Aspen Bridging announces key promotions

It sees investment in core teams as part of its growth plans

Aspen Bridging announces key promotions

Looking to advance its growth, Aspen Bridging has made several key promotions within its risk, underwriting, and credit teams.

Wayne Hicklin (pictured right) has been appointed as its risk director, consolidating his experience since joining the company in 2016. Spending over 25 years in specialist finance, Hicklin’s previous roles include leading the underwriting and recoveries teams. In his new role, Hicklin is tasked with overseeing the internal monitoring of heavy works cases.

Saif Khalique (pictured left) has also been promoted to head of underwriting, tasked to manage the underwriting team’s daily operations, contribute to strategic planning, and oversee training. Khalique, who joined the specialist lender in 2019 as a graduate underwriter, has risen through the ranks while completing his real estate MSc.

Aqib Iqbal, previously a senior credit analyst, has also been promoted to the role of credit manager. Joining Aspen in 2021, Iqbal brings legal and real estate background to his new position and is on track to become Assoc RICS accredited this year.

The company has also announced the promotion of Sinead McMurray to senior credit analyst and Richard Tweddle to senior underwriter, both of whom started as graduate underwriters in 2022.

“The business has successfully grown these last few years which resulted in us recently surpassing the £500 million lending landmark from when the business was founded in 2017,” said Jack Coombs, managing director at Aspen Bridging.

“As we look upwards to £1 billion worth of lending, which we are looking to realise in the next couple of years, we have to invest in the business and our core teams. These promotions are all well-deserved, and we are excited about the positive contribution they will make to the business going forwards.”

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