Leading broker firm, Just Mortgages has appointed Ben Allkins as the new head of mortgages and protection for its self-employed division.
The newly created role will involve managing the strategic direction of the self-employed division, helping improve the efficiency of the team, and supporting Just Mortgages’ brokers to deliver exceptional advice.
With over two decades of experience in the mortgage market, Allkins has been working as part of the Just Mortgages’ team for the past five years, initially as an area director, then a regional director.
In the next year alone, Just Mortgages is investing over £1m into upgrading the support and systems that the self-employed team uses. Allkins role will be to oversee this investment to ensure it delivers the maximum positive impact for brokers.
The appointment of the new head of mortgages and protections is part of ambitious growth plans for the Just Mortgages self-employed division. After launching in June 2016 with just three brokers, five years later, the team is now close to 400.
With both first-hand experience of being a broker and hands-on experience managing the Just Mortgages’ self-employed team, Allkins mix of industry knowledge and people skills make him ideal for the role.
He added: “The self-employed division only succeeds if our brokers are successful, so my role is to ensure we invest in areas that make tangible differences for our team.
“While the self-employed team at Just Mortgages already receives industry-leading support, we will look at all the pinch points where we can improve and make changes to make our brokers lives easier.
“We will certainly continue to grow in the next few years, but one of our key aims is to make sure our team is working as efficiently as possible.
“From admin support to developing state of the art CRM systems, we work closely with our brokers to help them maximise their time advising clients.”