Meet the team
There are great opportunities in the highly competitive property market, but when you are seeking finance, you need a responsive service from people that understand the sector, see the value you see and can make decisions fast. Assembling a team of specialists, experienced in every aspect of the property market, not only allows us to make all our lending decisions in-house, but ensures we work with you, to find ways to lend, not reasons to turn you down.
Josh recently graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University, having studied Business & Management (Finance). Originally from Trowbridge, he enjoyed his time so much in Cardiff, he has now settled locally and jumped at the chance of a role in our Cardiff office.
Chris is a familiar face amongst the South Wales business community, having spent more than 35 years in a variety of roles with HSBC bank across the region. He covers the South and West regions for SPF Bridging and I based in our busy Cardiff office.
Nazmin is a highly successful individual with a vast range of banking experience, exposure to extensive banking involvement within Retail Banking, Business Banking and the Insurance sectors have enabled her to grasp thorough and detailed knowledge of the world of Banking and Finance.
Alan heads up our business north of the border as Lending Manager, Scotland. He is well known on the east coast, having been an Area Director for the Bank of Scotland in a previous role, with a clear understanding of where the main property hotspots are and the funding needs of property developers.
Ken, another of our Cardiff-based team, is renowned for his work with property developers helping secure the funding needed for new build and conversion developments. He epitomises the Signature approach to funding, based on personal experience, having been a property developer himself and a CeMap Qualified Independent Mortgage Adviser.
Tony Gilbertson BSc (Hons)
Tony is an experienced financier, with over 30 years’ experience of the property finance market. He worked for a major high street bank holding several lending roles in a managerial capacity, including as a regional underwriter, concentrating predominately on real estate lending.
Thomas is our in-house Legal Director. He trained as a Commercial Property solicitor in a niche Cardiff law firm before moving to a specialist property law firm where he progressed up to Partner level in the Commercial Property department.
David is a well-rounded, commercially strong Chartered Accountant with a legal background. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and will help guide the strategic development of our business. His main goal though, is to ensure we have the necessary internal controls and reporting procedures in place to cope with our growth.
Paul wears two hats within our business, advising our internal teams on the necessary legal work and supporting our clients as a relationship manager. After a long stint in the legal sector, Paul decided it was time to swap sides and work on the funding side for a change!
Trevor brings a wealth of banking and property finance experience to the role of Lending Manager. He’s previously been a Mortgage Underwriter with Bank of Ireland and an Account Relationship Manager in the Corporate Real Estate Team at Mizrahi Tefahot Bank.
Having gained a degree in Interior Design, Bernadette went on to work for design and architecture practises in a 20-year career, focussing on the commercial, leisure and hospitality sectors. Her projects included New Builds, renovations and refurbishments, with responsibility for managing the projects from concept to completion.
Huw is well known in the South Wales region, where he has carved out a successful career in finance, stretching back almost 40 years. In that time, roles with Chemical Bank, HSBC and Barclays have shaped his straightforward and down-to-earth approach to lending.
Bob is a well-known figure within the industry in the East of England area which he covers for Signature. He spent 27 years in the region as a Real Estate Finance Manager for NatWest and 5 years as a Relationship Manager for Together, with extensive experience working with house builders, commercial developers, residential and commercial property investors, and individual buy-to-let landlords.
Paul is our National Sales Director and is based in the Midlands. What he doesn’t know about lending money to buy and develop property is not really worth knowing. He has more than 30 years’ lending experience after a long career in management positions with UK and International Banks, together with other short-term property finance businesses.
With more than 14 years’ experience in various banking roles, including leading a team as an assistant branch manager on the high street, Nazia possesses extensive finance sector experience. Nazia works within the core of our business which is our Lending Team, ensuring a smooth and efficient process from enquiry to completion.