Get to know the excellent team that we have here at The Lending Channel who is on hand to assist you with everything from short-term loans to complex mortgages. We're all here to help and use our wide range of experience for great results.
Alistair's career started with the Clydesdale Bank in 1982 and he has been running his own brokerage since 1997. Recent personal achievements include completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Growth Programme in 2018, winning Business Leader of the Year at the Scottish Mortgage Awards in 2020 and subsequently a Lifetime Achievement Award at the same event in 2021.
Murray has been involved in the financial services sector since 1999. Starting as a loans underwriter, he progressed to case manager, then office manager before becoming co-founder and Operations Director of The Lending Channel in 2010.
Prior to the finance world, Murray spent nine years with Royal Mail in their Glasgow sales centre.
Elaine qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 and has spent many years working on all aspects of accounting and taxation for owner managed businesses. She brings with her the understanding of business needs and a valuable different angle to finance, which can be particularly beneficial for our Commercial Finance deals. In addition to her role as Finance Director in The Lending Channel, she continues to run her own Chartered Accountancy practice.
Sara joined us in 2012, fresh from a stint travelling in Cyprus. Having started with us on the Secured Loans team she quickly qualified as a Mortgage Advisor and over the years has worked on all aspects of lending with us. Sara now heads up our Commercial, Bridging and Buy to Let lending team. Sara had left school with the intention of taking up a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, but loved travelling, and then the world of finance, too much to take up her place. When she's not enjoying her work, Sara still enjoys her music within an orchestra, and can often be found in local open mic’s around Perth.
Having left school, Alison utilised her passion for horses and worked within the equestrian industry for six years. Alison spent the next four years at university and achieved her degree in Applied Bioscience and Zoology in 2013. Having left university, she started working within the finance industry and realised this was a career she wanted to pursue. She has now been with The Lending Channel since October 2017, qualifying as CeRER (Certificate of regulated equity release) in March 2020. Alison has vast experience dealing with Residential Mortgages, Self Build Mortgages, Second Charge Loans and is our Equity Release expert. As you can see Alison is camera shy and prefers to show you her beautiful horse, Zee.
Debbie joined the team in September 2017 having spend 12 years working in the insurance industry. Her bright personality makes her the ideal person to promote TLC via telephone, and over the years she has developed great relationships with our introducing brokers. She now works part time, Tuesday to Thursday, leaving her time to bake cakes, walk her dog and look after her family.
After graduating from university, Zoe worked as a dental nurse for a year and a half before deciding she wanted to pursue a career in Financial Services. She joined us in 2019 and qualified as a CeMAP mortgage advisor in 2021. Zoe works in our Residential Mortgage and Secured Loan team.
Having studied Interior Design at university Danielle changed track for a career in banking. During her years working with TSB she gained an interest in mortgages and took the opportunity to join the Lending Channel as a trainee advisor in 2020. With such great finance experience behind her she quickly passed all of her CeMAP exams with distinctions at the end of 2020. Danielle's banking history made her an ideal candidate for our Commercial, Bridging and Buy to Let team where she now works part time following the birth of her daughter.
Natalie graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in Sociology and Politics, with a particular interest in the changing landscape of Housing. She joined The Lending Channel having had previous experience in the Financial Services Industry and now works in a support role to our experience mortgage advisors. Natalie currently volunteers with the Citizens Advice Bureau where she offers advice on rights in relation to housing, immigration, employment, finances, and benefits.
Sharon joined us from a career in banking and qualified as a CeMAP advisor with us in 2015. Having left to gain experience in the world of motor finance, she then took time off work to refurbish a couple of properties and have her son before returning to the TLC family part-time in 2021. Sharons attention to detail makes her a perfect Compliance Officer, ensuring that our high standards of advice are maintained.
Jamie joined The Lending Channel in 2021, as a CeMAP trainee, from a High Street bank background, making the Commercial, Bridging and Buy to Let team the right home for him. He qualified in October 2022 and continues to develop his knowledge and skills in this area.
He's a keen football fan who enjoys keeping fit and spending spare time with friends.
Having worked for an estate agent and solicitors firm Michelle knew her interest lay in the financial aspect of property. She joined us at the start of 2022 as a trainee mortgage advisor and completed her CeMAP qualification in October 2022. Michelle has experience working with Residential Mortgages and Secured Loans and continues to work in this team gaining further experience as an advisor.
Leena joined us in April 2022, brand new to finance, having previously worked in the hospitality sector. A university graduate she is keen to learn as much as she can about property finance and has not ruled out a future career as an advisor. Her role as case administrator has been a perfect way to learn quickly and she now provides important support to our team of Residential and Secured Loan advisors.
Lisa joined the team in April 2022 as a case administrator to our Commercial, Bridging and Buy to Let team. She previously gained 7 years experience in a commercial office setting, and spent 4 years at university gaining a degree in Spanish. She is an important liaison between our busy advisors and our clients and always a friendly voice on the phone.
When Lisa is out of the office, she enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her family and friends.
Leann has worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 30 years in both an administration and advisory role. She started to work in Financial Services at the age of 17 and worked through Financial Planning Certificates and then ultimately qualified for Mortgage advice and protection planning in 2005. Having taken a short break to start a family she returned to work within the banking network for Alliance and Leicester and Dunfermline Building Society, helping customers with their banking needs and then their mortgages before joining a local Estate Agent as a Mortgage Broker. Leann joined The Lending Channel in September 2022 looking forward to expanding her knowledge and skills into new lending products. Leann works within our Residential Mortgage and Secured Loan team and is our insurance and protection specialist.