Rob sits at the helm as CEO of the Brightstar Group – the UK’s largest specialist distributor of UK-based, secured property debt, producing more than £1 billion of specialist property debt per annum. Brightstar has won more than 100 national awards since 2012 including the coveted, Investor in People (IIP) Best Gold Employer (below 249 staff) in the Globe and was named The Sunday Times Best Small Company to Work For in both 2019 and 2020.
Rob is in his third decade working within the specialist lending market. He has served as Chairman of the AOBP (2013 to 2015) and was member of the AMI Industry Contact Group. Rob is a regular panellist and keynote speaker as well as being a much-respected media commentator. As a key voice within the sector, he provides support to the FCA through ongoing discussions on current and future market issues.
Rob is a five times British Mortgage Award winner and was voted Mortgage Personality of the Year at the Mortgage Strategy Awards in 2012 and won it again for an unprecedented second time in 2019.
The pride that Rob has for the group and the wider industry is clear to all that meet him. He works tirelessly to ensure we work with the best partners and recruit and retain the very best stakeholders. His passion for raising the standard of employment, education, regulation, and service is infectious. His belief that ‘you don’t get what you deserve you get what you negotiate’ has been facilitated by his larger than life personality and ability to build genuine and rewarding relationships across the industry.