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Hampshire Trust Bank, the specialist bank, has announced the appointment of three experienced new underwriters in its Commercial Mortgages team.

Jude Miranda, Kris Siva and Robert Mynott will underwrite business across all commercial mortgages disciplines.

Hampshire Trust Bank, which launched into the commercial mortgages sector earlier this year, provides structured specialist lending for SMEs, trading businesses and investors, offering bridging and term finance secured against buy-to-let, semi-commercial and commercial property.

Colin Bell, Managing Director of Commercial Mortgages at Hampshire Trust Bank, said: “Jude, Kris and Robert are welcome additions to the Commercial Mortgage team. As a former mortgage broker myself, I recognise how important speed and efficiency are in this sector and having a dedicated team of underwriters will enable us to further develop and enhance our service to the intermediary sector.

“We have been extremely well received by the market and are delighted to say that we are ahead of plan for completions and are building a strong pipeline of deals. We believe that our focus on service and delivery sets us apart from the crowd and are excited about the future growth of the team.”

Hampshire Trust Bank currently offers four commercial mortgages products – Buy-to-Let & Commercial, Bridging finance, Refurbishment Finance and Development Exit Finance – with loan amounts from £100,000 to £10m.

Prior to joining, Jude was a Lending Manager at Shawbrook Bank. He said: “I have joined the Commercial Mortgages team near the start of its journey and have a chance to have a real impact and help shape the way forward, that’s extremely compelling. The bank understands how important it is for brokers to work with underwriters that truly understand the market and can reshape and restructure deals to fit an individual’s needs, rather than simply take a tick box approach.”

Talking about why he decided to move to Hampshire Trust Bank, Kris, who previously worked as a Mortgage Advisor at TSB Bank, said: “I was looking for career progression. The chance to join a reputable organisation that has just established its mortgage division was too good an opportunity to miss. We are building a strong underwriting team with a firm focus on customer service.”

Robert, who previously worked as a Credit Manager at Metro Bank, said: “I am looking forward to developing my career in a smaller but growing specialist challenger bank. I believe that our sector expertise and willingness to take a holistic approach will help to set us apart.”

For more on Hampshire Trust Bank’s Commercial Mortgages team visit www.htb.co.uk/commercial-mortgages