The Exchange Beardshaw was director of sales at SPML following a nine-year career at Platform.

Mullen spent seven years at American Express before joining Countrywide in 1998 where she soon became head of account management for its conveyancing division.

In 2006 she took on an operational role as centre manager for one of the group’s property law centres until she joined the corporate business team.

Meanwhile Young has 16 years’ experience working in financial services, including stints at Yorkshire Bank and Britannia, and joined Countrywide in June 2008 to head its internal and external panel conveyancing sales team at Absolute.

Before joining Countrywide she was head of sales (North) at Advantage and prior to that worked at Mortgages PLC.

Batchelor adds: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in the corporate account manager roles and we received nearly 100 applications from some strong and talented candidates.

“The selection process has been tough and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who applied and wish them well in their future careers.”