Meet The Team

Brian Bartaby | CEO & Founder

Brian Bartaby - Proplend Founder and CEO

In 2003 Brian founded Longcross Capital, a firm specialising in providing financial solutions for real estate investors and developers. He spent 12 years successfully structuring funding deals to meet his clients ever changing requirements, which ultimately led him to develop the Proplend platform. Prior to property finance he spent 13 years working in London, NY and HK managing FX and Options trading desks where he developed a solid understanding of risk.

Richard Berkley | Borrower Business Development

Richard Berkley - Borrower Business Development

Richard has spent 34 years specialising in the finance of property investment and development. After a grounding in Barclays Bank he was appointed a Director of Seymour Adelaide, part of the London & Manchester Insurance Group offering structured finance for the construction industry. In 1991, Richard formed his own consultancy, The Property Funding Agency Ltd. He has also lectured on the subject of commercial property finance to land management students and CPD Courses.

Philip Gould | Head of Credit

Philip Gould - Proplend Head of Credit

Philip is a credit risk professional with experience covering both the UK and Western Europe. He spent the last 3 years focussed on evaluating property investment and development transactions in amounts ranging from £5m to £50m. Philip holds a MSc in Financial Economics and an MBA from CASS Business School.

Stewart Bruce | Underwriting and Credit

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Stewart has over 28 years of financial services experience, the majority of which is property specific. Most recently he worked with a P2P residential development platform, Invest and Fund. Prior to this, Stewart was at Lloyds BG spending 12 years in retail banking followed by 12 years in commercial banking, specialising in providing commercial and residential investment and development finance.

David Houpapa | Product Manager

David has over 15 years experience in financial services working across multiple industries in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has an extensive operational and IT background and has delivered multiple projects for property finance and banking institutions. He is a qualified Business Analyst and Project Manager.

Ben Butterworth | Lender Relations

Ben Butterworth - Lender Relations

Ben is a financial sales professional with over 10 years’ experience in both the financial and property markets. He spent six years at IG Index culminating as Retail Sales Manager. Over the next three years he was Head of HNW & Corporate sales for Ayondo Markets and AFX Capital Markets before switching to property in 2013 where he was Business Development Manager for Consulco Finance, a privately funded principal bridging lender.

Andrew Wood | Investor Relations

Andrew Wood - Investor Relations

Andrew has 15 years’ sales, marketing and business development experience primarily in asset raising roles covering IFA’s, Wealth Managers and Intermediaries as well as the smaller Private Banks. He has worked for a number of Boutique Fund managers throughout his career and has successfully developed the business and raised in excess of £150M. Andrew has built up his own buy to let property portfolio and speaks fluent French and German.

Richard Coleman | Marketing

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Richard has 15 years’ financial services experience, with a background in high net worth corporate and group pensions. During that time, he spent six years managing a range of SSAS investments including commercial property and borrowing. In 2007 he helped develop Legal & General’s new Group SIPP proposition, leading his servicing team through a period of significant growth, before transferring his technical expertise to digital product marketing in 2009.

Kate Heal | Accounts

Kate Heal - Accounts

Kate has 20 years’ experience as a PA, in finance and property management of her own and other clients’ portfolios. Kate was instrumental in the development of the Proplend Client Money Accounts and their day to day management.



Next Steps

Call 0203 397 8290 to speak to a member of a team or take a look at our contact page for more ways to get in touch.

Need some help registering as an Lender, opening an IFISA, funding your account or investing in loans? – ask for Ben or Andy.

Questions about commercial borrowing and submitting a borrowing enquiry? Call 0203 637 8418 and speak to Stewart, Phil or Richard Berkley.