October 21, 2014

Meet the Team: Operations

Last month we announced the merger of Montello Bridging Finance and LendInvest. Leanne was one of the first employees at Montello, initially joining the team as an administrative assistant. She has since been promoted and is now Operations Manager for LendInvest, we thought it was about time we caught up with her to find out why she loves coming to work everyday!

Hi Leanne, congratulations on your new role! You’ve been with the company for almost 3 years now, how about we kick off the interview by hearing about your experience within the industry?

I have many years experience working within financial services and, more specifically property investment. Having previously worked for a national mortgage broker and packager as well as a professional distressed property investment company. I’ve been part of the industry for some time now.

During my college years I worked at a law firm and later took on an admin, PA and trainee underwriter role at a brokerage and packager. That, alongside experience as a negotiator and case manager at an investment company, means my professional background generally lies within property transactions – so I’ve been able to gain perspective from all angles.

We agree! Can you tell us a little bit more about your role as Operations Manager?

When I joined the company, for me it was really about getting my foot in the door within a London firm. Having started as an administrator I’m proud to take on the title as Operations Manager three years later and be part of such a fantastic company.

As part of my role, I’m responsible for ensuring that the deal team is organised, and up and coming events all run smooth and efficiently – along with taking care of all sorts of things, day-to-day. Our office has grown considerably within the last couple of years, and it is important for us that all members of staff are up to date and trained regularly in order to keep our service standards high and so on.

I’m pleased to say that I genuinely love coming into work every day!

What challenges are you looking forward to tackling at LendInvest?

For me, everyday at LendInvest is different as you never know what deal, call or situation is going to hit your desk. We have new systems and the platform is always evolving, and at the same time our team is constantly growing rapidly. We thrive on service and I will continue with that mindset.

Also, keen to take a selfie of the whole office using my new “selfie stick”….

Selfie Stick

Morning coffee?

More of a tea person. However, I’m becoming a 3pm latte addict…!

Top 3 desktop tools you can’t live without?

Chrome, BlueChip, Dropbox

What tabs have you got open on your browser right now?

Gmail, Google Docs, LinkedIn

What will the next big thing on the internet be?

I think we will see more online mortgage applications, with automated processes, which in turn will minimise the amount of paperwork required to get a deal done.

…and the next big thing in finance?

LendInvest – I promise I wasn’t paid to say that 😉

Favourite secret place in London?

“The Grey Goat” LendInvest’s favourite local pub. Unfortunately I can not disclose the real name!

Claim to fame?

We were in the same nightclub as David Beckham at our last Christmas work do – Yes, David Beckham!

However, saying that, our office is in such a cool location, near the BBC Studios and the BT Tower so we’re quite often found celeb spotting!