Meet the Team

Sovereign Range Competition

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*First 50 respondents will win a prize, T&Cs available on request

Paul Carter

I’ve worked in the financial services industry for over 33 years, with the last 19 of those years focussed on the equity release industry. My experience in the equity release sector originally derived from distribution in both the Direct and Intermediated sales channels, but soon grew to include lending, training, marketing, call centre management, product development, financial management, and business acquisition. I spent almost four years delivering my own training course advising the equity release sector, bringing hundreds of IFA’s and advisers into the market and equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. I regularly write articles on the opportunities within this market and speak at industry events. I’m also a member of the Equity Release Council board as well as having an industry blog in Mortgage Strategy magazine. Outside of Pure, you may find me out on my boat, holidaying at my house in France or skiing with family and friends, I do like to keep myself busy!.

CEO

Suzanne Latimer

I have been with Pure Retirement since day one and have thrived on seeing it grow from 3 of us in a room back in 2013 to nearly 50 of us now in our own bespoke offices. I love the values we have set and the culture which we all embody. Outside of work I like to travel to places like Thailand and hopefully going to see the Orangutans in Borneo soon. I do like the odd glass/bottle of wine too!.

Operations Manager

Joanne Shippey

I have worked in HR since 2003 and have loved every minute of it! I find the world of HR challenging, constantly evolving, engaging and very rewarding. Working alongside and in collaboration with our CEO, the Senior Management Team and Managers across the business to deliver the people strategy is my day to day, and dealing with the variety of personalities and work styles is very rewarding. Our culture is the best I have worked in which comes from the top down. It allows for autonomy in your role and to really input and shape the business and to shine in your career. Outside of Pure, you will find me either on a yoga mat or on the tennis court, both of which allow for a good balance in my life.

HR Manager

Ed Halliwell

After university I attended the College of Law before joining Barclays Bank Plc to handle their complaints just as the endowment selling scandal hit in the late 90’s. I then joined Cavendish Equity Release, one of the few equity release intermediaries in UK and Reversionary lenders in the UK at the time. After this I joined Pure in June 2015 and I am committed to making the compliance regime in Pure transparent and approachable. In my spare time I would like to have hobbies but I spend most of my time playing taxi for my three children and unblocking the shower plughole due to hair blockages. A pass time made all the more horrific as it reminds me of my own lack of hair. I recall the 80’s and 90’s and therefore have a distant recollection of when chart music was good.

Head of Compliance and Risk

Simon Hayton

Why do I travel over a hundred miles a day across the Pennines? Because working at Pure is worth it. From the top down we’re passionate about what we do and how we do it. Most importantly, we do it with integrity. I’ve worked nearly 20 years in Financial Services across processing, administration, sales, underwriting and operations for both brokers and lenders and there aren’t many companies like Pure. What do I do? Ultimately, I try to; add value wherever I can, improve processes, maintain systems, give guidance, answer the difficult questions, support innovation, and play more guitar. When I’m not working you’ll find me in my home city of Manchester either rehearsing with my band “Voodoo Cartel”, mixing the odd cocktail or out and about seeing live music.

Head of Technical Services

Rachel Pease

The great thing about my role is that it’s so varied – always lots going on to get my teeth into, and I get to indulge my creative side which is great. In my spare time I use any excuse to socialise, from games nights to gin club to a Yorkshire take on Come Dine With Me. I also like to take advantage of Leeds great theatre shows and travel as much as I possibly can – unlikely to fit in a visit to every country in one lifetime but I can try!.

Head of Marketing and Communications

Chris Flowers

Working for Pure Retirement is like no other company I’ve worked for, it has a great atmosphere and is like one big family. My role involves being the face of Pure in the South, meeting brokers and helping them find solutions for their clients. This role means a lot of driving, so this means when I am not working I enjoy nothing more than putting my feet up watching a bit of reality TV or in the gym running off the alcohol from a night out with my friends. I think my colleagues would describe me as loud, challenging, knowledgeable and dedicated.

Head of Distribution

Alan Dugdale

I have worked in the equity release sector for 19 years and am very passionate about the industry. I joined Pure in November 2014 - a few months before launch, when there was only a handful of us and it’s been great to see the company flourish and grow into an multi award winning established lender. I very much enjoy the interaction that I have with all customers from the one man bands to large specialist intermediaries and clubs. When not working, I enjoy walking, golfing and am a passionate Burnley FC fan.

Head of Business Development North

Jonathan Simpson

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and served in a number of executive leadership roles across a range of sectors including private healthcare, marketing and financial services. Prior to this, I spent several years as Finance Director of laser eye surgery provider, Ultralase, overseeing a period of aggressive growth that took the business from a valuation of £30m in 2005 to a £175m private equity acquisition in 2007. I’m excited to work for a company that continually pushes the boundaries to ensure that the customer remains at the heart of everything we do. There is never a dull moment and it is never a case of that’s the way it has always been.

Financial Director

Darren Bradley

I’ve been at Pure just over a year and I’ve enjoyed being part of such a vibrant, growing business. I’m a qualified accountant, worked in numerous finance roles in companies large and small and I’m responsible for preparing all manner of financial information for the business. Outside of work I’m the proud father of a little girl (aged 3) so I like nothing more than a trip round a park, zoo, soft play in order to tire her out. My other interests involve going to see live music, football (Leeds United) and a bit of travelling.

Financial Controller

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