Meet the Team
Director (Senior Mortgage & Protection Advisor)
Qualifications B.Sc (Hons) Cell Biology, CeMap 1,2&3 ReMar
Senior Mortgage and Protection Advisor
Qualifications CeMap 1,2&3
I attended school in Motherwell and entered the financial services industry straight from there. I have worked in all aspects of financial services specialising in mortgages and protection. Having worked for two of the UK’s largest Building Societies (Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley) where I worked on all aspects of financial services products and gained vast experience and knowledge. This gave me extensive experience of the mortgage underwriting process, which I have successfully utilised over the years in securing the right mortgages for my client. I then focused solely on mortgages and moved to Slater Hogg & Howieson gaining further experience in all types of mortgage lending with experience in sales, marketing, customer services and customer retention. I have over 35 years experience in the financial services sector now and joined the Independent Mortgage Store in May 2017 to replace Iain Easton after he sadly passed away. Outwith work I am keen on music and I’m the lead singer in a local rock group and remain busy with my family life with wife Alison and 3 children.
I attended Kings Park High School in Glasgow. After starting a family I returned to work within the property and financial services industry. I joined Slater Estate Agents in 1992 as Paul McGowan’s Personal assistant before following Paul to the Independent Mortgage Store in 1998. I have now worked directly with Paul for over 25 years. I ensure that every detail of your mortgage application is scrutinised and kept up to date. After the brokers have completed your application I am your main point of contact during the mortgage process. Over the last 20 years I have assisted the majority of our clients set up their mortgages. It has been a pleasure getting to know our clients from first time buyers and seeing them return over the years with their growing families, it’s like meeting up with old friends for a catch up. Outside of work apart from spending time with my two grandchildren and visiting our family home in Spain I’m also a keen member of the Wellcroft Bowling Club where I have spent many years as a committee member and was Lady President in 2016.
Mortgage & Protection Advisor
Qualifications B.Sc (Hons) Mathematics, CeMap 1,2 & 3.
I attended school at Kilmarnock Academy and then went on to complete an Honours degree in Mathematics at the University of Strathclyde in 2014. I then went on to study teaching at UWS but decided it wasn’t the right career path for me. Since then I have worked for both Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank and Tesco Bank in their mortgage departments. This has given me plenty of experience in the mortgage application process from the lender’s perspective which I find invaluable in my current role. Outside of work I am an avid tabletop gamer with a keen love of cooking, both of which I share with my wife Morag.
Social Media Consultant
I attended Marr College, Troon before moving to Ayr to study Web Development at the University of the West of Scotland. I then went to work hospitality for various years as I loved the vibrancy and speed of the industry, before moving to HMRC to work in operations and communications. Ultimately, my love of travelling took over and I went to explore the world and lived in Australia & New Zealand for several years.
I’ve been obsessed with the property market ever since I was young – where others would be watching Nickelodeon, I’d be watching ‘A Place in the Sun’ or ‘Grand Designs’. So, upon returning to the UK and buying a house with my partner, I fell in love with the industry even more. I have been incredibly fortunate that Paul has given me the opportunity to work with Independent Mortgage Store in a role to assist enhancing their social media presence.
93 Byres Rd, Glasgow, G11 5HW
Our Phone Number
0141 337 3393