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Date: 17 January 2023

Author: Rachel Bartlett

Promotion figures for four as MSP Capital strengthens strategic growth plans

Property finance specialist MSP Capital has promoted four long-standing team members to newly created associate director roles.

As well as recognising the commitment of the individuals, the move is designed to strengthen the 42-year-old lender’s strategic goals and enhance its flexibility, responsiveness and entrepreneurship in the market.

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The four appointees have extensive experience across the firm’s activities in finance, credit, underwriting and valuation.

Nicky Hollamby – Chartered accountant

Chartered accountant Nicky Hollamby, Associate Director of Finance, was previously an auditor at Grant Thornton where she worked with clients ranging from small owner-managed businesses to PLCs.

Since joining MSP Capital in 2017, she has grown the finance department’s ability to provide real time data and analysis to inform decision making.

In her new role, Nicky will oversee the firm’s financial operations including a strategic enhancement of the capital structure that provides certainty of funds for lending activities.

Lee Merrifield – Chartered banker

Lee Merrifield, who like Nicky joined MSP Capital in 2017, spent nearly three decades working at a top-five high-street bank, NatWest. His focus was largely on funding, risk assessment and credit control for real estate clients in Bournemouth and Southampton.As he moves from Underwriting and Credit Manager at MSP, to Associate Director of Credit he will be able to drive the business forward strategically, ensuring we remain at the forefront of specialist property lending.

Chris Sheppard – Chartered banker

Similarly, Chris Sheppard spent 22 years at Natwest, before joining MSP Capital in 2016 as a Business Relationship Manager. His career has meant that he has experience of both corporate and commercial markets, with a particular focus on the real estate sector.All this experience will help him as he moves to Associate Director in Underwriting. His core focus will be on using his knowledge of what our clients need from their lenders to ensure MSP continues to attract new clients and remains a growing and successful business.

Chris Wright becomes Associate Director of Valuation

A chartered surveyor since 2010, Chris Wright becomes Associate Director of Valuation, tasked with identifying growth areas in the property industry.

He joined MSP Capital in 2018 with career experience in providing secured lending valuations on behalf of all major UK banks.

He also advised many commercial and residential developers who have gone on to become clients of the firm.

In his new role, Chris will build strategically on his successful track record in managing valuer relationships and providing internal consultancy advice and quality assurance reviews ahead of lending.

MSP Capital’s Managing Director Martin Higgins said: “Many congratulations to all four of our new associate directors.

“Each of them is an experienced, talented and dedicated professional who has proven their ability to achieve the best outcomes for our clients time and time again.

“Their appointments and enhanced leadership responsibilities reflect our desire to drive the business forward strategically and strengthen our position as the lender of choice for development and bridging finance.”

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