At Aspen our team of professionals are here to give you an excellent service from start to finish.

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Ed Ahrens


Ed co-founded Aspen in 2017 and prior to that has 30 years' experience within speciality finance with up to £20 bln under management.

This included Director roles at Vanquis Bank, Head of Operations at Barclays Bank and being part of the founding team of Abbey National Direct.

Jack Coombs

Managing Director jackcoombs@aspenbridging.co.uk

Jack co-founded Aspen in 2017 after working alongside Ed as Group Development Executive at S&U and prior to was part of the PwC Valuations. Jack holds an MA (Oxon) and is ACA qualified.

Jack is also an avid supporter of charity and swam the Channel from England to France in 2011 in 13 hrs and 46 mins to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research & Mondo Challenge.


Rory Cleary

Head of Sales rory@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07549 211 342

Rory joins Aspen with 13 years of experience in sales, entirely within UK Mortgages & property finance.

He was most recently Senior Business Development Manager at MT Finance where he contributed to a major growth period from 2020 to 2022, before which he was Business Development Manager for the London area at Precise Mortgages which saw similar impressive performance from 2016 to 2020.

Rory’s role is to drive & grow the Aspen sales team. Ultimately to achieve our ambitious originations growth plans, through his expansive broker network.

Steve Gregory

Business Development Manager Steveg@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07716 098 079

Steve joins Aspen as the Southern Business Development Manager with over 10 years sales experience, including over 5 years at Castle Trust Bank.

It is Steve’s role to promote Aspen to both new and existing brokers and ensure they have a good understanding of our products.

Saif Khalique

Head of Underwriting saifk@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07922 577 541

Saif joined Aspen with a Bsc in Business and Management from Aston with a background in refurbishment and property investment.

Saif has now visited numerous sites and projects and has the best completions ratio’s in the Aspen underwriting team.

Laura Randall

Senior Underwriter laurarandall@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07708 487 674

Laura is our latest recruit and comes to us after 6 years in the Warwickshire police with a BSc in Psychology from Aston university.

Laura is going through our full training programme and is already a fully supporting member of the underwriting team.

Richard Tweddell

Senior Underwriter richardt@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07716 098 076

Richard has joined Aspen after completing his BA (Hons) in Financial Management from the University of Portsmouth. He brings with him a strong background in property finance and refurbishment.

Richard is currently undergoing our full training program within our lending team.

Aqib Iqbal

Credit Manager aqibiqbal@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07783 770 390

Aqib has joined Aspen after completing his LPC & MSc in Law, Business and Management from The University of Law. Prior to this, he obtained an LLB from Keele University and has a background in property refurbishment and investment.

Since joining Aqib completed his first case working in lending within 9 days. He is currently going through our full training programme within our lending team.

Sinead McMurray

Senior Credit Analyst sineadm@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07701 398 599

Sinead has joined Aspen whilst completing her BSc in Business Economics at Coventry University.

She is currently undertaking our full training program within our lending team.

Richard Coombs

Credit Analyst richardcoombs@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07515876963

Richard joined with a degree in Economic & Politics from Bristol university after working in Fin Tech.

He brings personal experience of development and is part of both the underwriting and credit team.

Richard is in the 4th generation of Coombs’ to work at S&U and is excited about helping Aspen become an ever more significant part of the group.

Wasif Khan

Underwriter wasifsaddiq@aspenbridging.co.uk

Wasif joined Aspen having completed his undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics and a Master’s degree in Investment Analysis at Aston University.

Wasif has undergone our comprehensive training program within the lending team equipping him with the skills to complete cases.

Finlay Yilmaz

Underwriter finlay@aspenbridging.co.uk

Finlay joined Aspen after completing his BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Management at Loughborough University.

He is currently undergoing our full comprehensive training program to equip him with the relevant skills required for the Underwriter role.

George Leonard

Underwriter georgel@aspenbridging.co.uk

George joined Aspen after completing his BSc in Mathematics at the University of Bristol.

He is currently undertaking our full training program within our lending team.


Wayne Hicklin

Risk Director waynehicklin@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07712 431 134

Wayne is an invaluable founding member of the Aspen team and has over 25 years' experience in the specialist finance industry both as a broker at GE and Promise and now as a lender at Aspen.

In addition, Wayne has excellent experience in development projects and has self- built and refurbished a range of properties and is the key driver of our new light development product.

Stephen Hickman

Senior Risk Assessor stephenhickman@aspenbridging.co.uk

Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in the specialist finance industry in brokers and lenders at GE Money and One Savings Bank. At One Savings Bank he was nominated for underwriter of the year in 2018 at the Bridging and Commercial and Crystal Finance Awards.

Stephen is now a Senior Risk assessor at Aspen. In addition, Stephen has experience of his own personal heavy refurbishment development project and also helped build a house in South Africa with the charity Habitat for Humanity.

Kyle Thompson

Recoveries Manager

Amir Yasin

Risk Assessor amiryasin@aspenbridging.co.uk
Mobile: 07783 771 078

Amir joins Aspen with a first-class law degree from Aston University and 2 years working as a Litigation Executive in a leading law firm.

Amir undertakes numerous site visits to appraise lending proposals, while engaging with key stakeholders throughout the life cycle of the loan.

Da Suyotha

Risk Assessor aphatsara@aspenbridging.co.uk

Da has joined Aspen after completing her Masters degree at the University of Derby.

She has completed our training within our lending team and is currently undertaking our full training program within our Risk and Recoveries team.


Martyn Everitt

Team Leader & Digital Marketer martyneveritt@aspenbridging.co.uk

Martyn joined Aspen in 2019 with a degree in Computer Gaming and Programming and has since worked on diverse projects, both front and back-end, using VB.net, JavaScript & CSM.

Martyn also produces our advertising & marketing projects using a range of Adobe applications.

Jonathan Caddy

Senior Developer jonathancaddy@aspenbridging.co.uk

Jonathan is a motivated, driven Software Engineer with 20+ years of experience on large scale software systems and with particular VB.net experience.

Jonathan takes pride in and responsibility for his work with the aim to always exceed standards.

Evan Simpson

Developer evansimpson@aspenbridging.co.uk

Evan has a worked in IT for many years covering a number of roles and has strong skills in coding and the creation of specifications.

Evan joins Aspen at a time of innovation and development and is as excited about his new career direction as we are to have on board his expertise!

Phil Barber

Finance Manager philbarber@aspenbridging.co.uk

Phil has joined Aspen after working for 9 years as a financial accountant. He holds a BA in Accounting & Finance and is ACCA qualified.

He is responsible for the accounts and day-to-day running of the Aspen finances. Although a new industry for him, he is enjoying learning about the specifics of the bridging market and is keen to apply his knowledge to help Aspen grow.

Poonam Shubh

Finance Assistant poonamshubh@aspenbridging.co.uk

Poonam has a great background in Finance and is a key member of the Aspen payouts team.

Poonam is responsible for processing invoices, payroll and assisting with accounts and data required for audit.


If you do have any enquiries please do get in touch with us.

Aspen Bridging
No. 2 Stratford Court, Cranmore Boulevard, Solihull, B90 4QT

Telephone Number: 0845 318 0001
Email: enquiries@aspenbridging.co.uk