AOBP reveals line-up for AGM

Nia Williams

October 1, 2013

The event is being held at the Westbury Hotel in London on Thursday, October 24 and registration is complimentary for members, as well as non-members who are interested in joining the Association.

Intermediaries are currently signed up at no charge, whilst those who fall into other categories may be subject to a nominal annual membership fee.

Hosted by the AOBP’s new chairman, Rob Jupp of Brightstar Financial, the line-up is set to tackle the industry’s hot topics and stimulate debate amongst attendees.

The AOBP AGM 2013 speakers and topics are:

  • Welcome address from new AOBP Chairman, Rob Jupp of Brightstar Financial
  • Mark Posniak, Dragonfly Property Finance – Bridging: How to do right and long do we have left?
  • West One Loans – Following the collapse of the Connaught Fund, should UCIS and peer-to-peer lending be avoided at all costs?
  • Marc Goldberg, Blemain Finance – Commercial finance LTVs: Rescuing the high street?
  • Alan Cleary, Precise Mortgages – Would you sell a bridge to your grandmother?
  • Colin Sanders, Omni Capital – Why London and the South East are so important in STL

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session from the AOBP member audience – which will include intermediaries, lenders and business service providers – and will be subject to strict guidelines in their responses.

Rob Jupp commented: “The AGM is a crucially important event for the AOBP and this year’s event is our most ambitious to date. Not only do we have a stunning venue in the heart of our nation’s capital, but we have some of the most talented individuals from the short-term lending community talking about subjects that advisers will want to listen to.”

Earlier in the day, the Executive Committee and the newly-formed AOBP Lender Committee will meet to consider a topic which is close to the heart of every bridging professional: bridging fears – past, present and future.

The aim is for the two groups to come up with a collective response to the difficulties posed for those working in the sector; their combined experience, knowledge and specialism will present a united front in a bid to aid the continuation of the industry’s current success.

Speaking on the upcoming meeting between lenders and loan distributors, Rob Jupp said: “I am a great personal believer that strong, robust dialogue helps to improve any relationship. It’s important that as a community work closer together to ensure sustainability as well as best practice. I look forward to seeing what can be achieved within such a positive and proactive environment.”

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