Specialist lender Together has appointed Robert Goodall as lending director responsible for planning, organising and directing the finance company’s commercial lending operations.
He’s an experienced chartered surveyor and will take up the new role at Together in May after running his own company for more than 12 years, advising on the purchase, asset management and disposal of commercial property across the UK.
Goodall was involved in deals worth nearly £30m in the past 12 months as director of his company, Goodall Investments.
Goodall said: “I’ve been self-employed for more than 12 years and have invested all of my time building up my own successful company, so I knew it would have to be a very special opportunity for me to change roles.
“When I came to Together, I was really impressed with the size and the scale of the business as it is. However, seeing its ambitious plans, and where it could go over the next three to five years, has confirmed I’ve made the right decision.
“I’ll be joining an already-strong team and having the chance to help to grow the business will be fantastic.”
Previously, Goodall started his working career in 1993 as a surveyor for Darryl Lee & Co before becoming a director with EP2, later joining NAI Fuller Peiser, where he handled major property deals on behalf of high net worth clients.
He also has experience of development finance, having acted as a consultant for Goldentree Financial Services, set up by bookmaker Fred Done and his brother Peter.
He will be based at its headquarters in Cheadle, south Manchester and will sit on the group’s credit committee.
Marc Goldberg, commercial chief executive at Together, said: “Robert is somebody who has more than 20 years of experience as a chartered surveyor and not only deeply understands the property business but also has a wide-ranging knowledge of finance.
“He is a great addition to the team and will be able to work together with his strong network of clients, as well as Together’s existing customers and introducers, in making lending decisions and delivering our message of common sense lending across the UK.”
Goodall is set to take part in a tailor-made half-marathon this weekend (April 28) with Michael Stratton, a colleague at Together, and three other friends, in memory of a mutual friend who passed away in December.
They have already raised £40,000 in sponsorship, which will go towards one of the UK’s leading cardiothoracic wards at Manchester’s Wythenshawe Hospital.