Alternative lender Glenhawk has expanded with a series of hires including a new finance director.

Naeem Tabassum finance director Glenhawk

Naeem Tabassum is one of five new hires at Glenhawk

The company commenced lending in early 2018 having capitalised on private capital to rapidly build a pipeline in excess of £30m, including eight new loans closed in the last four weeks.

It has now made five new hires to support this growth, as follows:

  • Naeem Tabassum as finance director, who previously held financial controller positions at Pivot Lending and Lendinvest
  • Damani Johnson as compliance manager with over seven years compliance related experience gained at alternative lending platform Oakham
  • Gabriella Powles as head of marketing who has over 10 years’ property marketing experience in the UK and US, working for clients including Candy & Candy and Blackstone
  • Ky Benjamin and Tom Tailby as underwriters joining from Lendinvest and Masthaven respectively

Founded by property developer Guy Harrington, the lending group has the backing of non-executive director Harry Hill, the former chief executive of Countrywide and founder of Rightmove.

Harrington said: “One thing I have learnt from Harry is people with a passion for what they do will deliver. We have spent a number of months researching and acquiring the right people both experientially, but more importantly who genuinely understand property finance and the need for speed, transparency and professionalism which will translate to our clients.”