Belmont Green Finance Limited is a team of experienced mortgage professionals who have come together to create Vida Homeloans, a new residential and buy to let mortgage lender which distributes its products exclusively via intermediaries.

Our aim is to build a successful, sustainable and responsible lending business by understanding, respecting and responding to the needs of all our stakeholders, helping our customers by providing well-researched and well-designed products and services to meet their needs. We are developing various market opportunities, building a proposition that challenges the status quo.

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Meet the team

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David Tweedy | Chief Executive Officer

David has been working in the mortgage industry for nearly 30 years in the UK and Ireland. He has a proven track record in establishing and operating successful lending and servicing businesses, most notably as CEO of Platform Home Loans from 1999 through the credit cycle until 2012. Following which he worked in the servicing sector, where he ran the Arrears Support Unit for Ulster Bank and then for 2 years was Market Relations Director for Target, a UK software and BPO business.

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Lesley Sewell | Chief Operating Officer

Lesley joined Belmont Green from Post Office Limited where she was CIO & Operations Director. Lesley was the key driver of Post Office's IT transformation programme and led the separation from Royal Mail. Prior to this she was Managing Director for IT at Northern Rock plc, the 3rd largest new business lender in 2006 and the most cost efficient bank in Europe, underpinned by IT. Lesley led a major IT infrastructure renewal programme and implemented an award-winning mortgage intermediary solution.

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Guy Batchelor | Managing Director Mortgages

Guy has over 30 years' experience in the UK mortgage market and was Managing Director – Corporate Business at Countrywide plc for 7 years. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President - Distribution of Lehman Brothers European Mortgage Division and from 1997 to 2006 he was Sales & Marketing Director of Platform Home Loans. Guy has served as a Director and Chairman of IMLA and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the CML and served on AMI committees.

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Stephen Roughton-Smith | Chief Risk Officer

Stephen has over 30 years’ financial services experience in a variety of senior roles across a wide range of financial services organisations, initially qualifying as a chartered accountant. In his risk roles Stephen co-headed Moody’s EMEA structured finance business; was UK CRO at ABN Amro; deputy CRO and Group Credit Director at Lloyds Banking Group; and, most recently, Head of Credit Risk and interim CRO at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (‘ADIA’).

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David Basra | Chief Financial Officer

David has 22 years of debt financing experience in Europe, Middle East and Africa, via many asset classes and product lines (Real Estate, European Corporate loans, Infrastructure, Leverage and Structured Finance), having worked at Citigroup since 1997.

He was registered as a Material Risk Taker (MRT) for the Fed and Significant Influence Function (SIF) for the FCA at Citigroup London. He was a senior member of the European Fixed Income, Capital Markets and Investment Bank Committees in London.

David was responsible for managing a balance sheet of up to $20 billion dollars and a team of circa 100 professionals dealing with various product groups within Capital Markets Originations.

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Jennie Walton | Director of HR

Jennie is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with over 20 years’ HR experience in change management, organisation design, formulating reward strategies and implementing pay and grading structures.  She joined Belmont Green in 2016 from Acenden where she was HR Director for 2 years.  Prior to this she was Director of HR at the Performing Rights Society and has held previous Head of HR positions at Thomas Cook and Virgin Retail.