Graham Wellesley

Wellesley & Co

Starting work in the City in 1985, Graham Wellesley has seen his fair share of changes in the industry. He has been not just an observer of change but also a driving force. His company Wellesley & Co, founded in… Read More

Dan Smith

Fortwell Capital

Having lent over £1 billion to date, Fortwell Capital ‘continues to successfully partner with borrowers as the real estate lender of choice,’ says executive director Dan Smith, who provides leadership to the firm’s team of specialists from their London office… Read More

Islay Robinson


Islay Robinson launched Enness in 2007 with co-founder Hugh Wade-Jones — the same day Northern Rock collapsed. ‘In hindsight perhaps not the best time to set up a mortgage brokerage, but things have turned out okay,’ Robinson attests. In truth,… Read More

Steve Smith

Greenfield Capital

A founding member of Greenfield Capital, chairman Steve Smith founded retail chain Poundland and grew it into a household name with an annual turnover of £186 million before selling in 2002. He has focused on property and entrepreneurial opportunities ever… Read More

Andrew Robinson

Arc & Co

The Arc & Co group, headed by Andrew Robinson, is a specialist asset finance advisory firm based in Mayfair, London. Robinson ensures that each client benefits from the breadth, and not just the depth of the company’s debt knowledge and… Read More

Arthur Jennings

Fortwell Capital

Head of development finance at principal lender Fortwell Capital, Arthur Jennings is responsible for the management of the firm’s loan book, including origination, risk, marketing and underwriting. The company combines ‘an agile and entrepreneurial approach with the professionalism and high… Read More

Ashley Ilsen


‘We’ve been around for 80 years, so we [can] apply decades of development and property knowledge to what we do,’ says Regentsmead’s head of lending and chief marketing officer Ashley Islen. ‘That’s really what sets us apart from everyone else.’… Read More

Joshua Elash

MT Finance

Joint managing director Joshua Elash saw an opportunity for an alternative way of raising cash before founding MT Finance in 2008. He previously worked for a large European real estate investment fund based in Paris before he saw the markets… Read More

Christian Faes


Touted as a ‘revolutionary step in property fundraising’ at its launch in 2013, LendInvest has already won over ten per cent share of the short-term mortgage market. It has turned a profit four times in its four years of trading… Read More

Stephen Burns

Adapt Finance

Adapt Finance is a ‘mortgage broker and estate agent rolled into one’, as co-founder Stephen Burns has previously told Spear’s. The London- and Manchesterbased, six-strong firm stakes its ambitions on offering HNWs hands-on service and attention to detail when it… Read More