Christie Cook

Glenhawk hires head of product after launching new regulated bridging offering

Glenhawk has appointed Christie Cook (pictured above) to the newly created role of head of product.

Christie will be responsible for launching new products and enhancing the existing unregulated commercial and residential and regulated residential product ranges.

She will work closely with key stakeholders, including Glenhawk’s institutional and intermediary partners, to develop and deliver product propositions, devise strategies and support marketing campaigns to maximise margin and distribution opportunities.

She will be based in London and will report directly to Guy Harrington, CEO at Glenhawk.

Christie joins the specialist lender from Bank of Ireland, where she spent nine years, the last five of which she was head of product and pricing. 

Her previous roles include service manager at post office financial services and offsite operations manager at Lehman Brothers.

“Bucking the trend, Glenhawk has continued on its upward growth trajectory, despite the challenges of the last 12 months,” Christie said.

“With the support of two global institutions and a favourable market backdrop, I am excited by this opportunity to lead the business in providing borrowers with an increasing range of market leading products.”

Guy added: “Having spent the first quarter of this year refining our product proposition, we have exciting plans to expand our offering beyond the bridging space over the next 12 months. 

“This reflects increasing borrower appetite, underpinned by the more traditional forms of financing unable or unwilling to provide borrowers with the services they require, which has seen [us] enjoy a record month of lending, a fantastic achievement given the current backdrop. 

“Christie’s success over 20 years speaks for itself, and her understanding of the real estate lending stakeholder landscape will be vital as we look to enhance our existing product offering and accelerate the roll-out of new products. 

“At the same time, her familiarity with institutional style practices will be welcome as we continue to mature as a business.”

Christie’s appointment further bolsters the senior team at Glenhawk, following the recruitment of Jamie Pritchard as director of sales in February to oversee its UK expansion, and the promotions of Damani Johnson to COO and Nick Hilton to managing director, which were announced in January.

It follows Glenhawk’s best-ever month of lending with a record amount of completions registered, as the easing of lockdown restrictions and the stamp duty holiday underpinned borrower demand, alongside the launch of a new regulated bridging product last week.

The new product offers:

  • Interest rate from 0.59% per month
  • 70% LTV
  • Joint representation

In October, Glenhawk launched its first regulated bridging product for borrowers looking to secure finance against their primary residence, marking its entry into the UK homeowner loan market.

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