Just Mortgages has made double appointments to its self-employed division, hiring Jon Taylor as area director for the South East and Jason Whiteley in Q4 as area director for the North East.
The self-employed division was set up by Carl Parker in June 2016. At the time, there were just three brokers, but by December 2017 there were 81. A year later that had almost doubled to 150 and Parker plans to take the number of brokers up to 240 by the end of this year.
Parker said: “As more brokers come on board we have increased the number of managers too – most recently with the appointments of Jon and Jason – so we can ensure all brokers receive the support they need. By April, we will hope to have two more area directors so we are able to support our continued growth.”
Whiteley’s is a new role, while Taylor takes over from Rob Perrin, who has been promoted to regional director. Perrin, who worked at Dairy Crest and Countrywide before joining Just Mortgages two and a half years ago, has been instrumental in the growth of the self-employed division.
Whiteley has worked in financial services for 22 years, beginning his career as a consultant at Royal Liver Assurance.
He then moved to Reeds Rains where he worked for 18 years as a mortgage and protection adviser and then as financial services manager of a team of brokers based at estate agencies throughout the group.
In 2017 he moved to the independent mortgage broker and then was area manager at PRIMIS before joining Just Mortgages.
Taylor started his career as a branch manager at Lloyds where he worked for 14 years before moving on to become a mortgage consultant at Countrywide. He was there for more than 18 years holding a variety of different roles, most latterly as regional salesmanager.
Parker said the self-employed division’s success is down to the fact it is offering a solution to brokers – particularly those in corporate roles – who are looking to go self-employed but are worried about giving up the support they get from being employed.
He added: “Our self-employed division offers the best of both worlds. The broker is self-employed, and therefore, in control of their own destiny, but they have a dedicated sales manager to help and support them.
“And, unlike other networks with self-employed arms, we don’t charge a monthly fee, so it is in everyone’s best interest for our self-employed brokers to be successful.”