Meet The Team

There are great opportunities in the highly competitive property market, but when you are seeking finance, you need a responsive service from people that understand the sector, see the value you see and can make decisions fast. Assembling a team of specialists, experienced in every aspect of the property market, not only allows us to make all our lending decisions in-house, but ensures we work with you, to find ways to lend, not reasons to turn you down.

Tony Gilbertson BSc (Hons)


Tony is an experienced financier, with over 25 years’ experience of the property finance market. He worked for a major high street bank for over 15 years, holding a number of lending roles in a managerial capacity, concentrating on real estate lending.

Tony is experienced in property finance risk management, credit risk & analysis and debt recovery having operated as a regional underwriter for the bank. He also has many years practical experience of the residential property development and investment markets, whilst maintaining his other commercial business interests.
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David Hughes

Finance Director

David is a well-rounded, commercially strong Chartered Accountant with a legal background. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and will help guide the strategic development of our business. His main goal though, is to ensure we have the necessary internal controls and reporting procedures in place to cope with our growth.

David has a strong history of managing the finance function, working with owner managed SME’s to large multinational PLCs. He has great experience of both the fine detail and big picture thinking required by modern short-term lenders like Signature.

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Gary Playle

Business Development Manager

Gary is another of our team with finance in his blood and almost an entire working life with major UK banks, primarily in management roles. We brought him into our team, not just for his undoubted property finance experience, but his pro-active, positive attitude and drive for success.

Based in the South East, Gary is recognised for his ability to react to customers’ needs and develop effective lending solutions. He will strengthen our relationships with brokers and property investors across the region, whilst raising the profile of Signature to those that have not yet befitted from our low rates and high-quality service.
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Danny Power

Business Development Manager

There are very few people who know more about short-term property finance than Danny, with an unrivalled reputation for turning enquiries into loan offers. His experience is measured in decades rather than years and he is another of our team with Barclays in his past.

Based in Greater Manchester, Danny’s role is to bring our unique blend of competitive rates, fast turnaround and quality customer service to brokers, investors and property developers in the north. He is renowned for his ability to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges borrowers face and works hard to find ways to lend, rather than reasons not to.
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Rajni Taheem


Rajni joined the company in 2014 after a successful career in banking and is an integral part of the Underwriting Team. She has the ability to quickly identify funding proposals that we can support, issuing offers, liaising with our panel professionals and following cases through to a prompt completion. Rajni has a sound knowledge of the property market, with particular interest in the South East and the Midlands.

Rajni is also responsible for the company’s HR function and recruitment, having recently completed her CIPD professional qualification in Human Resources. She also plays an important role in the sales & marketing activities of the business.
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Trevor Melly

Lending Manager

Trevor brings a wealth of banking and property finance experience to the role of Lending Manager. He’s previously been a Mortgage Underwriter with Bank of Ireland and an Account Relationship Manager in the Corporate Real Estate Team at Mizrahi Tefahot Bank.

Trevor is responsible for assessing and approving property finance applications within our approved lending mandate. He combines strong analytical skills with sound judgement and a pragmatic approach to underwriting to ensure we always make informed lending decisions, in the shortest time possible.

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Robert Taylor RICS

In-House Surveyor

Member of the RICS since 1990, with over 25 years’ direct experience in all aspects of commercial and residential property.Robert was originally employed by Alexander Stevens in 1986 then joined Stephens McBride based in Birmingham in 1991 as Head of Industrial agency valuations before becoming a Partner/ Director of the business in 1993.

He is highly experienced in all general practice areas of surveying work, with particular emphasis on commercial and residential property valuations, rent reviews, lease renewals, management, and commercial agency, sales and lettings.

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