Virgin Money appoints Calder as head of secured lending

The lender says industry veteran Calder will be responsible for growing its mortgage business, offered directly and through intermediaries in the residential and rental markets. He takes up his new duties in January.

Calder comes from Barclays, where he worked for nine and a half years, as Head of Mortgage and Intermediary Products, Head of Product Development, as well as Intermediary Relationship Management teams.

Previously he worked at NatWest for just over six years, stepping down as head of mortgages – book before in July 2012, and before that he worked at Alliance and Leicester for three years, leaving as director principal of marketing – mortgages and insurance in June 2006.

Hugh Chater, Commercial Director of Virgin Money, said: “Craig brings significant specialist experience and expertise to the Virgin Money commercial team. I am convinced that he will accelerate the transformation of our mortgage business.

Virgin’s Calder adds that “the lender’s brand strength, market position and future plans provide a great opportunity to help customers at an important time for the mortgage industry.”

Last month, Virgin Money announced it would introduce an eco-friendly rewards program for existing residential and rental customers.

Its Green Reward scheme gives customers a £250 rebate when they take out an additional loan to make green improvements to their homes, encouraging them to make sustainable choices.

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