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A team you can trust

Your people are your business, which is why we invest in ours.

Our people are passionate about what they do. Behind the scenes we are building strong, solutions-oriented teams to meet the needs of our customers.

And just as important as talent and teamwork is leadership. Our executive team hails from senior positions in the financial services, property and mortgage worlds.They bring expertise and years of experience with them, working together to run a sharp, efficient business.

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Executive team

Christian Faes

Co-Founder & Chief Executive

Christian started his career as a real estate lawyer in Australia with Allens Arthur Robinson. He was subsequently a partner at a boutique law firm and founded a mezzanine mortgage finance business. He has also practised as a securitisation lawyer at Clifford Chance and in-house legal counsel at Deutsche Bank, both in London. In 2008, Christian co-founded Montello, the leading UK bridging finance lender, before spinning it out to create LendInvest in 2013.

Christian is a keen advocate for the fintech sector, as well as an active supporter and early investor in several startups, including Seedrs, Crowdcube, Plentific and Onfido.

Ian Thomas

Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer

A qualified chartered surveyor, Ian has many years’ experience of property valuation, mixed-use development and investment acquisitions in both the UK and abroad, previously holding senior positions at Ballymore and SEGRO. In 2013, Ian co-founded LendInvest with Christian, spinning it out of their previous business, Montello.

Ian oversees all investment strategy and decision-making at LendInvest. He is a regular speaker at property industry events, a member of the MIPIM ProTech Advisory Committee and an active investor in several PropTech startups.

Roy Armitage

Chief Credit Risk Officer

Roy has over 30 years’ experience in mortgages and retail financial services. A Fellow of the Chartered Bankers Institute, CeMAP and CeRGI, Roy spent 23 years with Halifax, before working for JP Morgan. Roy then joined Kensington Mortgages (subsequently purchased by Investec) in 2007 as Head of Risk, Compliance and Financial Crime. There, he oversaw a rebuild of Kensington’s credit risk and underwriting framework, helping it become one of the UK’s largest specialist residential and buy-to-let lenders.

Roy is responsible for LendInvest’s credit policy, underwriting and loan servicing, and he chairs our Credit Committee. He leads the development of our risk infrastructure, ensuring robust systems and controls are in place to protect the business and our customers.

Rod Lockhart

Head of Capital Markets & Fund Management

A qualified chartered surveyor, Rod spent more than 10 years at CBRE where he was a Senior Director in its corporate finance division. There he advised UK and global institutional fund and pension scheme clients on direct and indirect real estate investments, including unlisted funds, REITs, joint ventures and real estate debt. Before joining LendInvest, Rod worked with us for a number of years, advising on our Real Estate Opportunity Fund.

Rod now heads up our capital markets and funds teams.

Angelie Panteli

Chief Financial Officer

Angelie is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser and has extensive experience in roles across both large global listed businesses and more recently, fast growth technology businesses. Prior to joining LendInvest, Angelie was at Blippar, the world leading augmented reality technology company.

Angelie heads up our finance team and is a member of LendInvest’s Board of Directors.

Ruth Pearson

General Counsel

Ruth has many years of legal experience, having joined Simmons & Simmons in 2007 and becoming a senior lawyer in the firm’s banking team. During her time in private practice, Ruth advised a wide range of financial institutions and borrowers on various domestic and cross-border banking, real estate and acquisition finance transactions. She also spent time on secondment to the real estate restructuring team at RBS and the syndicated loans team at SEB.

Ruth has built up our in-house legal function, working closely with all teams to provide strategic advice and help the business realise commercial opportunities.

Johnathan Ransom

Chief Operating Officer

Johnathan started his career at CBRE, before spending 6 years working in funds management for Invesco Real Estate and GPT Halverton, helping create and manage pan-European property investment funds. Moving then to EY, he advised property companies, investment fund managers and sovereign wealth funds on operational performance, technology, regulation and risk. He also co-founded LoanBook Capital, an online marketplace lender of working capital finance to SMEs.

Johnathan joined LendInvest in 2015 to explore strategic initiatives and partnerships, before becoming COO in 2017. He now oversees the rollout and implementation of all aspects of company strategy.

Matthew Tooth

Chief Commercial Officer

Matthew qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, and then worked at an investment bank before spending 15 years with IG Group, in which time he held senior management positions covering risk management, finance, sales and business development. During his time at IG Group, the company evolved from a small privately owned UK business to a FTSE 250 financial technology leader with 1,400 staff.

Matthew joined LendInvest in 2015 and is responsible for the sales and marketing channels for the lending side of our business.

Board of Directors

Christian Faes

Co-Founder & Chief Executive

Property lawyer in Australia, and then securitisation and corporate lawyer in London with Clifford Chance and Deutsche Bank.

Ian Thomas

Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer

Chartered surveyor with property development and management with SEGRO Plc and Ballymore Group.

Mattias Ljungman

Non-executive director

Partner at Atomico, the £1 billion investor that’s backed huge European successful stories like Skype, Klarna, and Rovio.

Angelie Panteli

Chief Financial Officer

Chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser with experience in roles across both large global listed businesses and more recently, fast growth technology businesses.

Senior Advisors

Stephan Wilcke

Senior advisor to the executive team

Former Executive Chairman of OneSavings Bank and former CEO of HM Treasury’s Asset Protection Agency. Now Commissioner of the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

Niall Wass

Senior advisor to the executive team

Focused on executing strategies at fast-growth businesses for long-term scalability. Former executive at Uber and Betfair, responsible for significant business transformation and growth strategies.