Meet The Team
Proplend boasts a Management team with extensive knowledge and experience of the both Property Lending and the Alternative Finance sector:
Brian Bartaby | CEO & Founder
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.
Andrew Pinfield | Head of Risk and Operations
Andrew has over 20 years City banking experience, starting as a graduate trainee at NatWest, before moving into Real Estate Finance with RBS and Citi. Andrew has been COO of a number of real estate lending businesses at RBS, covering performing and distressed loan assets, heading Risk and Analytics, Transaction Management and Operations teams.
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 which provides advice and funding solutions for property investors and developers. He has also lectured on the subject of commercial property finance to land management students and CPD Courses.
Julie Pavlick | Underwriting and Credit
Julie has spent 15 years specialising in commercial property finance both in the UK and the US. Since 2008 she worked for Bank of Ireland where she was Associate Director responsible for a £200m+ portfolio of commercial, residential and mixed use property, her duties included financial analysis, preparing credit papers, monitoring systems and workouts. Prior to this she spent four years in commercial property finance in the US for two national banks. She completed her MBA in Finance in 2007.
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 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
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 has 20 years experience as a PA, in finance and property management of her own and other clients portfolio. Kate was instrumental in the development of the Proplend Client Money Accounts and their day to day management.