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)

CEO

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.

tony@signatureprivatefinance.co.uk
07715 644 564

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.

0121 746 3130
07754 941 902

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.

danny@signatureprivatefinance.co.uk
07590 848 235

Paul Tromans

Business Development Manager

What Paul doesn’t know about lending money to buy and develop property is not really worth knowing. He has more than 30 years’ lending experience after a long career in management positions with Bradford and Bingley, together with other short-term property finance businesses.

Based in the Midlands, Paul will be out connecting with property developers, investors and finance brokers to ensure they understand our low rates, fast decisions and high-quality customer service.

pault@signatureprivatefinance.co.uk
07715 644 561

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.

gary@signatureprivatefinance.co.uk
0121 746 3130
07702 540 883

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.

0121 746 3130

Chris Buttle

Lending Manager

Chris is a familiar face amongst the South Wales business community, having spent more than 35 years in a variety of roles with HSBC bank across the region. He covers the south and west form our busy Cardiff office.

Chris assesses and approves short-term property finance applications within our approved lending mandate. He is very positive by nature and combines an unrivalled understanding of bridging finance with a pro-active attitude to underwriting, which ensures we always make informed lending decisions, as quickly as possible.

chris@signatureprivatefinance.co.uk
0784 101 4515

Rajni Taheem

Underwriter

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.

rajni@signatureprivatefinance.co.uk
0121 746 3130

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.

0121 746 3130

Stephen Todd

VAS In-House Surveyor

Stephen is a chartered surveyor and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. A former Director of Jones Lang LaSalle in Manchester, he is a registered valuer with a wealth of experience at all levels in the property market.

Stephen is renowned for his ability to carry out valuation auditing and provide advice to our lending team, on all property types and sectors across the UK, identifying property specific valuation. His experience provides an important additional level of protection with regard to our management of risk.

Katie Boyd

Sales Support

Thanks to her Customer Service background, Katie has a wealth of experience dealing with customers face-to-face and on the telephone. In her sales support role, she liaises with Brokers on their deals and is their contact when our Business Development Managers are unavailable.

Katie is responsible for sending out terms and documents, whilst ensuring we have all the ‘Know Your Customer’ information and supporting evidence. She is the critical link between the brokers and our underwriting team, keeping everyone up to date with progress of deals.

Hanad Farah

Lending Administrator

Hanad has worked in a diverse range of sectors, including Catering, Retail, Energy, Data Analysis and Property Management, always developing strong customer relationships. He excels with his ability to plan, analyse, organise and adapt to situations in highly pressurised environments, whilst remaining confident, good humoured and professional.

He also speaks four languages and has studied economics at university. He has now tackling the important role of ‘Lending Administrator’ with his usual sunny disposition and is training with our busy underwriting team.

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