John Charcol appoints Luke Somerset as Chief Operating Officer to support growth and drive value

Written on 24 October 2017


John Charcol has appointed Luke Somerset as Chief Operating Officer. Luke will be responsible for leading the John Charcol sales, operations and commercial teams based in Southampton as well as working closely with the wider leadership team.

Luke brings a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of mortgage expertise.  He began his career at Lehman’s and then joined Contractor Financials as Head of Administration. Following the acquisition by Contractor Mortgages Made Easy in 2015, Luke was appointed as a Board member of the Niche Finance Group to facilitate the successful merging of businesses and cultures.  As Business Development & Commercial Director, he led mortgage lender relations to provide a regular flow of exclusive and semi-exclusive deals, enhanced service levels, realised the delivery of dedicated teams of underwriters with high-street and specialist lenders, and established more than 500 introducers.

Luke Somerset said: “John Charcol has real potential for significant growth so I am very much looking forward to making my contribution to its continued success.  We have a leading proposition, a great team and exciting plans which is a massive attraction to joining the business.”

Mark Fleet, CEO of John Charcol said: “Luke is a great signing for John Charcol and his appointment reflects our growth strategy and our status as the premier mortgage broker within the UK marketplace.  His appointment also reinforces our commitment to actively invest in growing our business”.

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