David Whittaker, Managing Director, Mortgages for Business
A colourful figure within the mortgage industry, David is renowned for telling it like it is. He established Mortgages for Business in 1990 and has grown the company into a successful independent brokerage which regularly wins prominent industry awards. This year, Mortgages for Business won the title of Buy to Let Broker of the Year for the fifth year in a row.
David’s knowledge and experience of property investment finance is unsurpassed, as such, he is frequently asked to speak to landlords, brokers and lenders about the shape of the market. Journalists are also interested in what he has to say and is often quoted in both the national and trade press. A believer in setting standards, David was instrumental in establishing the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) in 1992 and has twice been its president.
David is also the managing director of lending brand Keystone Property Finance which offers a variety of different finance options to both residential and commercial landlords backed by funding from Aldermore Bank, Paratus AMC and Together Money.
At the Business Moneyfacts Awards 2009, David’s work within the mortgage industry was recognised by a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by writer, presenter and comedian Sandy Toksvig.
Tony Gimple - Tax & Succession Planning Specialist
Tony Gimple has a varied and interesting background with experience gained in Loss Adjusting, the Military, Financial Services, Consulting, Insurance Broking and Law. He has worked for leading companies including Legal & General, American Express, Towergate, Chancery Law Group and Bowling & Co Solicitors (a Leading Legal 500 firm where he was Estate Planning Director).
He has a wide range of cross-sector executive experience as well as being the subject of a Cranfield MBA thesis on entrepreneurship. An active networker with many high-level contacts, Tony is an accomplished public speaker and has written for professional publications and national newspapers, often being asked for comment as a thought leader.
A natural leader, organiser and communicator, Tony is known for his creative and original freethinking and his ability to motivate and mobilise people to achieve their goals.
Dave Princep, An Independent Housing Consultant
Dave was instrumental in establishing, and currently Chairs, the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) & UK Landlord Accreditation Partnership (UKLAP). He has over 31 years’ experience of working in the private rented domestic sector (PRS). His current work includes advising and training on property standards, landlord tenant issues, health and safety and sustainability issues and he is an adviser to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). Dave has been involved in energy efficiency and sustainability for several years and chairs the PRS Working Group on energy efficiency and chaired the Government’s working party advising on the new PRS regulations to be established under the Energy Act.
Peter Littlewood – Director of Southern Landlord Association
A founder member of the SLA as well as a trainer for LLAS, Peter has been involved in the rental market since the early 80’s – so has a wealth of knowledge. Peter is anxious to rid the industry of its negative views, especially that it is full of ‘rogue landlords’. In his view there are three types of landlords:-
- those who know what they are doing;
- those who don’t, but try hard – they to be trained through LLAS;
- And those who won’t do as they are supposed to do, even if they know. They are not ‘rogues’ but criminals, and should be prosecuted. The industry does not want them.
For more info on SLA visit www.southernlandlords.org