IMLA re-elects Charles Haresnape

Sarah Davidson

November 21, 2014

Aldermore’s managing director for mortgages and commercial lending has been chairman since stepping up from the position of IMLA deputy chairman in March 2014.

Following the vote he will continue as chairman until November 2016, while Coventry Building Society’s Kevin Purvey, who was re-elected as a director along with Paragon Mortgages’ John Heron, will take up the role of deputy chairman.

They will be joined as IMLA directors by Lloyds Banking Group’s Phil Rickards and Precise Mortgages’ Alan Cleary, who will take over from Virgin Money’s Richard Tugwell and Skipton Building Society’s Paul Darwin from 1 December until the next vote in 2015.

Haresnape said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time to date as IMLA chairman and look forward to further representing the views of its membership.

“The responsibility has come at a time of significant change for the mortgage market, bringing challenges and opportunities in equal measure – especially to all those involved in the intermediary channel, which is visibly gaining strength.

“It has been a pleasure to represent IMLA’s passionate and informed members in tackling emerging issues with industry partners, regulators and policy makers.

“We remain committed to championing key issues for the intermediary market, including innovation, distribution and adviser relationships – all of which lie at the heart of delivering first rate products and services to UK mortgage borrowers.”

In the last year IMLA has seen its membership grow to 24 banks, building societies and specialist lenders operating in the intermediary market.

Peter Williams, IMLA executive director, said: “I would like to extend IMLA’s gratitude to the outgoing directors, who have made a great contribution to IMLA and I’m sure will continue to do so both through our executive committee and in other ways in the next phase of our development.

“We are fortunate to be able to call on fantastic knowledge and expertise from across the spectrum of intermediary lending – demonstrated by the fact that our new board can draw on the insight of a challenger bank, a building society, a mainstream banking group and two specialist lenders.

“Such diversity will be a huge asset in the months ahead to maintain IMLA as an inclusive organisation that provides a forum for wide ranging views on issues that are vital to the pursuit of a healthy and sustainable mortgage market.”

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