Simon Whittaker

Simon Whittaker

Job title: Chief Finance Officer

Date joined: 
April 2003

Role: Simon is CFO of the Property Business Group Ltd which owns both Mortgages for Business and the buy to let let lending brand Keystone Property Finance, where he is responsible for corporate finance and strategic opportunities. He also takes the time to assist our advisers and 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 as Finance Director in 2003, Simon held the same position 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 relief for first-time buyers

    The introduction of a stamp duty discount for first-time buyers in the Autumn Budget 2017 is generally welcomed. Simon Whittaker, CFO, looks at what this means practically, for those looking to take their first steps onto the property ladder.

  • 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.

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