Property Underwriting Team

Simon Pawson

I’ve been at Pure since the beginning starting as an underwriter and moving through to a team manager and then a senior. In the space of 3/4 years I’ve seen the company grow from a close knit 4 man team in a small back office to what it is today. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved. I like to think that the spirit that was created in the early days of the company has been passed through to all the many new faces I see in the building today. Although there have been inevitable teething problems associated with the large influx of new starters I can only see Pure Retirement going from strength to strength in the future. On a personal note I have a three year old boy (Archibald) who takes up most of my time but when I do have a spare minute I’ll try and catch a Leeds game at Elland Road or a Sunday league match on the local pitches. I managed to see Black Sabbath this year on their final tour (supposedly) and am looking forward to seeing Iron Maiden and Melt Banana in the coming months. (I was born a decade to late musically) I’m always happy to help out on anything that needs doing whether this involves criteria questions management issues or lifting boxes.

Beth Lawson

I joined Pure in 2016 as an underwriter, progressing to a senior, then to an underwriting team manager. The team dynamic at Pure is great with everyone having the same goal, to help our customers and see the business succeed. In my spare time I enjoy repeatedly watching the US office, spending time with my family & friends and drinking wine.

Gavin Hancock

I’ve recently joined Pure and can honestly say that it is a pleasure to work for such a friendly company that puts the customer and staff at the very heart of everything. I’ve been an underwriter for several years and enjoy the inquisitive nature of the role. I enjoy helping customers dreams become a reality whilst also protecting the interests of Pure. When I’m not at work I have my hands full with my family which includes a very energetic 9 month old insomniac! If I do get the odd spare moment I love watching the best sport in the world, Rugby League.

Courtney Henshaw

As soon as I started at Pure Retirement I was made to feel incredibly welcome and comfortable. The team spirit is like no other place I have worked before and everyone is always happy to help. I enjoy my job role as I get to see the whole process of an application through to completion and learn new things every day. When I&rqsuo;m not at work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and I also love to sing whenever I get the opportunity.

Pippa Brown

I’m pretty new to the business and was initially drawn to the role by the diversity in the day to day activities. Since joining, I’ve seen how nice and welcoming the people here are towards me which is a refreshing change of environment from other jobs I have done. Outside of work I enjoy visiting new places with my friends and watching any one of my favourite American TV shows! I’ve also always been interested in photography and would like to spend more time developing in that area in addition to getting back into my creative writing.

Katie Storey

I started Underwriting at Pure in November 2016 and enjoy being able to see a case from start to finish and being able to get the satisfaction of seeing cases that I’ve dealt with completing and knowing that the applicants can now have that holiday of a lifetime! I would like to say something impressive such as ’I enjoy the occasional skydive in my spare time’, but I’m really not that cool... I am an avid Rugby League supporter and am a season ticket holder at the Castleford Tigers. I also love going to Florida, I’ve been 8 times already and many more planned to come.

Patrick Courtney

Having joined the company in May 2017 I am still fairly new to Pure but the office environment is very friendly and I have been made to feel part of the team. Being part of a smaller company gives me greater job satisfaction as you can see the day-to-day impact you are having. In my spare time I am usually either playing football or at Elland Road cheering on Leeds United. I enjoy travelling and I have spent a year in Australia and South East Asia.

Oliver Stockton

I Joined Pure in May 2017 Previously I was an underwriter at Barclays. I am really enjoying it here because of the great customer focus and team environment. Outside of work I enjoy socialising, signing up to sporting events and then not training for them. People comment on my magical qualities my patronus would be pickle rick.

Catherine Dwyer

I have been at Pure since August 2017 and started in the Mortgage Application Support Team. The support and training I received there was invaluable and after 16 months, I moved into Underwriting in November 2018. I have been in the Banking and Finance Industry for almost 40 years - primarily in Secured Lending - with Lloyds and other high street banks. I have also previously been heavily involved with Training and was very pleased to discover that the training here is excellent. Everyone has been so welcoming and it makes a great change to be part of a smaller growing business than being a small cog in a very large wheel. Outside of work, I am usually outside - literally. I enjoy walking, gardening and sea swimming (though the latter tends to be seasonal of course).

Egle Masiuliene

In my role as a case handler I help mortgage cases to go through to completion on a daily basis which I find very interesting and rewarding. I have 5 years’ experience in financial services and it is very satisfying to be able to apply my previous experience at my current role. Since starting my career journey with Pure I have learned a lot and met many friendly, positive, experienced and helpful people. I love how we keep things simple and enjoyable for everybody at the office. When not at work I dedicate my time to family and friends. I enjoy planning family and friends get together’s, trips and holidays.

Aram Lian

I joined Pure in September this year after working in financial services for Yorkshire Bank and The Leeds Credit Union for a combined 9 years. The growth and employee focus of Pure Retirement drew me in and want to be part of this emerging company. In my spare time I’m a huge Leeds United fan as they are probably the best team in the world and try to get to as many games as I can throughout a season.

Louise O’Brien

I’ve been with pure since August 2018 and really enjoy the friendly and calming atmosphere and the ability to manage my own workload. I’m not going to lie, the serenity scared me a bit at first but knowing that you’re surrounded by very knowledgeable and self-driven people and that we’re all working together to try and help our customers reach their goals gives the place a bit of a buzz. I have previously worked in a number of banking roles over the last 14 years, most recently dealing with clients in mortgage arrears and the legal side at Barclays. I later moved to the start of the mortgage process with First Direct offering mortgages in principle and now here in underwriting, somewhere in the middle of the two. I look forward to adding to my mortgage knowledge and feel supported by my workplace to go after my own goals.

Suzy Benson

I started working for Pure on the 11th March 2019 and so far so good. Everyone is helpful and friendly so it’s a great environment to learn in. Prior to this I was working for a high street bank dealing with insurance complaints. Outside of work my life pretty much revolves around my dog as he is the neediest animal you will ever meet. Other than that I live the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of trying to catch up with friends and watching anything Netflix has to offer.

John Pinder

I am excited to be starting my new underwriting role and I’m looking forward to making a positive contribution to my team and the company, having joined in March 2019. My first impressions of the company is that it appears to be professionally organised and forward thinking with a friendly atmosphere. I have almost 25 years’ experience in the industry, most recently as QA at Leeds Building Society. I have been involved in mortgage underwriting at LBS, FHL & YBS and spent 15 years with the Halifax in various roles. In my free time, I am actively involved as secretary of my local cricket club, where I also coach the under 9s and under 11s. At home, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, although I can also be seen tending to my tomato and cucumber plants during the warmer months!

Emma Broadbent

I have recently joined Pure Retirement, having previously worked in financial services for over ten years. It is a lovely place to work and everyone is friendly and very knowledgeable. I have seen the equity release process from the legal and advice point of view and look forward to progressing my knowledge further as an underwriter. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family as well as catching up on latest programmes or just reading a good book (exciting I know!)

Matthew Wilkinson

I have recently joined Pure Retirement, having moved to Yorkshire from Newcastle. I have previously spent 3 years as an underwriter at virgin money and I am looking forward to new challenges this company will bring. From first experiences of the company I can tell they are a forward thinking, customer focused company, who are very keen to develop employees to get the best out of them in order to help their customers. In my spare time I’ll be in the gym, on a football pitch or sometimes even in the boxing ring. When I go back to Newcastle I’m always keen to get the black and stripes back on to support the greatest team in the world.

Patrick Leese

I have 5 years of experience within the Finance industry having worked for a mortgage broker and a large high street bank. Prior to this I was a manager within the Retail, Leisure and Licensing industries. I am excited at the opportunity to join the team at Pure Retirement and my first impressions have matched my instincts from when I researched the company and met some of the team at the interview stage, that this is a company going places where I can develop my skills and career. When not working I am kept busy by my 3 daughters who are 15,13 and 11. When I do find some spare time I play tennis for Roundhay Tennis Club and am an avid reader, movie watcher and listen to music.

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