Somo makes three new hires



Specialist lending firm Somo Bridging has expanded its team once again with the appointment of a new relationship director and two new underwriters.

The new starters join Somo’s growing team of relationship directors dedicated to every area of the country, as well as refurbishment and insolvency specialists.

While James has been appointed as relationship director for the Midlands and East, Salman Ali and Harvey Wood have joined as underwriters.

With a natural talent for numbers, James Brocklebank has spent his whole career in the finance sector and has spent years helping brokers find the best lending solutions for their clients.

His appointment brings Somo’s sales team to 14, with relationship directors covering every region of the UK, supporting their promise to provide a human touch to all cases and clients.

James believes in the power of face-to-face relationships so meeting with brokers, new partners and developers is a weekly priority to ensure they’re fully up to date with Somo’s products, processes and promotions.

Commenting on his new sales role, James Brocklebank said:

“Somo is a common sense lender, and, with this reputation in the industry, this helps open doors when it comes to new business.

The firm’s ability to offer competitive interest rates, structure deals to suit the borrower and tenaciously find solutions that other lenders can’t, should give me an advantage in what is an increasingly competitive and crowded market.”

Salman Ali and Harvey Wood have joined Somo as underwriters, bringing the team to 12 members under their underwriting director, Rob Johnson.

As underwriters, both Salman and Harvey will be responsible for risk assessment, risk mitigation and assessing loan applications.

Salman Ali said:

“During my six years in finance, I’d heard great things about Somo and was aware they had a fantastic reputation for their diverse product range, particularly their valuation only and second charge products.

I’ve already learnt that Somo will always try to find ways to make a loan work. I’m enjoying being part of a team that has the grit and determination to strive for the best outcome, whatever obstacles are in the way.”

Harvey Woods adds:

“I joined Somo because I’d heard great things about the lender and I’ve been given the chance to grow in my career here.

Their commitment to employee development and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth was an important factor in my decision to accept this role.

I’m very much looking forward to developing my skills and expertise while contributing to the company’s continued success.”