Our People

BlueZest’s highly experienced management team is a perfect marriage of lending specialists and technology experts. With a combined mortgage lending experience of well over 100 years, our team has oodles of financial services and technology experience and all believe that putting the customer at the forefront of decisions is the right way forward.

The BlueZest Executive Team

  • Chris Slater
  • John Robinson
  • Robert Ainscow
  • Simon Baum
Chris Slater

Chief Executive Officer

Chris is responsible for the strategic and day to day direction of BlueZest.

With over 20 years of experience in exploiting credit and marketing data, Chris brings extensive experience of the automation of mortgage application processing and customer management. Chris was a founding partner at IRP (purchased by BlueZest). He is a Chartered Systems Engineer.

John Robinson

Chief Technology Officer

John leads, develops, builds and manages all of our websites, systems and IT. He ensures the application process is tip-top for our customers.

He has 30 years of experience building and delivering credit risk and fraud decision making capabilities to lenders. John co-founded IRP (purchased by BlueZest), helping both lenders and credit bureaus to develop and enhance their data and decision capabilities.

Robert Ainscow

Director of Funding

Robert ensures we have access to the right funding to provide great products and cost effective mortgages to our customers.

A founding member of BlueZest who manages its subsidiary, BlueZest Funding Limited. Rob entered banking in 1999 and developed a strong expertise in funding and refinancing of mortgage assets at Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns and Investec Bank.

Simon Baum

Chief Risk Officer

Simon ensures we make the right decisions in the right way when it comes to credit risk and that we work with our customers responsibly.

He was Mortgage Risk Director and Deputy Chief Credit Officer at Santander. Previously Simon was Credit & Risk Director at Alliance & Leicester. He established his credit risk analytics expertise at Experian as UK Consultancy Services Director. He has an MA from Oxford.

  • Sue Colquhoun
Sue Colquhoun

Director of Risk & Compliance

Sue uses her regulatory and governance experience to ensure we always do things the right way for our customers.

She has worked in financial services for over 25 years in a legal, compliance or risk capacity. She has held Director level and FCA approved positions, has extensive experience of lending, outsourcing, and governance.

Founding Investors

BlueZest’s founding investors have been responsible for the establishment of mortgage lenders and the leadership of mortgage funding divisions at major banks over the last 25 years.

  • Steve Simpson

    Steve is an experienced investor in financial services and mortgage lending, having been an investor and board member of Pepper Home Loans during their successful UK launch.

  • Jonathan Laredo

    Jonathan was a senior executive at companies such as Bankers Trust, UBS, Bear Stearns, Rabobank, JP Morgan, Solent Capital Partners. He was an investor and board member of Pepper Home Loans during their successful UK launch.

  • Andy Clapham

    Andy brings his experience as a senior executive at several leading banks and mortgage companies including Investec, Kensington Mortgages, Rooftop Mortgages, Bear Stearns, NatWest.

  • Mark Moffat

    Mark brings his experience in the structured finance market where he was a senior executive at companies like Blackstone, Harbourmaster Capital, Bear Stearns, ABN AMRO, NatWest.

The BlueZest Team Members

  • Jayne Wesson
  • Darren Conroy
  • Oliver Slater
Jayne Wesson

Operations Manager

Jayne is responsible for overseeing our underwriting teams, managing our HR and delivering great customer service through all of our operations, processes and service delivery.

She brings over 20 years of operations management experience, including 15 years in the mortgage businesses of Alliance & Leicester and Santander. She is also an experienced Buy to Let investor and landlord.

Darren Conroy

Lead Solutions Developer

Darren leads our development team, creating innovative solutions that are changing the mortgage industry.

Oliver Slater

Solutions Developer

Oliver holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Web Design and works with the rest of the BlueZest development team to create innovative solutions to real-world business and underwriting problems.

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