Meet the Team

Senior Leadership Team

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!.


Suzanne Latimer

I have been with Pure since day one in 2013, and have thrived from seeing us grow from just the three of us then to over 120 of us in our own bespoke offices in 2019. I love the values we have set and the culture in which we all embody. I’m from Northumberland but have been in Yorkshire for some time, the accent hasn’t left me though! I enjoy watching Tennis, Andy Murray is my hero, and you may also find me enjoying the odd glass/bottle of wine too!

Head of Mortgage Servicing

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.

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Andrew Clare

Well, with a long career encompassing banks, building societies and solicitors, it is great to have recently joined Pure Retirement as Head of Operations. I am passionate about working for an organisation that really values people and Pure does just that. Away from work I am a real family person, and enjoy exploring the Yorkshire Dales with my family and our dog.

Head of Operations

John Wilson

I have over 19 years' financial services experience in the banking, building society and government sectors and extensive experience within mortgages, servicing, treasury (including capital markets and asset and liability management), assets sales, secured funding and migration projects. I joined Pure in 2019 and am currently is responsible for Propositions, Business Intelligence and Products.

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

Scott Burman

Hi I'm Scott and I am the Head of Distribution at Pure. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Property and Finance industry, beginning my career back in 1998. 2003 is when my career really took off, progressing into numerous different roles with Norwich & Peterborough Building Society and becoming one of the youngest branch managers in Colchester. Since then, I have worked at companies such as Lloyds TSB (as it was then) and Countrywide, working in the B2B Division before moving into the Mortgage Services Division as Divisional Mortgage Services Director for the Central and Anglia region. Away from work I live in Suffolk with my wife and 2 children who keep me very busy with various clubs and activities at the weekends and I am a follower of the Tractor Boys (Ipswich Town FC).

Head of Distribution

Leslie Baker

Chief Technology Officer

James Perkin

Group Chief Financial Officer

Lucy Cole

Head of Risk

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