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AOBP announces ‘new blood’ for broader committee

12th July 2017

The Association of Bridging Professionals has appointed three new members to its Executive Committee as it signals the creation of a more representative body to its members and the wider industry nationally.

The new Executive Committee, which will meet for the first time later this month, reflects a wider geographical spread, with two of the new members based in Wales and the North of England. The newcomers also represent expertise in a range of commercial products and services which heralds the broader scope of activity in which the Association will become involved.

Phil Gray, MD at Watts Commercial Finance, based in Cheshire, learned his trade with the high street banks. In 2006, Phil launched Watts Commercial Finance Ltd and since then he has steered the business through an eventful decade culminating in the company celebrating its 10th Birthday in 2016.

He said:

"I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to join the AOBP Executive Committee and I look forward to not only serving to help the industry as a whole, but also to be a voice for the North of the UK where many amazing people and businesses thrive. It is an exciting challenge and brilliant for both myself and my company and I look forward to taking up my position in September."
Chris Treadwell, Head of Commercial & Development at Enness Private Clients, joined Enness in 2015 after six years in the British Army. He is now deploying his skills to great effect as Head of Enness’ Commercial finance department, after just two years in the industry.

He said:

“As a broker, the AOBP is invaluable so I very much look forward to contributing to the excellent work it does in the bridging finance industry, helping businesses like Enness deliver the best possible service.”

Ben Lloyd, MD at Pure Commercial Finance (PCF) based in South Wales joined Barclays in 2005 advising on all elements of commercial lending and has made PCF into one of the leading specialist lending firms in the UK.
Lloyd said:

“Since inception the AOBP has always stood for higher standards in the industry and acted to provide a focus point for the industry to talk to government and regulators. I look forward to building on the vital work undertaken by previous committee members and push forward the Association’s exciting agenda on behalf of its members.”

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