Masthaven announces promotions and expansion of leadership team

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Masthaven Bank has continued to strengthen and diversify its leadership team with the announcement of the promotions of Shelley Connelly and Sabahe Mrizag to Director level.

Shelley Connelly, former Head of Underwriting, has been promoted to Director of Mortgage Lending. In her new role, she will be responsible for the strategic direction of Masthaven’s residential and buy-to-let mortgage lending activities, whilst continuing to oversee the day-to-day running of lending operations.

Sabahe Mrizag has been promoted to Director of Business Information. She’ll be responsible for the strategic direction of Masthaven’s Business Intelligence and Data Analysis Function, from driving the single source of truth to leading on the importance of data quality and maximising the use of data and analytics to provide insight into business operations.

These latest promotions reinforce Masthaven’s commitment to championing female talent. The Bank launched its Women in Leadership programme in 2020 in partnership with WDI Consulting, with an aim to shape leadership strategy and ensure women are represented at all levels. The programme provides a support network in the form of a close community of female leaders and involves weekly live webinars and individual coaching. Masthaven is also soon to roll out an emerging female leadership programme which will continue to strengthen the pipeline.

Tricia Halpin, Chief People Officer at Masthaven, said:
“Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Masthaven has been committed to investing in its people and strengthening our team as we deal with heightened demand. Shelley and Sabahe’s promotions are testament to this and I’m confident that with their experience and knowledge, they will make a huge contribution to our leadership team and help us achieve further success.
“It’s also brilliant to see the benefits of our Women in Leadership programme. Prioritising diversity and inclusion is vital and is a driving factor behind strong business performance. We’re delighted to celebrate female talent and it’s great to see concrete results from the programme.”
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About Masthaven Bank
Masthaven launched as a retail bank in 2016 and offers award-winning saving and lending products. Prior to that, Masthaven Finance has provided a flexible and personalised approach to bridging loans and secured lending since 2004.
Today, the bank’s knowledgeable and experienced specialists are committed to providing customers with flexible and fixed term savings accounts, bridging loans, development finance and mortgages. 
Masthaven was recognised as 2020’s Most Innovative Digital Retail Bank UK by CFI, the third consecutive win for the category. Masthaven won Best Second Charge Mortgage Lender in the Your Mortgage Awards 2018/19 and Customer Service of the Year in the Money Age Mortgage Awards in 2019. It was also awarded Best Specialist Lender in the Moneynet Personal Finance Awards 2019. 
Masthaven Finance has featured in 2015’s The Sunday Times’ Virgin Fast Track 100 (at number 81) and the bank ranked 240 in Financial Times’ FT1000 list published in 2017. In 2020 it featured in Forbes as one of the top 10 fastest growing companies in the UK.
The bank is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority.