New mortgage start-up ‘exploring market opportunities’

David Tweedy, former Managing Director of Platform Home Loans, and Guy Batchelor, recently Managing Director, Corporate Business at Countrywide plc, have confirmed that they are working together at Belmont Green Finance Limited (‘Belmont Green’) to create a new challenger brand mortgage lender which will distribute its products exclusively via intermediaries.

Tweedy is Belmont Green’s CEO whilst Batchelor is Sales & Marketing Director. Joining them are Chief Operating Officer, Lesley Sewell, ex-CIO & Operations Director at Post Office Ltd and formerly CIO of Northern Rock, and Chief Financial Officer, Will Howard Davies, formerly head of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) investments at PIMCO in Europe.

The company is based in Egham, Surrey, and is currently recruiting a team of experienced mortgage professionals to build a new wholesale-funded lending business which will work closely with intermediary partners to target under-served sections of the UK mortgage market.

Belmont Green’s lead investor is Pine Brook, an investment firm that manages more than $6.0 billion of capital commitments and specialises in “business building” and other equity investments, primarily in financial services and energy businesses. Pine Brook has a history of working alongside experienced management teams to create value, and of successful investment in UK financial services businesses including The Car Finance Company Limited and Vibe Syndicate Management.

David Tweedy, CEO of Belmont Green, comments “I can confirm that we are exploring market opportunities in residential mortgage lending, looking to build a proposition that challenges the status quo, but there is no definitive plan or timing for a launch. We look forward to updating the market when we have more to say.”

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