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Find out about our professional and experienced team - who they are and how they can help you.

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    Oliver Peace CeFA, DipFA
    Managing Director

    Our Managing Director and founder of James Leighton Financial Services, Ollie is a mortgage specialist with more than a decade of experience.  In his...

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    Oliver Peace CeFA, DipFA

    Managing Director

    Our Managing Director and founder of James Leighton Financial Services, Ollie is a mortgage specialist with more than a decade of experience.  In his spare time, Ollie enjoys cooking and spending time with his family and Border Terrier, Riley.

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    Iwan Price
    Director of Integration and Telemarketing.

    Iwan has overall accountability for the smooth running and coordination of all three divisions of JLFS: Telemarketing, Operations and Commercial.

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    Iwan Price

    Director of Integration and Telemarketing.

    Iwan has overall accountability for the smooth running and coordination of all three divisions of JLFS: Telemarketing, Operations and Commercial.
    In his role as Director of Telemarketing he has accountability for the productivity and quality of output of the Telemarketing Team.

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    Michelle Chesney
    Director of Operations and Company Secretary

    Michelle joined JLFS in January 2014 having worked in the Financial Services sector since 2004. As Director of Operations, Michelle has overall respon...

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    Michelle Chesney

    Director of Operations and Company Secretary

    Michelle joined JLFS in January 2014 having worked in the Financial Services sector since 2004. As Director of Operations, Michelle has overall responsibility for the Mortgage Advice, Protection Advice and Case Handling Teams.

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    Sharon Weston
    Commercial Director

    Sharon had 15 years prior experience in Financial Services before joining JLFS in 2011.  Now in her recently appointed position of Commercial Directo...

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    Sharon Weston

    Commercial Director

    Sharon had 15 years prior experience in Financial Services before joining JLFS in 2011.  Now in her recently appointed position of Commercial Director, Sharon has helped the business grow and develop into what it is today.

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    Sarah Hill
    Head of Operations and Research & Development Manager

    Sarah has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of all Operations departments and ensures that all pipelines are progressed according t...

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    Sarah Hill

    Head of Operations and Research & Development Manager

    Sarah has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of all Operations departments and ensures that all pipelines are progressed according to the highest standards.

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    Dan Meldrum
    Telemarketing Support Manager

    Originally hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne, Dan wanted to find a job after graduating from DMU and has been in the Financial Service sector ever sinc...

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    Dan Meldrum

    Telemarketing Support Manager

    Originally hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne, Dan wanted to find a job after graduating from DMU and has been in the Financial Service sector ever since. Describing himself as a Criteria Guru, Dan works amongst the Qualifiers and offers support and training. When he’s not at work Dan enjoys music production and drinking craft beers.

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    Lili Wickstead
    Qualification Manager

    Lili has been the co-manager of the Qualification team since 2019, she enjoys being a part of the customer’s house-buying journey and helping them t...

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    Lili Wickstead

    Qualification Manager

    Lili has been the co-manager of the Qualification team since 2019, she enjoys being a part of the customer’s house-buying journey and helping them through what could be potentially be a very stressful time, and tries to make it as pleasant and streamlined as possible.

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    Craig Pepper
    Head of Compliance and Customer Relations

    Craig has been in the financial services industry since 2002 and has a wealth of Mortgage experience in both an advisory and supervisory capacity....

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    Craig Pepper

    Head of Compliance and Customer Relations

    Craig has been in the financial services industry since 2002 and has a wealth of Mortgage experience in both an advisory and supervisory capacity.

    His role as Head of Compliance and Client Relations is to ensure the firm and advisers are operating within industry guidelines and liaising with our network Quilter Financial Planning. Outside of work Craig enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen runner.

     

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    Lydia Thacker
    Case Handling Manager

    Lydia’s role of Case Handling Manager makes her accountable for delivering a flawless journey for every client from the moment they have an appointm...

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    Lydia Thacker

    Case Handling Manager

    Lydia’s role of Case Handling Manager makes her accountable for delivering a flawless journey for every client from the moment they have an appointment with an Adviser, right through to the day that they complete. Lydia and her team are also responsible for providing fantastic customer service.

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    Victoria Scott
    Qualifications Manager

    Victoria joined the qualifying team in February 2019 and has recently transferred her skillset to her new role of Qualifications Manager. Toget...

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    Victoria Scott

    Qualifications Manager

    Victoria joined the qualifying team in February 2019 and has recently transferred her skillset to her new role of Qualifications Manager.

    Together with Lili, the Qualifying team are the first point of call for anyone wanting to purchase their own home. Victoria’s team will go through the affordability checks, and if the customer is purchasing a newbuild property, they will get them into a position to reserve their new home. When she’s at not at work, Victoria enjoys spending time with her husband and their Chinese rescue dog Yan Yan.

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    Stephanie Robins
    Digital Marketing Manager

    Joining the company in May 2019, Steff manages all our social media platforms, often creating unique content, as well as managing the company’s inte...

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    Stephanie Robins

    Digital Marketing Manager

    Joining the company in May 2019, Steff manages all our social media platforms, often creating unique content, as well as managing the company’s internal marketing including charity fundraisers and staff outings.