Ian Pickering and Ritchie Watson

Together snaps up ex-Aldermore manager as development head

Specialist lender Together has announced the appointment of a new head of development funding.


Ian Pickering (pictured above, left) has joined Together from Aldermore – where he served as property development manager – following the promotion of his predecessor Ritchie Watson (pictured above, right) to lending director.

Ian brings with him over 25 years of experience in bridging, underwriting and commercial recoveries, including a previous spell as customer solutions manager at Together between January 2012 and September 2013.

Ian said: “Together is enjoying strong growth and I am really pleased to be heading up the development funding team.

“Having worked at Together previously, I know the business well and have a broad understanding of all areas of commercial lending.

“One of the things that drew me back to the business was Together’s commonsense approach, as it’s very different to the mainstream finance providers, which can often be quite constrained in the commercial space.”

Ritchie will now be responsible for larger transactions of between £500,000 and £10m, covering all sectors of commercial and residential property, land and development in the UK.

Ian’s appointment is the latest in a string of commercial enrolments at Together and follows the addition of two new commercial managers earlier in the week.

Marc Goldberg, commercial CEO at Together, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Ian back to the business and know his extensive experience will be a great asset.

“Our commercial growth plans span all areas, including development finance, and we’re looking forward to working with even more commercial customers to deliver the funding they need for their development projects.”

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