Meet the Team

We have a team of expert advisers working across all of our products and services to make sure we find the best solution for you, from mortgages and protection to equity release and bridging finance.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Meet the Team

Alistair Field

Mortgage & Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
I was actively recruited by Openwork who then put me in contact with CS Mortgage solutions as they believed I would be a good fit for the company.

What do you love about what you do?
I love being able to help people to buy their home and know their families are protected.

How do you describe your job to family?
I help people buy houses.

What powers you through the day?
My family and lots of coffee.

If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
I love to play and coach rugby and also had dreams of being a chef.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Lazy relaxation with my family, going for walks, watching rugby and finished with a grand Sunday roast.

The one tune that motivates you?
 I used to listen to a lot of rock before I played rugby to get me in the mood but I have mellowed out a little since retiring.

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Amy Wilson

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
Having left my role as an advisor for a bank, I was approached by a recruitment agency who put me in touch with Craig. Having spoken just the once, I was greatly impressed with the opportunity Craig had offered and couldn’t wait to be part of the team.

What do you love about what you do?
I will always remember my first client and the feeling I had when I called her the day of completion to tell her she can pick the key up to her new home. I knew that I wanted to help as many people as I can, to pick their keys up too.

How do you describe your job to family?
I have a good gab over a cuppa with clients, in which we talk about everything from what they want their mortgage to look like and how we are going to protect them, to what their plans are for the future.

What powers you through the day?
A strong cup of coffee and Gold FM/Magic.
 
If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
I would love to have been a professional footballer. I could bend it better than Beckham in my prime.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
I love getting outdoors whether it’s somewhere local or going further afield. I think it’s important to change your scenery, especially working in an office type environment. It’s all about country walks followed by country pubs.
 
The one tune that motivates you?
There’s so many. I’m torn between Rock ‘n’ Roll Star – Oasis and I bet that you look good on the dance floor – Arctic Monkeys.

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Angela Owens

Mortgage & Protection Advisor
How did you get into the role?
I had been working as a retail manager for some time and really wasn’t enjoying it anymore so when the opportunity arose for me to take voluntary redundancy I embraced it with the aim of studying for a new career. I had been interested in the Financial Services Industry and had several friends who worked as Mortgage and Protection advisers and having talked to them about what the job entailed I decided to take the jump onto this new career path.What do you love most about what you do?
The people, I love meeting new people and finding out what they do, what their hobbies are, what their goals are and it’s a great feeling knowing that you can help them get there.How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
Its never boring and so far no 2 days have been the same, which is a good thing.What ‘powers’ you through the day?
The team around me, they are so supportive and really funny. If there is anything that I am unsure of or need a second opinion on they are always there to help, usually with a funny anecdote alongside.If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Travel writer, being paid to go on holiday and tell people about it would be amazing ?What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Going away with my husband and exploring somewhere new, especially if there is a cheeky cocktail involved.The one tune that motivates you?
Candi Staton ‘You’ve got the love’One thing on your bucket list and why?
To travel America, I’d say backpacking but I think I’m too old for that. I love the parts of America I have seen so far but there is so much more I’d love to see.
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Craig Skelton

Practice Principal

Craig has worked in financial services for more than seventeen years, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the business. He started his career at The Co-Operative Bank, and after spending five years as a Branch Manager, he moved into estate agency financial services. He managed a team of mortgage advisors and worked closely with estate agency colleagues. After spending eleven years working for various companies at a senior management level, Craig decided to set up his own financial services business, and CS Mortgage Solutions was born. Craig is passionate about providing a first-class service and his team provide a unique offering that focuses on help and advice throughout the various stages of the mortgage process. When he does have spare time, he enjoys spending it with his wife Sarah ideally travelling, watching his son Louis playing rugby league even though he still doesn’t get the rules or being walked by their two dog’s Buddy and Daisy. If you are looking for friendly, personalised, and trustworthy advice, contact Craig or his team now. They are more than happy to help!

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Franco Carpinelli

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
After working in sales for quite few years I wanted to do something more rewarding, that would also keep me challenged in my day to day.

What do you love about what you do?
Making the home buying process less stressful for people.

How do you describe your job to family?
I help people through the home buying process, from offering on the property, finalising the mortgage then protecting them from the worst case scenario

What powers you through the day?
Coffee!

If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
Property developer.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
My ideal weekend would be family, friends and maybe a few drinks squeezed in somewhere.

The one tune that motivates you?
Don’t stop believing- Journey

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Ieva Sirmaca

Mortgage, Protection and Equity Release Advisor

Ieva graduated with a degree in Economics but soon moved into financial services. She started her career at Santander Banking Group and has since worked with other large financial institutions, including a market leading estate agency as a Senior Mortgage Consultant. Ieva has a wealth of knowledge across all types of mortgages. In addition to her experience in providing mortgage and protection advice, Ieva has also ample knowledge in processing mortgage cases, which is beneficial as she can share her experience on the process that takes place post advice. When Ieva isn’t busy seeking the best deals for her clients, she enjoys to travel and experience new cultures. Ieva has a great passion for cooking and enjoys cooking for friends and family, although she professes her culinary skills are not completely perfected. Ieva has a warm and flexible approach, and endeavours for a smooth and pleasant process for all her clients.

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Jamie Benn

Mortgage & Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
After starting in the retail banking sector I discovered one area of business more than any other was often confused and hard to get the best deal as a client was your mortgage, savings rates were so similar between banks but mortgage rates vastly different. I wanted to understand why so after passing my exams in 2015 Craig offered me a chance to step into the market full time to learn the business.

What do you love about what you do?
I love changing a complex mess or situation into a clear one, problems happen before you meet a client so to take the stress away of a part of their purchase feels great. I also like to break down the detail into manageable chunks for my clients so we can make decisions together, i like to empower my clients with new knowledge so they can make an informed decision with my guidance.

How do you describe your job to family?
My job is a 24/7 responsibility and I can get a call from a client for a simple remortgage or from a lender wanting to discuss the floor plan of a new homes site being built, and everything in between. It’s also a great way to meet people, discover more about them and make sure they’re interests are looked after.

What powers you through the day?
I don’t feel like it’s a sprint, more like a marathon and the only way to keep going is to keep your head up and focus on the positives!

If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
Sounds like a jump but an electrician, after recently renovating my home, I’ve found it’s the job that sounds impressive but mainly involves pulling wires, not that dirty!

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Two days of only good news on the mobile, cooking with my partner, beer in hand and preferably a nice view of the sea.

The one tune that motivates you?
Bakermat – Baiana

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Jason Murgatroyd

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
I’ve worked in Financial services since I was 18, I bumped in to an old school friend who was driving his bosses ‘Nissan Bluebird’ I was so impressed that I asked him if he could get me a job, and the rest is history.

What do you love most about what you do?
I really enjoy meeting new people, and I am genuinely interested in hearing what makes people tick. I get a huge Buzz from being able to then help with those things which we all aspire to.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
I’ll never be a Millionaire, however I feel rich in satisfaction, by helping people to find the homes of their dreams and arranging everything for them to make it as simple as possible.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
A desire to help as many people as I can

If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Masterchef Judge

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Walking the dogs in Yorkshire Dales, Working my Garden, Eating Good Food and drinking Red Wine

The one tune that motivates you?
Dignity By Deacon Blue

One thing on your bucket list and why?
Glastonbury, I want to relive my youth

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Jayne Kelly

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
My husband owns an estate agency and we wanted to compliment the bespoke service we offer by keeping everything under one roof.

What do you love about what you do?
The satisfaction of getting people to where they want to be.

How do you describe your job to family?
I can get you a house and keep you in it!

What powers you through the day?
Grande Lattes, lots of. And job satisfaction, in bucket loads.

If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
A personal shopper, I’m great at spending other people’s money!

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
So many variations but ‘ideal’ would include a lie in, Starbucks and a nice restaurant.

The one tune that motivates you?
Got to be Gloria! Don’t come better than that.

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Joanne Varey

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
I had been working at a building society for 18 years and worked my way up to a Branch Manager. The role became redundant and I saw an opportunity to go back to doing the role I enjoyed the most which was a mortgage advisor.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love meeting new people and getting to know them and helping them it gives me a buzz.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
Helping people get on the property ladder and find and secure their dream house or saving them money on there current deal.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
Being busy and lots of coffees.

If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Not sure about that one but it would have to customer facing as I love chatting and helping people.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Spending time with my family , Shopping and I love a glass of red wine and a Chinese take away on a Saturday night.

The one tune that motivates you?
I couldn’t really say just one as I love any dance athems. Especially ones from the late 80s and early 90s.

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Kendall Sorren

Business Development

How did you get into the role?
I have worked within estate agency for around 7 years and have always loved helping people on their journey. I have known Craig a few years now so when he got back in touch, I was delighted to take on this new opportunity.

What do you love most about what you do?
Seeing how excited people are when they find their perfect home and are grateful for all the help you have given them.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
I help to take the stress of moving home.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
Lots of strong coffee! Sometimes a sweetie fix also does the job (I have a sweet tooth!)


If you weren’t in Business Development, what job would you love to do?

I’ve always worked in an industry that involves helping people one way or another, so something along these lines.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Spending quality time with my partner and our little boy. Also seeing the rest of our family and friends. Not forgetting a cheeky glass of wine or two!

The one tune that motivates you?
Not quite sure it’s motivational…but got to love a bit of Proud Mary! Enough to put anyone in a good mood right?!

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Lisa Harrison

Mortgage and Protection Advisor
How did you get into the role?
I had worked my way up in banks and building societies but the lack of choice for customers infuriated me so I just had to take the leap of faith and go get them a better choice as a broker.What do you love most about what you do?
Making clients happy, whether it be buying a new home, improving the one they have or simply saving them money and giving them piece of mind.How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
I help people get the home they want and save money.What ‘powers’ you through the day?
My kids Dylan and MeganIf you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
A wedding planner….hahaha I must love helping people with the most stressful life events possibleWhat’s an ideal weekend for you?
A Gin or two with the girls or watching Rugby on Friday night, Something fun with the kids on Saturday, see my family, then being wined and dined would be nice. Sunday morning in the fresh air watching my boy play rugby then home for a Sunday roast, bath and duvet and a movie with the kids.The one tune that motivates you?
I got a feelin….oooo…oooh that tonights gonna be a good nightOne thing on your bucket list and why?
To enjoy my grandchildren one day…..it means I haven’t worked myself to death before then!
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Mark Thompson

Mortgage, Protection and Equity Release Advisor

How did you get into the role?
Originally an Estate Agent I worked closely with Mortgage Advisers and when I decided on a career change felt the transition to becoming a Mortgage Adviser provided me with the opportunity to do something different whilst continuing in the property industry that was in my blood.

What do you love most about what you do?
I have always enjoyed assisting clients with their moving needs and get a real Buzz from helping people buy and finance their properties.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
I arrange mortgages for people and advise on their protection needs ensuring they will never face a situation where they could lose their home. I help them with all aspects of property purchase and if they so require I locate and negotiate a purchase on their behalf. With my 30 years of property experience I invariable save my clients many thousands of pounds in the process and make it as stress free as possible.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
The many challenging situations that are thrown at me and the opportunity to solve them on my clients behalf.

If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Management Consultant, I have always liked the thought of helping business owners to develop their companies

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
When the whole family gets to spend time together not forgetting Teddy the dog!.

The one tune that motivates you?
“I want it all” By Queen – As a guitar player myself I really love the energy create

One thing on your bucket list and why?
Visiting the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National in America. As an avid Golfer, experiencing the history and atmosphere of this world famous sporting event which is one of the worlds 4 golf majors, would be fantastic.

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Matt Taylor

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
I have worked in Financial services for over 22  years for most of the major banks and building societies, I have worked as mortgage advisor and broker for over 13 years where I also learnt about mortgage underwriting, for the last 7 years I have worked for a leading regional building society.  I decided to relocate to Blackpool and after speaking to Craig and Joanne I decided it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

What do you love most about what you do?
I really enjoy helping my clients buy their home, as the whole home buying process can be frustrating and time consuming but seeing how satisfied they are when they have moved in is very rewarding.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
Helping people get on the property ladder and find and secure their dream house or saving them money on their current deal.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
An early morning run, being busy and lots of coffee.

If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Something sport or running related, as I am a running coach and love to help people achieve their goals.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Competing in a running race, then enjoying good food and red wine with my wife.

The one tune that motivates you?
Can’t beat the theme tune’s from Rocky 1 & 4 and any old-school dances anthems from the early 90’s.

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Michael Litterbach

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
I’ve Always had an interest in property and financial markets so when I packed up and moved to the UK was a perfect excuse to pursue something I’m interested in. After completing my course and giving Craig a ring, the rest is history.

What do you love about what you do?
I love meeting new people and finding solutions to their problems. Whether that means getting them on the property ladder or saving them some money on their existing loans.

How do you describe your job to family?
Helping people get access to the property market.

What powers you through the day?
Love my coffee. A few extra strong flat whites works  wonders.

If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
Sport has always been a big part of my life but  I especially love my cricket. I would love to be the  captain of the Australian cricket team, I’m still waiting for that call.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Love spending time with friends and family. Even better over good food and a good drink.

The one tune that motivates you?
I’m gonna be – The proclaimers
I Have a terrible voice but when this comes on, I cant stop myself.

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Mike Tyson

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
After beginning a career in the Accountancy field I decided that a more personable role which matched my Financial Services passion with my extensive Customer & Business facing experience would be my dream.

What do you love about what you do?
Who wouldn’t love dealing with figures and small print all day! It’s the detail that really makes the difference between a good experience and a great experience, for both myself and my clients.

How do you describe your job to family?
Taking the pain out of one of the most defining events in people’s lives, so they can focus their time and passion on the bigger picture.

What powers you through the day?
If things are getting tough – change your socks & grab a tea.

If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
I previously worked on a remote farm in Hospitality & Tourism and there’s just something about having a farm dog & friendly cattle all day that I’ll always miss.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Early start, out for a nice walk for a few hours, then crank up the BBQ and get some music on. On Sunday I’m staying in my pyjamas.

The one tune that motivates you?
Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band.

One thing on your bucket list and why?
“A big walk” By which I mean 2,653 miles across America from Mexico to Canada that takes several months. Because, to me, it’s the ultimate challenge of will and perseverance.

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Natalie Thompson

Mortgage & Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
Originally I worked as a National Planner in radio & marketing sourcing solutions for business clients so financial services seemed like a natural development. I then worked for a market leading Estate Agents sourcing Mortgage & Protection solutions for residential customers.

What do you love most about what you do?
Helping people to find their first home and get on the property ladder – Its exciting to be a part of people achieving such a milestone in their lives.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
Extremely important!! I guide people through what can be the biggest purchase of their lives ensuring they have fully protected themselves and their families – something that you can’t just DIY online.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
About 15 coffees ?

If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Something creative – or maybe I’d re-train in a trade as I do love a bit of DIY

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
One that involves family, friends, food and fresh air!

The one tune that motivates you?
Hmm too many to choose from – Anything with a strong beat

One thing on your bucket list and why?
I think it’d be an amazing experience to walk the Great Wall of China.

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Pippa Heseltine

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
I have worked within estate agency for around 7 years and have always loved helping people on their journey. I have known Craig a few years now so when he got back in touch, I was delighted to take on this new opportunity.

What do you love most about what you do?
Seeing how excited people are when they find their perfect home and are grateful for all the help you have given them.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
I help to take the stress of moving home.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
Lots of strong coffee! Sometimes a sweetie fix also does the job (I have a sweet tooth!)

If you weren’t in Business Development, what job would you love to do?
I’ve always worked in an industry that involves helping people one way or another, so something along these lines.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Spending quality time with my partner and our little boy. Also seeing the rest of our family and friends. Not forgetting a cheeky glass of wine or two!

The one tune that motivates you?
Not quite sure it’s motivational…but got to love a bit of Proud Mary! Enough to put anyone in a good mood right?!

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Richard Jubb

Mortgage and Protection Advisor
How did you get into the role?
I got into property investment by accident really… just doing research when I was deciding whether to sell or rent a previous home. A couple of books and several podcasts later, I was hooked. I started to look at where I was heading in my career in business to business sales, and decided to make a change.What do you love about what you do?
Put simply… I get to spend most of my time talking to people about their property ownership goals and helping them get there.How do you describe your job to family?
Finding someone the right mortgage & protection package is just like trying to finish a jigsaw puzzle. Some are more difficult than others but it look great when it’s finished.

What powers you through the day?
Black Coffee 🙂 On a more serious note… That end goal for each client, especially when helping families buy a new home. The buying process is rarely straightforward, but knowing how good it feels when they get that dream house… That’s what drives me.

If you weren’t a mortgage & protection advisor, what job would you love to do?
If I could convince Yorkshire… I would love to play professional cricket. I love the sport and enjoy playing… but to be paid to play every day would be a dream!

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
A perfect weekend should consist of… At least one game of cricket (winning preferable), several long walks with my partner Laura and Golden Retriever Howard, catching up with friends and (last but not least) eating far too much. I’ve got a sweet tooth, so making my way through most of a Biscoff cake would do nicely!

Franco Carpinelli (image attached)
Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
After working in sales for quite few years I wanted to do something more rewarding, that would also keep me challenged in my day to day.

What do you love about what you do?
Making the home buying process less stressful for people.

How do you describe your job to family?
I help people through the home buying process, from offering on the property, finalising the mortgage then protecting them from the worst case scenario

What powers you through the day?
Coffee!

If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
Property developer.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
My ideal weekend would be family, friends and maybe a few drinks squeezed in somewhere.

The one tune that motivates you?
Don’t stop believing- Journey

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Robert Martin

Financial Advisor

How did you get into the role?
After helping family members get on to the property ladder last year and after a period out of Financial Services doing other things, I decided it was time I come home and back to doing what I loved. Craig offered me the opportunity to do just that.

What do you love about what you do?
Knowing at the end of the working day I have made a difference to people’s lives and helped them along the way to achieving their plans.

How do you describe your job to family?
Talking about money and helping navigate the world of Financial Planning.

What powers you through the day?
An early morning walk with my dog and a Greggs Sausage Roll. 

If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
I am proud to be RYA qualified yacht skipper, so I would love to teach people to sail and pass on my passion, respect and love of the sea. Preferably somewhere hot.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Getting outside in the fresh air … on foot, on my bike or in a boat. 

The one tune that motivates you?
Journey – Don’t stop believing.

Richard Jubb (image attached)
Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
I got into property investment by accident really… just doing research when I was deciding whether to sell or rent a previous home. A couple of books and several podcasts later, I was hooked. I started to look at where I was heading in my career in business to business sales, and decided to make a change.

What do you love about what you do?
Put simply… I get to spend most of my time talking to people about their property ownership goals and helping them get there.

How do you describe your job to family?
Finding someone the right mortgage & protection package is just like trying to finish a jigsaw puzzle. Some are more difficult than others but it look great when it’s finished.

What powers you through the day?
Black Coffee 🙂 On a more serious note… That end goal for each client, especially when helping families buy a new home. The buying process is rarely straightforward, but knowing how good it feels when they get that dream house… That’s what drives me.

If you weren’t a mortgage & protection advisor, what job would you love to do?
If I could convince Yorkshire… I would love to play professional cricket. I love the sport and enjoy playing… but to be paid to play every day would be a dream!

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
A perfect weekend should consist of… At least one game of cricket (winning preferable), several long walks with my partner Laura and Golden Retriever Howard, catching up with friends and (last but not least) eating far too much. I’ve got a sweet tooth, so making my way through most of a Biscoff cake would do nicely!

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Shamraze Ahmed

Mortgage and Protection Advisor

How did you get into the role?
Upon meeting with Craig, I was impressed by the rapid growth of the company. Craig offered me the position and I simply couldn’t refuse.

What do you love most about what you do?
Flexibility. To be able to work as part of an amazing team, but at the same time being able manage my own schedule.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
Help people spend money on houses.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
A combination of caffeinated drinks.

If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Work for Mr Wonka at the chocolate factory.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Quality time spent with family and friends.

The one tune that motivates you?
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

One thing on your bucket list and why?
Travel the world in ‘style’

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Siobhan Haran

Mortgage and Protection Advisor
How did you get into the role?
I started working at a large bank in a call centre and hated it, wanted a change and really liked the sound of the mortgage adviser job role.
What do you love most about what you do?
Helping people buy their dream home!!
How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
Helping people get onto the property ladder, and save money!
What ‘powers’ you through the day?
Diet coke!! It is my caffeine fix!
If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
I would love to have been an occupational therapist, helping people who are injured, ill or disabled- develop, recover and improve on every aspect needed for daily
living and working. This is something I think I would find amazing and so rewarding.
What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Spending time as a family with my husband and our little boy.
The one tune that motivates you?
Got to be Dolly Parton ‘9 to 5’ just love it!!
One thing on your bucket list and why?
I would love to go to Las Vegas, something I have always wanted to do – nearly got there this year for my 30th Birthday. However my 10 month old baby changed those plans!!.

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