National brokerage Just Mortgages has kicked off the new year with the appointment of five new regional directors to support its growing self-employed division.
Mark Ferneyhough and Jason Whiteley have been appointed to support brokers in the north, Ben Peart and Jon Taylor will cover the south and Preeti Ferrier will represent the Midlands. All five appointments bring a wealth of experience having been promoted from either area or development director roles within Just Mortgages.
Each one is responsible for up to four area directors or sales managers and a further 15 mortgage and protection advisers. The move provides the necessary scope for expansion, enabling the self-employed division to grow to more than 1,000 advisers without any further structural changes.
Just Mortgages has expanded rapidly in recent years and the new appointments support the growing numbers in the self-employed team, which is set to reach 500 advisers this year. The line-up is set to expand too with plans for a further regional director for the Midlands later in 2023.
Carl Parker, national director of Just Mortgages said the move highlights the continued success of the self-employed division, as well as the wealth of talent found across the business.
“One of our core principles has always been to hire great people and provide them the tools, support and opportunities to develop and reach their full potential. This experienced director line-up certainly exemplifies this and is a clear statement of intent of our ambitious growth plans for the division.
“This team, along with our area directors will be an invaluable resource for our brokers across the country, providing advice and guidance as well as support for new and existing advisers looking to develop their business. We wish all five well in this next stage of their career with Just Mortgages.”
Speaking on his appointment, Ben Peart said: “I’m really pleased to be taking on this exciting opportunity and to be a part of the continued growth and expansion of Just Mortgages. I’m looking forward to using my experience to help shape the development and strategic direction of the self-employed division, as well as working with the fantastic team of area directors to push forward plans to best support our brokers.
“It’s great to be with a company that rewards hard work and provides a clear path for progression. These changes not only lay down the correct foundation for future growth but allow us to stay close to advisers even as the division continues to scale.”
Mark Ferneyhough added: “I’m delighted to be taking the next step in my career with Just Mortgages. The family feel in the business and the way you are encouraged to grow and develop not just your own skills but those of your colleagues and the brokers we work alongside is truly refreshing. I’m looking forward to the challenge and ultimately helping our self-employed businesses achieve their goals.”