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Meet the Team

Delivering for our partners and clients can only be achieved through working together as one team. Below are some of the people supporting you at Brilliant Solutions. Get in touch. Click on any Brilliant team member to obtain their contact details.

Senior Management

Matthew Arena

Managing Director
07808 922383

An entrepreneur that enjoys working with brokers and lenders alike.  A big advocate of tech & good consumer advice. 

Matt loves Italian food, sport and comedy.  He tells us he cycles in his spare time...  He has 3 children but Brilliant is his 4th!   

Michael Craig

Sales Director
07912 581123

Our relationship with brokers is second to none thanks to Michael’s dedication.  Only Brilliant will do, giving us an edge when building relationships. He is experienced & focused on creating opportunities. 

When time allows, Michael enjoys his time with his wife & 3 children or watching football, supporting the Mighty Reds (Nottingham Forest).

Lee Parkin

Head of Operations
07920 127247

Previously with HSBC and L&G, Lee joined the Brilliant family in 2016. Lee said "Always learning, this role gives me the opportunity to develop".

Swansea City FC is a passion for Lee. He is a family man who wants his children to have a role model who is striving to be the best he can be!

Sally Miles

Head of Lending
07983 437629

A mortgage expert focusing on lender relationships and service levels. Sally has worked in mortgages with lenders & intermediaries and in the prime, specialist and commercial areas.

Sally's spare time is spent at home with family or at the Norfolk coast. She supports her local primary school and is a true chocoholic.

The Sales Team

Ivan Vizor

Senior BDM
07725 488839

Ivan is an experienced mortgage professional.  He has spent many years with the business and it's not only brokers that love working with him, the team here at Brilliant HQ love having him around.  

Ivan has a Brilliant sense of humour and a fantastic understanding of the specialist sector. Don't mention Man City... 

Chris Howse

Sales Manager
07540 505520

Chris joined Brilliant in 2017 after amassing 14 years experience in Sales. Chris says "I found my calling in mortgages and Brilliant is by far the best home".

Chris is a keen sports enthusiast, particularly football (Cheltenham Town & Blackburn Rovers). Antigua will always be his go to place, holding many special memories!

Donna McIntosh

Relationship Manager
01480 702108

Donna has been in the financial industry since 2002 doing various roles, such as BTL Broker, Office Manager, Life Insurance to the Armed Forces, Office Administrator & A Divisional Coordinator. 

Donna said "Now that I am a Relation Manager I can apply what I have always enjoyed, and that is, building up good relationship with Brokers". 

In Donna's spare time she enjoys spending time with her 6 Grandchildren.  She also loves great Action Movies, with a Nice Cognac and a bag of wotsits.

TBC

Sales Executive

We are recruiting for an opportunity to be a Sales Exec here at Brilliant.  Get in touch and find out how we can help you make the most of your skills and drive your career forward. 

The Marketing Team

Grazia Caracciolo-Pool

Marketing Manager
01792 277 555

Grazia has been Brilliant for years, supporting the Sales & the Board. 

Full of energy & ideas, any marketing has been the perfect place for her creativity to run riot!  Photography is an obsession for Grazia who is also a lover of Ferrari, hats, gadgets & everything Italian!

The Operations Team - 01792 277 555

Darren Pointer

Team Manager

A specialist mortgages man since 2005, moving from admin to placement, then underwriting and now managing the Brilliant team. Darren has always enjoyed specialist mortgages, helping those who believe buying their dream property is unreachable.

Darren enjoys socialising with friends and family, gaming and playing and watching football whenever he can. 

Kieran Barnden

Bridging & Commercial Specialist

Kieran joined Brilliant Solutions in 2018 and has enjoyed his time in Bridging & Commercial ever since.

He is a big football fan and follows his beloved Swansea City.  Kieran likes to relax to some classic Britpop with his 3 chihuahuas. 

Kieran is always there to help and feels there is no job too small and certainly no job too big!

Drew Sage

Bridging & Commercial Specialist

After 20 years in construction Drew joined Brilliant in early 2019.  Drew has always been interested in financial services.  Drew quotes "This role gives me the chance to put my knowledge to a different use in our bridging, development and commercial team".

Drew enjoys spending time with those around him, Formula 1, golf and reptiles too. 

Justin Thomas

Bridging & Commercial Specialist

Justin has spent over 30 years in financial services qualifying with Nationwide Building Society, holding national business development roles within the commercial sectors for High St Banks. Justin possesses numerous industry qualifications. Justin brings experience, knowledge to further develop the Brilliant brand and proposition.

In his spare time Justin also has a passion for motorbikes and good food & wine. He is a lifelong supporter of Cardiff City FC. 

We're recruiting! TBA

Bridging & Commercial

We are recruiting for an opportunity to work in our dynamic Team here at Brilliant.  Get in touch and find out how we can help you make the most of your skills and drive your career forward. 

Nicky De-Freitas-Viera

Secured Loans Specialist

Nicky has previously been in banking for 10 years with Lloyds then TSB.  Nicky has always been motivated by great client outcomes and finds working with brokers on secured loans really rewarding.

Nicky enjoys spending time with his wife and children and loves good food, especially accompanied by a few drinks.

Andrew Cannon

Secured Loans Specialist

Having spent 13 years working in finance, primarily specialising in personal loans, Andrew always had an interest in the Mortgage sector and joined Brilliant in early 2020. Andrew enjoys working with brokers and developing relationships.

Andrew is a true football fan and a long-suffering Newcastle United supporter. He also loves music and playing the guitar.

We're recruiting! TBA

Secured Loans Specialist

We are recruiting for an opportunity to work in our dynamic team here at Brilliant.  Get in touch and find out how we can help you make the most of your skills and drive your career forward. 

Seanean Parkhouse

Packaging Specialist

Seanean has worked in the financial industry since 2016 and particularly enjoys the specialist mortgages sector.  Seanean said it is because it allows her to build relationships with both lenders and brokers and really make a difference.

In her spare time, Seanean enjoys spending time with her family and her pug, Daisy.  

Cushla McCabe

Packaging Specialist

Cushla has been in finance since 2015 but particularly enjoys her role at Brilliant, as a mortgage specialist.  Cushla said "it allows me to build strong & lasting relationships with colleagues and brokers".

When not working Cushla is at the gym or spending time with her daughter who is her pride and joy.

Luke Edwards

Packaging Specialist

Luke is originally from Nottingham and has spent the last 10 years working in E-Commerce but has always wanted to work in finance. Luke attained his CeMAP in 2020 and has not looked back since!
He particularly loves his role at Brilliant as it allows him to build strong relationships with colleagues and clients.

Luke spends his spare time either surfing, snowboarding, cycling or watching F1.

Sue Morgan

Broker Support Administrator

With a background in property and portfolio landlords, Sue’s passion in the business is to build strong and lasting relationships with clients and to help them achieve their dream.  Sue says "Each day working at Brilliant brings something new, it’s a vibrant place to work and there is a great sense of achievement and teamwork amongst colleagues… All to the benefit of our amazing clients".

Sue always loves a challenge and in her spare time is aiming to follow in the steps of the great Sue
Barker at a game of tennis, but something tells her this one might not be achievable by any shot!

We're recruiting! TBA

Packaging Specialist

We are recruiting for an opportunity to work in our dynamic Team here at Brilliant.  Get in touch and find out how we can help you make the most of your skills and drive your career forward. 

TBA

Broker Support Administrator

We are recruiting for an opportunity to work in our dynamic team here at Brilliant.  Get in touch and find out how we can help you make the most of your skills and drive your career forward. 

TBA

Broker Support Administrator

We are recruiting for an opportunity to work in our dynamic team here at Brilliant.  Get in touch and find out how we can help you make the most of your skills and drive your career forward. 

Finance & Compliance - 01792 277 555

Andrew Beech

Compliance Manager

Andrew has had a varied career in Financial Services since 2011 including Business Development, Personal Banking, Operations and Mortgages before joining Brilliant in 2019.

Andrew can be found cheering on his beloved McLaren F1 team or doing Van Gogh impressions although his 'masterpieces' won't fetch such a price!

Teg Purssell

Finance Executive

Her main responsibility is processing proc fees, this includes approving express payments. Teg is constantly improving her skills and knowledge.

As an amateur foodie she is always happy hearing new tips and tricks.

Ieuan Harvey

Finance Executive

Ieuan has recently joined the finance team at Brilliant Solutions after graduating from Swansea University where he studied Accounting and Finance. 

Outside work he enjoys keeping active including cycling, climbing and also spending time with friends.

We're recruiting! TBA

Finance Executive

We are recruiting for an opportunity to work in our dynamic team here at Brilliant.  Get in touch and find out how we can help you make the most of your skills and drive your career forward. 

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