Knowledge Bank appoints new BDM

Knowledge Bank has appointed Andy Leadbetter as business development manager (BDM). Andy has over thirty years experience in insurance and mortgages and so is well known by many brokers. Andy joins the Knowledge Bank team as a direct response to the huge increase in users that the system has seen in the last 12 months.

Knowledge Bank is the UK’s largest and most detailed criteria search system and has seen exceptional growth since its launch in September 2017. It contains criteria details from over 200 lenders and holds over 100,000 individual pieces of criteria. The system has been embraced by lenders, brokers and also by networks such as Primis who have adopted it as their own in-house system to make it both quicker and easier for their members searching for mortgages.

Andy’s background within the industry is helping brokers grow their business, save time and earn more money which is an ethos that fits exactly with Knowledge Bank’s. His role will also be managing key relationships with the numerous large brokerages and packagers who also use Knowledge Bank as their criteria search system.

Andy will also be inputting into the evolution and development of the Knowledge Bank system as he heads up the broker focus groups. With some exciting and ground breaking new features and tools to launch shortly as well as some big announcements with regards to partnerships and collaborations in 2020, the opinions of brokers are vital to ensure that Knowledge Bank continues to be the criteria search system of choice for the intermediary.

Andy Leadbetter says “Knowledge Bank is an exciting company to work for with ambitious vision, goals and expansion plans. It is not often that you get the opportunity to be a part of a company that is changing the shape of an industry so I jumped at the chance to be part of their future success.

“The FCA are looking to evidence why a broker has advised their client on what may be the fifth product on a Sourcing system list not necessarily the top one. This need for evidence is only going to increase and Knowledge Bank plays a fundamental part in providing it.

“Knowledge Bank gives brokers unrivalled access to mortgage lenders’ criteria whilst providing them with evidence of research to satisfy inhouse compliance and the FCA. With my years of experience in the mortgage industry, particularly dealing with mortgage intermediaries, I know I can help brokers save valuable time when sourcing mortgages and increase the opportunities to raise their income by utilising the UK’s leading criteria software.”

Nicola Firth, CEO of Knowledge Bank, says “This is a great time to welcome someone of Andy’s calibre to the Knowledge Bank team as we surge forwards with our next growth phase. Andy brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the intermediary mortgage industry and will be particularly valuable both in broadening Knowledge Bank’s reach amongst brokers and then ensuring they really capitalise on our cutting-edge criteria system.”

Andy joins Knowledge Bank following eight years at Uinsure. Before that he worked for Bupa, Tenet and RBS amongst others.