View more on these topics

Roger Brown joins Rockstead

Mortgage audit provider Rockstead has appointed ex-Portillion and GMAC-RFC director Roger Brown as its sales director.

New hires Paula ter Brake and Alberto Goldar have also joined the company as country managers in the Dublin and Madrid offices respectively.

Rockstead CEO Brian Pitt says: “”We have built a reputation for employing quality people in our business and that is reflected by these appointments. We believe we have unrivalled levels of expertise across Europe and by recruiting Roger, Alberto and Paula we have strengthened the team further.

“The demand for our services has increased this year as banks, originators, servicers and investors recognise that independent outsourced services can help maximise and protect the value in their secured, unsecured, SME and commercial loan portfolios. This is another exciting development in our continuing growth plan.”

Roger Brown says “Paula, Alberto and I are delighted to have joined a company which is looking to expand on the excellent foundations which have been put in place over the last five years. We are looking forward to developing the Rockstead proposition, which is based on honest and independent opinions in risk, due diligence and strategic consulting.”


Secured lending increases by 50%

Lending for the secured loan market increased by nearly 50 per cent in August compared with the same period in 2011. Figures from Loans Warehouse show that second charge lending increased from £24m in August 2011 to £34.6m in August 2012, representing the largest annual growth rate in over three years. Loans Warehouse joint director […]


LibDems say millionaire pensioners should see benefits cut

The Liberal Democrats are considering curbing age-related universal benefits for pensioners with assets of more than £1m. The BBC reports Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (pictured) said the welfare budget “cannot remain immune” from Government cuts after the general election in 2015. The propoals would affect benefits such as winter fuel […]


Three brokers stand trial over alleged £4m mortgage fraud

Twelve people, including three mortgage brokers, are currently standing trial for alleged mortgage fraud totalling £4m. Witnesses are currently giving evidence at the trial, according to the Bournemouth-based Daily Echo. The defendants include a conveyancing clerk, three mortgage brokers, seven property buyers and the wife of a broker. They are accused of inflating property prices […]


Specialist agent

Brightstar Financial chief executive officer Rob Jupp was part of the fallout that followed the credit crunch carnage in 2008 when his packaging business folded. But the self-confessed James Bond fanatic returned to the market in upbeat mood with his specialist lending firm. What has he done differently second time round?

piggy, cash, money

Reassuringly focused on claims

By Ross Jackson, senior protection marketing manager We’re sure you’ll have heard your customers say ‘But insurance companies don’t pay claims’ when giving a reason for not wanting to take out protection. In fact, our State of the Protection Nation research showed that 27 per cent of consumers asked didn’t think protection providers paid out […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up