Sophie's choice! LendInvest recruits another new business development manager

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Sophie Mitchell-Charman has spoken of her excitement at taking up a new position as business development manager (BDM) for Northern England at LendInvest, the specialist mortgage lender.

Her appointment is the company's second BDM for Northern England appointment it continues to ramp up its regional expansion. She joins the team from Mint where she worked as a Bridging BDM.

Sophie, who has more than 12 years’ financial services experience, has worked as both a broker and a BDM, and brings a wide-ranging skill set to the role.

She said: “As LendInvest’s profile continues to grow in the North, I am very excited to join the team during this crucial time of rapid national expansion. What will truly make the difference in the region is the diverse product range that LendInvest are offering, a suite truly tailored to a broad spectrum of borrowers.”

Sophie will be based in York, and will travel extensively throughout northern England, with a particular focus on deals in the North East. She will source deals across LendInvest’s full product range, from pre-construction finance to development exit.

The appointment is LendInvest’s third hire outside of London, and second in the North following the recruitment of Peter McDermid as BDM for Scotland in July 2016 and Damien Druce as a Manchester-based BDM in November 2016.

Matthew Tooth, Chief Commercial Officer at LendInvest, said: “We’ve seen an increasing demand in the Northern market. Hiring our first Northern BDM at the end of last year has highlighted the potential within the region, one which Sophie, alongside Damien Druce, is more than equipped to capitalise on.

“Sophie’s breadth of experience as both a BDM and a broker puts her in a brilliant position to cultivate business in an area that is strategically important for our business development plans.”

LendInvest continues to complete a growing number of deals outside of London, with five new deals completing in Scotland alone this month. The company says the continued recruitment is a direct response to an increasing demand for LendInvest’s short term property finance.

Carl Eldridge is a journalist with more than 25 years’ experience working on local and then national newspapers, including a spell on the City Desk at the Daily Express, before switching from print media to the internet.

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