Meet the Team: Amanda Lewis
We sit down with Amanda Lewis, for our “Meet the Team” series with Arbuthnot Specialist Finance (ASFL), the short-term property finance arm of Arbuthnot Latham.
What does your role entail?
As the Operations & Risk Manager, my role entails handling all internal operational work for ASFL whilst integrating the subsidiary into the wider bank. This covers everything which keeps the lending business running day-to-day. This includes optimising and maintaining the end-to-end processes & procedures and managing the lending, technology, compliance, and audit functions within the team. Risk-wise, I ensure that key controls are identified, and activities are in place to assure their effectiveness.
As of June 2021, what trends are you seeing in the Specialist Finance market?
The market has adapted to new ways of working during the past year in the face of the pandemic. Fintech is growing, and changes can be seen in guidance from the likes of the Law Society, Land Registry and Legal firms. One notable change is the use of digital technology in identity verification, client onboarding and electronic signature witnessing.
What would you say is noteworthy about Arbuthnot Specialist Finance?
ASFL benefits from being a subsidiary of a long-established private and commercial bank. We have consistent & reliable funding, and the business has been built around the ethos of the Arbuthnot Latham name. We aim to build long-term relationships with clients and introducers, bringing Arbuthnot Latham’s relationship led service to the bridging market.
Are there any personal or professional highlights so far this year for you?
I implemented our cloud-based origination system, nCino. This delivered operational efficiencies to the business by reducing lending timescales, providing increased operational transparency, and enhancing collaboration through the facilitation of centralized data, allowing for data intelligence and reporting across ASFL.
Finally, do you have any hobbies/interests outside of your role?
My family are slightly extreme dog lovers, and we have six to keep us busy and active. They have helped to keep me sane during the past year of lockdown and restrictions.
At Arbuthnot Specialist Finance Limited we have the ability to provide a full range of real estate finance solutions for transactional, refurbishment and development projects throughout mainland UK.
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