Bridging lender Octane Capital has hired Francesca Woodhouse as business development manager.
Francesca Woodhouse joins from Avamore Capital, where she was a senior business development manager. Prior to that, she worked at Clydesdale Bank for 11 years in various roles, ranging from credit analyst and private client specialist to business development manager. She started her career at HSBC.
Woodhouse said: “I network a lot and speak to new people in the industry each day and whenever Octane cropped up in conversation everything said about them was always really positive.
“Coupled with the fact that they are offering a unique pricing model and are already lending in significant volumes, my interest was piqued and so here we are.
“I’m now focused on working alongside the rest of the sales team to get the Octane brand in front of even more brokers and make the third generation the default setting within specialist lending.”
Octane has expanded from an initial team of three to 16 – with more senior hires to be announced soon as it continues its rapid growth strategy.
Mark Posniak, managing director at Octane Capital, added: “Francesca is a fantastic addition to our rapidly growing business development team and I have total confidence in her ability to hit the ground running.
“She is well-known in the industry, highly respected and, with her background in credit analysis, immediately got her head around the way we price for risk.
“Now that we have branched out into mainstream bridging, we expect a lot more interest from brokers and with her private client experience Francesca is the ideal person to help us accommodate that demand.”