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Alex Upton becomes HTB's MD of specialist mortgages as the bank reshuffles leadership team

Alex Upton (pictured above) has been appointed as Hampshire Trust Bank's managing director of specialist mortgages, as the firm unveils leadership team changes across two of its property divisions.


She will take over from Chris Daly, the bank’s former MD of specialist mortgages, who has decided to leave HTB for personal reasons to seek outside opportunities.

Alex moves from HTB’s development finance division, where she was managing director — during her tenure, she transformed the operation and recruited over 40 talented specialists within the development finance team.

Succeeding her as managing director of development finance is Neil Leich, who is currently commercial director of that division.

"I am proud to leave the development finance division in great shape – the new team is brimming with talent and capability,” says Alex.

“However, I'm thrilled to be swapping my comfy steel toecaps for my blister-inducing heels as I return to my roots in specialist mortgages to take HTB’s biggest business to the next level. 

“Close broker relationships and consistent, first-class service are the foundations of the division’s current and future strategy — [there will be] no change there.”

Charles McDowell, chief commercial officer at HTB, said: “Talent is HTB’s currency; Alex and Neil’s commitment to the bank has been fundamental to our rapid growth and their continued close collaboration will underpin HTB’s formula for success — to put both brokers and borrowers at the heart of everything we do.”

A spokesperson for HTB added: "HTB thanks Chris for his contribution to the business and wishes him well for his future career.”

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