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Saffron for Intermediaries bolsters business development team

Jessica Nangle

March 26, 2021

Saffron for Intermediaries has appointed four new members to its business development team, which includes two internal moves.

Raji Sidhu-Housden was one of the internal promotions, and started working at Saffron Building Society in 2017 as an arrears officer.

As a business development administrator, Raji’s immediate goal is to gain a CeMAP qualification to assist in continuing the growth in her ability to provide mortgage advice.

Sidhu-Housden said: “I am really looking forward to assisting Saffron for Intermediaries in growing the number of intermediaries that use us regularly, by offering exceptional customer service, knowledge and expertise in specialist markets.”

Simon O’Donnell has had a number of roles within Saffron Building Society and has been appointed as business development manager for Saffron for Intermediaries.

O’Donnell said: “I’m a real advocate for Saffron Building Society and the products it provides.

“Over the last five years, I have built great knowledge of the Saffron Building Society mortgage products, and I look forward to bringing this to the business development team.”

Phil Lawford started at the beginning of March in his role as a business development manager.

Lawford has over twenty years as a business development manager and will bring a raft of experience and knowledge to the business development team.

When asked about the role, Lawford added: “It is a wonderful opportunity, and I can’t wait to help raise the profile of Saffron Building Society among the intermediary market.”

Linsey Smith joined Saffron Building society in November of last year and has taken on an administrator role in the business development team.

As part of her role, Smith will be taking technical support calls, and overseeing live web chats, as well as supporting the team with reporting and administration as required.

Smith said: “We are the first contact for intermediaries when they enquire with Saffron for Intermediaries.

“I want them to be met with professionalism and efficiency, and I look forward to building up good relationships with them.”

Tony Hall, interim head of mortgage sales spoke of the appointments: “This is an exciting time for us and demonstrates the society’s commitment to service delivery and developing long lasting relationships with all our intermediary partners.

“We are delighted to welcome our new team members on board and the addition of Phil with his extensive experience and passion for the industry is a real bonus.”


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