Job title: Finance Director 

Date joined: 
April 2003

Role: As finance director Simon oversees all financial aspects of the company and is responsible for the company accounts and taxation as well as looking after the payment of staff salaries. Simon also deals with compliance issues and with corporate finance for the business as well as assisting brokers to research, interpret and present financial information on more complex mortgage transactions. 

Simon frequently writes blogs to keep staff and investors up to date on trends in financial markets.

Experience: After successfully completing a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Cambridge, Simon qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. He then made the move to BDO Stoy Hayward where he became a partner in the corporate finance department. 

Prior to joining Mortgages for Business in 2003, Simon also took on the role as finance director at a numerous companies including a printing business, a television production company and a medical equipment supply company. Simon has also undertaken various consultancy projects advising overseas state broadcasting companies on financial systems and reporting.

Favourite film: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut


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  • What the Spring Budget 2017 means for landlords



    On the face of it Mr Hammond did not do anything specifically to help (or harm) the buy to let sector or the wider housing market. However, he did make a couple of changes that will affect landlords who operate their portfolios either in a personal capacity or via a limited company…

  • Stamp Duty FAQs



    Simon Whittaker answers the most commonly asked questions around SDLT - including information on mixed use properties and non-residential Stamp Duty rates.

  • Pay more interest now, save more tax later…



    Simon Whittaker takes a look at buy to let stepped mortgage rates and explains why you might be better off taking out a step-down rate instead of a step-up from a tax perspective.

  • More clarity required from PRA on BTL underwriting proposals



    In the latest of a string of Government crackdowns affecting the buy to let mortgage market, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a consultation paper (CP11/16) in March proposing stricter underwriting standards in a bid to prevent the market from overheating.