Martin Gilsenan

Martin Gilsenan to retire from exec role at Atelier

Atelier’s chief originations officer Martin Gilsenan (pictured above) has today (10th May) retired from his executive role at the business.

Martin joined the development lender four years ago following a significant executive career, which included sales director roles at Christian Candy’s Omni/Fortwell Capital and specialist lender Money Partners, which was acquired by Goldman Sachs.

Martin has been integral in establishing Atelier as a leading development finance lender for SME property developers across the UK, contributing significantly to the growth and success of the company.

Commenting on the announcement, Martin said that working alongside the rest of the executive team to establish Atelier as a leading non-bank development lender had been “hugely rewarding”.

“It’s quite a collective achievement against the backdrop of Covid and the aftermath of the Mini-Budget,” he added.

“Having spent 30 years working within the specialist finance sector, I can honestly say the Atelier way of working is truly unique.

“The transparent and consistent approach to structuring loans and delivering with certainty really means no one does it better.

“The business is on the cusp of further great things but, for me, the time is right to step back from a full-time executive position and have a little more time for the world beyond work.”

Chris Gardner, CEO at Atelier, commented: “It has been an honour to work alongside Martin over the last four years.

“He has played an instrumental role in establishing Atelier as a top tier lender to SME property developers. 

“Martin’s ability to build relationships and teams to get to the heart of a deal and work collaboratively to structure the best terms for his clients means he leaves behind a legacy of excellence that will continue to inspire us as we move forward. 

“His passion for challenging the industry to up its game will be missed. 

“We wish him all the best in the future as he steps away from executive duties.”

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