Underwriting

Beth Empsall

I joined Pure in October 2016 as an Underwriter, I’m really enjoying the team dynamic and how busy the business is becoming. I live in Wakefield and in my spare time I volunteer at The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract as a receptionist. I enjoy watching documentaries and spending time with my family & friends. Yes, I really am that interesting.

Julie Slinger

I joined Pure in June 2015 from Barclays. There is good atmosphere and great teamwork, I feel that everyone is working towards the same goals and have enjoyed being involved in the IIP project. In my spare time I love going to the cinema, eating out and watching Liverpool FC. I have just started a dance exercise class, l love beach holidays and have booked to go to Santorini this year.

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.

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.

Catherine Spinks

What I love about Pure is the fact I look forward to coming to work in the morning! The atmosphere in the office is busy, but no one is ever too busy to help each other, or have a joke and a smile. I particularly like how upper management continually keep us in the loop and want us to have our say, and the fact they listen to and have faith in our ideas to make the business even better. When I’m not at work I will probably be found walking around the Yorkshire Dales (or taking a break from the walk with a nice pint!) I also dabble in creative writing but haven’t had time to write my great novel yet.

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.

Simone Fisher

The great thing about Pure Retirement is that they care about their employees and provide help and support in order for them to progress further down the path they wish to take. My role is to help new Underwriters from a mixture of professional backgrounds to flourish and grow within their own role, delivering my own experience and knowledge in order for them to strive as confident underwriters at Pure Retirement. While I’m not at work I enjoy pioneering walks with my dog finished off with a nice cold beer and some good food. Travelling to new places and going to gigs. I also dabble in a little bit of running (mostly to counteract the Food & Beer).

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.

Mark Denton

Pure Retirement is a very customer focused company, that delivers exceptional results and service, by investing heavily in its people and culture. I truly enjoy working here, feel appreciated and can confidently approach senior management with ideas and be taken seriously. I enjoy the challenges and rewards people management brings and feel that Pure allows me to really achieve my potential through a great support network.

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.

Sonia Alam

I have worked in financial services most of my working life and have been underwriting for a number of years. All of the team at Pure retirement are very friendly and the company work ethic is very people focussed – whether that be customers or colleagues - which is fantastic. When I’m not in the office I love to travel and attend car shows/track days to get my adrenaline fix!

Rachel Peatfield

I have worked in mortgages at a high street bank for 4 years and joined Pure Retirement in June 2018 to seek new challenges and use my existing knowledge to be part of such a fast growing business. I am part of the brand new completions team and I enjoy the different tasks the role has to offer and being part of a new and exciting team. In my short time within the company I have already seen what a friendly and welcoming business it is to work for and I am excited about my future within the company. In my spare time I am usually found rushing around after my 10 month old daughter and taking her to groups or if I am lucky enough to find some free time, I enjoy going out for meals and trying new restaurants.

Carl Lewis

I recently joined Pure in June working in the new Mortgage Completions team. So far I have enjoyed my time here and what I have learnt, everyone has been very helpful and friendly. Over the last few years I have worked in a number of roles within the financial services industry and I am looking forward to continuing my development with Pure. Outside of work I like to play football, watch Blackburn Rovers as well as any football. I also enjoy taking my dog out for a walk and going for a drink with the wife.

Cora Hanley

I’ve recently just joined pure retirement on the new completions team. Before here I worked in the re-mortgage department of QCAs Solicitors. Pure have been really welcoming and helped settling in very easy. Outside of work I’m normally with friends or at the pub!

Natasha Peach

I previously worked in a mortgage brokers and have recently joined the completions team. It is lovely to become a part of such a close and warm work environment where everyone is friendly and nothing is any trouble. In my spare time I enjoy going out with my friends for some good food, lots of wine and occasionally enjoy the odd few gym classes.

Catherine Dwyer

Although I only started with Pure in August 2017, I have been in the Banking and Finance Industry for (well!) over 30 years - primarily in Secured Lending - with Lloyds. 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 this 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.

Shazia Najib

Since joining pure retirement as a property underwriter, I was made to feel welcome and part of the team. Everyone here is very friendly and always willing to help, it’s a great company to work for. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my beautiful daughter as well as spending time with family and friends.

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