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Brightstar Financial is delighted to announce the promotions of three new department heads as it repositions its team to push for continued growth in 2017.

The specialist distributor has undergone a transformative year where it is refocusing the business on meeting new opportunities in specialist property finance.

The three promotions are Darren Perry, Paul Debney and Jeff List who will head up second charge mortgages, commercial finance and buy-to-let respectively.

They join Gina Blagden who was moved up to head of residential mortgages and William Lloyd to operations director earlier this year.

The business now has five department heads;

  • Darren Perry is head of second charge mortgages and unsecured loans
  • Paul Debney is head of commercial finance
  • Jeff List is head of buy-to-let
  • Gina Blagden is head of residential mortgages
  • Kit Thompson is director of short term lending

Darren Perry has been promoted to head of second charge mortgages. Darren joined Brightstar with 12 years industry experience in the financial services industry, having worked for London Scottish Broking, The Ideal Loan Company, Barclays Bank, Spicerhaart Financial Services and Easy Loans.

Paul Debney has been promoted to head of commercial finance. Paul joined Brightstar in December 2015. He joined the team as an experienced Commercial & Corporate Banker, and has worked in the UK finance sector for both HSBC & National Australia Bank for over 30 years. He is a specialist in the trading business arena, and is well versed with both Invoice & Asset Finance.

Jeff List has been promoted from buy-to-let consultant to head of buy to let. Jeff joined Brightstar in July 2013 and has over 18 years’ experience in Financial Services having worked as an insurance broker, mortgage advisor, mortgage business development manager and most recently as a bank manager.

Brightstar created a new buy-to-let department earlier this year to stay ahead of market and regulatory trends as the sector becomes more specialist.