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Rory joined Sancus in January 2021 from The Somerston Group where he managed their European real estate platform. Rory has over 20 years experience in the UK and European property market. He has an extensive track record in M&A, corporate finance, capital raising, debt finance, investment management and property development.

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Mr Whittle has a background in the high tech service industry and more recently large third party Fund Administration. He has in-depth experience of strategic development and mergers/acquisitions. He has experience of listed company boards as well as the private equity, property and fund of funds sectors. He is currently a director of Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited (listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange), Chenavari Toro Income Fund Limited (admitted to trading on the Specialist Fund Market of the London Stock Exchange) and Globalworth Real Estate Investment (“Globalworth”) listed on AIM. Mr Whittle, a Chartered Accountant, has also served as Finance Director of Close Fund Services Limited (responsible for internal finance and client financial reporting), Managing Director of Hugh Symons Group PLC and Finance Director and Deputy MD of Talkland International Limited (now Vodafone Retail). Mr Whittle is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee.

Mr Smith was formerly an Executive Director and the Chief Investment Officer of The British Land Company plc, the FTSE 100 real estate investment trust, with responsibility for the group’s property and investment strategy, standing down in 2013. Prior to this, Mr Smith was Global Head of Asset Management and Transactions at AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, where he was responsible for the asset management of a portfolio of assets valued at more than €40 billion on behalf of life funds, listed property vehicles, unit linked and closed end funds. Prior to joining AXA in 1999, Mr Smith was Managing Director at Sun Life Properties for over five years. Over the last decade, Mr Smith has worked extensively in governance related roles for a number of real estate focused organisations. Mr Smith is Chairman of the Board and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Mr. Smith was appointed to the Board on 11 May 2021. He is resident in the UK.

Ms Clarke is a representative of the Somerston group of companies (“Somerston”), the Company’s largest shareholder which has the right to nominate one individual for appointment to the Board.

Ms Clarke joined Somerston in 2016 and acts as the group’s Chief Operating Officer.  Ms Clarke is also Managing Director of Carlton Management Services Limited, a licensed Jersey trust company business.  Ms Clarke is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds the CISI Investment Advice Diploma.

Ms Clarke was appointed to the Board on 9 March 2022 and is a member of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

James has over 13 years experience in the UK and European real estate market.

James has extensive experience across the corporate real estate, investment and property development sectors. For the past 6 years James’ has led Somerstons land development business, a strategic land and development focused business with capacity for in excess of 2,350 units within its strategic portfolio. James holds a BSc in Investment and Finance in Property from the University of Reading and is MRICS accredited. James joined Sancus in January 2021.

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Prior to joining Sancus he was CFO of a private equity backed house-builder.

Keith, who is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, also has c. 20 years of investment banking experience, focussed primarily on financial institutions clients.

He has an extensive track record of M&A and strategy, corporate finance, and capital raising.

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Alasdair is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years’ experience within property development, construction and consultancy across the UK and internationally.

He has experience in all sectors of the built environment, with specialism in the commercial and contractual aspects of development management including appraisals, cashflows, funding, investment and exit strategies.

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Matthew has over 7 years’ experience in the UK real estate market with extensive project management experience in corporate real estate, investment and property development sectors.

He was responsible for the delivery of Somerston Group’s hotel projects; delivering complex refurbishment projects in excess of 250 bedrooms in Grade I and II* listed properties. He has also been part of the land development business, a strategic land and development focussed business with capacity for in excess of 2,350 units within its strategic portfolio.

Matthew holds an MBA from the University College of Estate Management and a BSc in Architectural Technology and Management. Matthew joined Sancus in January 2021.

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Steven Simpson has over 26 years’ experience in the design, implementation and administration of secure and highly available enterprise and web-based solutions for corporate customers across various sectors including finance and telecoms. He started with Nokia, going on to work for Hewlett Packard’s mission critical consultancy team.

In 2013 Steven joined Platform Black on a permanent basis as CTO and in 2016 he joined GLI (an investor in Platform Black) as their Head of Group IT to develop the Sancus Loan Management System and platforms. In 2017 Steven moved to the Sancus Group as their Head of Group IT.

Michael joined Sancus in August 2018, heading up their office in Ireland.

He has 20 years’ experience in financial services including 16 years in banking and real estate finance.

Prior to joining Sancus, Michael worked for Barclays for 12 years. From 2012 he was a Director in their Corporate Real Estate Finance Department in Ireland, focussed on investment and development property finance transactions for institutional, large corporate borrowers and private clients. His responsibilities included a leadership role across origination, structuring and execution in both Ireland and the UK. Michael also worked on a number of loan restructurings in Barclays and for two years he also worked in the Investment Bank, Barclays Capital, where his responsibilities included the origination and execution of investment property transactions on a pan-European basis for securitisation into the capital markets.

Prior to Barclays, Michael worked in Corporate and Property Finance at Ulster Bank in Dublin. He was initially responsible for a portfolio of small and mid-cap corporate borrowers, typically providing working capital finance. Latterly he worked on sourcing larger ticket property development transactions.

Michael began his career in the Financial Services department of KPMG in Dublin where he worked for four years. Michael is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

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Gary joined Sancus Finance in March 2017 as Credit Director.

He has over 30 years’ experience in commercial and corporate banking, primarily at HSBC. He gained experience in various roles at the bank including corporate, credit, legal and audit – managing complex lending relationships including acquisition funding, MBOs and multi-phased property developments. He also worked in Guernsey for over two years, giving him an appreciation of the issues associated with operating in different legal jurisdictions.

Gary has a wealth of experience lending money in a wide variety of situations with particular strength in managing and mitigating risk.

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Richard has over 18 years’ experience in invoice finance, asset based lending, supply chain finance and trade finance.

His roles have included working at both independent and bank owned funders in the UK, Ireland and Germany, including Aldermore Bank, AIB Plc, and Royal Bank of Scotland Invoice Finance.

He has been integral in developing and delivering sales at a strategic level and has a track record in achieving performance objectives with a keen eye on returns. He has an excellent reputation in leadership roles within both sales and relationship management.

Richard became sales director at Sancus in June 2016.

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Neil’s career spans 18 years in finance with 10 years at Standard Chartered, managing private clients’ wealth across sub-Sahara Africa.

Neil then joined the family business in 2018, designing and supplying timber framed houses to the construction markets in Jersey, Guernsey and the UK.

Neil joined Sancus in 2021 and is responsible for generating loan origination from Jersey and Guernsey property developers and investors.

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Paddy has over 20 years’ experience working within the financial services industry, with the last 6 years specialising in the compliance field.

Paddy joined Sancus in October 2017 from Fiat Chrysler Automotive Services where he was the compliance lead for three UK entities, reporting to the Italian Head Office.

With his particular experience of dealing with the UK regulator and knowledge of anti-money laundering and data protection regulations he works closely with the compliance departments of Sancus Funding Ltd, Sancus Finance Ltd and with all our off-shore operations.

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Claudia has extensive experience and knowledge of bridging and development finance having worked in the sector for over 10 years.

She started her career at Masthaven and most recently at Pivot as a Senior Underwriter supporting the Head of Underwriting on credit decisions and approvals and underwriting loans to completion.

Claudia is a senior member of the Sancus credit team, underwriting loans through to completion and drawdown.

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Geoff has 18 years’ experience in financial services including 14 years in real estate and banking and is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Prior to joining Sancus, Geoff was managing director of Situs Asset Management, Ireland where he set up and grew the Dublin office of the international loan servicing and commercial real estate advisory business.

Before Situs, Geoff worked for five years as a team leader in the asset recovery division of the National Asset Management Agency where he managed a team overseeing a portfolio of real estate loans totalling circa €1.5 billion of par debt. His responsibilities included approving and arranging debt financing for residential developments and capex projects on commercial properties.

Prior to this, Geoff worked for 5 years in Avestus Capital Partners on both the origination and finance teams. He was responsible for arranging the financing and structuring for the acquisition of large ticket commercial properties and latterly for leading the finance function on a portfolio of commercial properties worth circa €1 billion.

Geoff began his career in the Investment Management division of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin where he worked for four years, followed by two years in the International Acquisition Finance team at Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking.

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Bob has over 40 years’ experience in banking, and in particular in Property Finance.

His previous roles have included Head Office, Credit, Origination and Team leadership roles with NatWest / Royal Bank of Scotland and Metro Bank.

Bob has a strong track record in facilitating and completing lending transactions, and in leading SME and Real Estate Finance teams.

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Mark joined Sancus in December 2022, with over 18 years’ experience in financial services with Lloyds Banking Group, where he recently held the role of Relationship Director.

He is highly experienced in providing financial solutions to the property sector across the UK, specialising in mortgages and lending. 

He has a proven track record in business development and relationship management with expertise in identifying new business opportunities and managing and delivering property finance.  

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Sean has over 12 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry in the areas of Property Finance, Debt Restructuring, Asset Management, Loan Work Out, Real Estate and Insolvency.

Sean joined Sancus in early 2022 from First Citizen Finance, prior to this he was a Portfolio Manager with Capita Asset Services and Relationship Manager with Ulster Bank Ireland Limited.

Sean is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, a Qualified Financial Advisor and holds a Degree in Property Studies.


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Ross has over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry having worked for a number of finance brokers where he grew his knowledge of the financial sector through the processing of second charge, bridging, commercial and development applications.

Prior to joining Sancus, Ross worked at The Loan Partnership for 8 years, helping grow the company from a  team of 3 to a team of 25 prior to their sale to LSL Property Services in 2022.

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Eric joined Sancus after 11 years at Barclays where he started in personal banking, gaining further experience through various roles at the Bank, the most recent being in Premier Banking where he dealt with high value, Jersey clients.

Eric moved to Jersey in 2019 after finishing his studies abroad and started his career in finance shortly after. With a focus on customer service, Eric is always available for a cup of coffee to talk about our current offering!

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Sabrina is a Corporate Finance graduate with 5 years of banking experience, having worked for Credit Suisse as a Financial Accountant in Luxembourg and as a Business Analyst in London.

Sabrina supports the Chief Investment Officer, producing data reports for new funding line negotiations and providing insight into key data points, including monitoring and producing analysis of the entire loan book.

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Evelina started her career in Jersey in retail management before moving to finance, including a position at Barclays where she held a customer facing role, acting as liaison between clients and back-office teams.


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Albina is a Law graduate with banking experience where she oversaw a client base of SME businesses and professionals as well as personal clients on a customer facing basis.

She supports the UK credit team in the administration and coordination of the loan portfolio, including liaising with professional third parties, customer due diligence and general administration.


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Funding through Sancus is entirely at your own risk and the decision whether or not to is solely yours. The return on any funding opportunity is dependent on a number of factors and cannot be guaranteed. We cannot give assurances as to the creditworthiness of any borrowers, the collectability of any repayment, the quality and accuracy of any information obtained in respect of any funding opportunity or the enforceability of any security. In the event of a default, the timescales and outcome of any recovery is inherently uncertain. By using the platform, you knowingly accept the foregoing risks and you further accept that the role of Sancus is limited to providing an online marketplace for users and that information obtained from Sancus does not constitute legal, financial, tax or other advice or recommendation in relation to a funding opportunity, and you will conduct your own research and form your own opinion as to whether or not to participate in a funding opportunity. There is no recourse to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, or other such government run compensation schemes. The UK platform is operated by Sancus Lending (UK) Limited, a UK incorporated company which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, firm reference number 593992.