Our People

We believe that intellectual capital is critical to providing innovative financial solutions for our clients.

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We are fortunate to employ some of the most talented professionals in our industry. We have a long-standing, established team because of our entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to our people, and high expectation for excellence. Our people are our most valuable asset – they are skilled problem solvers delivering funding solutions for you rather than just loans.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do, helping us to stand out from the crowd and become the clear choice for our clients. We can only achieve client service excellence if our team feel committed to each other, the firm and our common goals – and we’ve worked very hard to make this a priority.

We are a non-hierarchical organisation, with the most junior people on our team encouraged to voice their opinions, ask questions and suggest solutions and everyone is expected to contribute to excellence in client service. Each and every person plays a vital role in our success. The collective experiences, ideas and hard work of our people are what shape our culture and drive the future of our business. Our clients are at the centre of everything we do.

Meet some of our key people ...

Steve Barber
Steve Barber Director
Steve is the founder of BFS and looks after the Corporate Governance of the business. He is an alumnus of the University of Oxford and holds an MBA from Henley Management School.
Jeanette Gwatkin
Jeanette Gwatkin Head of Operations and Marketing
Jeanette has 30 years experience in property finance and has worked with BFS since inception. Client service is her expertise and she continues to build on this important aspect of the business.
Rachel Davies
Rachel Davies Head of Underwriting
Rachel has 30 years of experience working in financial services, including mainstream commercial banking and private property finance. She manages the underwriting function of the business, developing new products and specialising in development finance.
Lee Gilmore
Lee Gilmore Head of Sales
Lee brings 21 years of corporate banking experience to BFS and leads on our interaction with banks, accountants, solicitors and other professionals.
Barbara Corbett
Barbara Corbett Chartered Global Management Accountant
In 2017, Barbara became a fully qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Management Accountants. She has 30 years of financial and management experience and successfully leads the BFS accounts busy department..
Angie Jones
Angie Jones Business Development Manager
Angie brings a wealth of personal finance experience to her role. She has developed strong relationships with a vast professional network, including individuals and businesses, through three-plus decades of employment at NatWest.
Anthony Griffiths
Anthony Griffiths Regional Business Development Manager
Anthony joins us with nearly a decade of experience working within brokerages and packagers, placing specialist finance cases, and working with introducers and clients all over the UK. Anthony lives with his fiancé in Cardiff and has two children and a working dog which needs a lot of exercise!
Adam Wolstenholme
Adam Wolstenholme Business Development Manager
Adam brings 9 years experience working in the Financial services industry having previously worked as a second charge broker at Freedom Finance, Lender BDM at Aldermore and latterly working at Together within the commercial finance division. Adam prides himself on taking a cradle to grave approach to all cases, always available to get involved and help get a case through to completion. Good working relationships are vitally important to Adam and working for BFS satisfies his need for excellent client care. Outside of work Adam is a Manchester City fan and also enjoys playing golf.
Debbie Range
Debbie Range Business Development Manager
Debbie has joined as a Business Development Manager in our BFS sales team (Jan 23) and we will now benefit from her massive experience of over 20 years in the finance sector. Having previously worked in the bridging and regulated mortgage intermediary sector, Debbie is looking forward to working with clients old and new, and introducing BFS’s flexible and bespoke approach to deals. A massive LFC fan, she fits right into the BFS family.
Andy Greenhalgh
Andy Greenhalgh Business Development Manager
BFS is delighted Andy is providing us with his expertise following 8 years experience with one of the largest UK brokers. His can do attitude will benefit BFS clients as giving up on a deal doesn’t compute for Andy. Looking after brokers and clients alike with allow Andy to fit right in to BFS. A proud Lancastrian , outdoor lover, and District Scout leader. His perfect life would be spent outdoors – if he had the choice !
Adam Bluma
Adam Bluma Business Development Manager
A new addition to the team, Adam will be assisting clients to find the right lending solution, meeting all their needs and building strong relationships along the way. With over 15 years experience in banking, bridging, real estate and commercial lending, there isn’t much Adam doesn’t know. A keen chess player, traveller and dog walker, Adam can also make a good coffee – a skill all the team will enjoy
Sarah Cropper
Sarah Cropper Underwriter
Sarah brings over 30 years experience in Financial Services. Sarah started her career at NatWest, has been a qualified IFA and has worked in bridging as Head of Portfolio Management and Loan Operations. Sarah will be part of our growing underwriting team, using her bridging finance knowledge to underwrite cases, and providing the highest level of customer service. Sarah loves spending any spare time walking her two lovely dogs.
Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith Administrative Assistant
Lisa has over 26 years’ experience in administration and business support. Originally from a business travel background, Lisa very much enjoys her role supporting the underwriting team and other BFS departments.
Diane Wood
Diane Wood Client Manager
Diane joined BFS following a very successful career in commercial banking and after a period of time as Head of Credit Control, now heads up all post-completion queries. Her attention to detail is second to none and she is a much valued member of the BFS team.
Nick Lockley
Nick Lockley Underwriter Administrative Support
Nick Lockley is the latest addition to the team at BFS, formerly with Nat West for 30 years, Nick brings a wealth of experience to our underwriting department. A Wallasey resident, Nick can’t believe how lucky he is to now be at his desk in 7 minutes. Nick loves the outdoor life and is a keen walker and swimmer. ‘It’s great to be involved in finance again and with a local company who invest in local people.
Laila Bourke
Laila Bourke Apprentice
Laila previously studied at West Kirby Grammar School and is now studying for her AAT qualification within BFS, whilst working toward her ambition of becoming a qualified accountant.
Sue Caldwell
Sue Caldwell Financial Controller
Sue joined the company at the beginning in 2007 and is our Financial Controller. Sue was responsible for the original setting up of our accounting and management systems.
Diane McHugh
Diane McHugh Office Manager
Diane is our longest serving team member and has overseen the growth and development of BFS. Diane is responsible for operations and property management.
Val Bryan
Val Bryan Administration Support
Val has many years of experience in property management and is enjoying her relatively new role supporting all BFS departments with administration and technical support.
Gill Barker
Gill Barker HR Manager
Gill joined BFS in 2021 and brings her strong background in recruitment, HR and Health and Safety. Gill worked for almost 20 years at The University of Liverpool’s Veterinary School HR department, and uses her impressive experience to assist with all employee related issues. A massive animal lover, jewellery maker and keen photographer – another skill BFS makes use of !
Christine Mobbs
Christine Mobbs Project Administrator
Chris is a new addition to the team having spent 42 years at Barclays looking after Corporate clients with a heavy focus on strong customer relationships and client experience. Project Administrator is her new role, assisting with streamlining projects from inception to completion. Chris loves being outdoors and is a keen hill walker, and spending time with her family and young Granddaughter.