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The Team

Sonia Shortland, Director

Sonia manages the day-to-day activity and underwrites all bridging loans for Apex while building strong relationships and expanding its network of specialist brokers, solicitors and partners. With 17 years of experience in the property sector, Sonia has previously worked as a valuer and negotiator for a cash buying company and as an independent mortgage and insurance broker for several national financial services organisations.

Sarah Barker, Underwriter

Sarah joined Apex in 2016 as Lending Administrator helping the team improve on existing procedures and systems. Now promoted to the position of Underwriter, she is underwriting and organising loan applications. Sarah has a wealth of experience in Administration and is professional but approachable, she is looking forward to forging new broker relationships.

Tara Wiltshire, Underwriter

Tara works as an Underwriter for Apex underwriting and organising loan applications.  She previously worked for the Nottingham Building Society, case handling mortgages from application to completion. With this experience she feels like she has a good understanding of the lending world and can transfer her skills from mortgages to bridging loans.

Emily Smith, Underwriter

Emily joined us in March 2019 and works as an Underwriter.  Her previous role was Property Manager for a well know estate agency in Derby. During her time there she worked with a portfolio of over 250 landlords/tenants to ensure their expectations of renting were satisfied dealing with all queries and maintenance issues they may have had. This experience allows her to understand the industry and to deliver the highest level of service.

Mike Elliot, Director

Mike started out as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte before moving into entrepreneurial business at an early stage.  His experience is a blend of financial and commercial expertise and joined Apex in 2013, taking on combined financial and general management roles.

Paul Wann, Business Development Manager

Paul is our Business Development Manager and is responsible for developing new and existing relationships with brokers, partners and professional introducers. As a former mortgage broker, he understands the need for a reliable and fast service and is your first port of call on new cases or to answer any queries you may have.  Paul prides himself on being responsive and approachable and with over 15 years experience in the property sector he has worked in both financial services and property trading for large and recognisable national firms.

Annaliese Melvin, Business Development Manager

Annaliese works as Apex’s Business Development Manager visiting and building connections with brokers across the country, along with underwriting loan applications. She has worked within the investment sector for over 12 years and most recently led a team as Sales Manager for a respected independent estate agency. During her time there, she worked with a number of developers and landlords and assisted with their associated investments and funding.

Hannah Parker, Lending Administrator

Hannah joined us in 2018 as our Lending Administrator and she has quickly become an asset to the team here at Apex.   Hannah supports the underwriters on a daily basis by dealing with the majority of the admin for each case, system management, along with obtaining accountants references.

Ring one of our team now on 01509 345 007 to have a friendly confidential chat or email to tell us how we can help you.

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