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Pure Retirement Appoint New Chief Technological Officer

17th May 2022

Pure Retirement are pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Baker as their new Chief Technological Officer. As part of his remit, he will focus on driving growth in the lifetime mortgage lender's technological capabilities, allowing for greater self-sufficiency and building a foundation on which to drive future business growth.

Leslie brings nearly a quarter of a century of experience in IT across a number of industries. This has included warehousing and logistics, CAD and other intelligent design applications, and comprehensive financial service experience via stints in the investment banking and insurance sectors.

He can count on a number of key successes during his own tenure as a software developer, during which he enjoyed an upward career trajectory that has enabled him to progress through managerial levels to his current position. As part of his experience he's managed small and medium-sized development and IT teams where he oversaw diverse teams of mixed competencies, and he has a proven track record of successfully implementing agile working methods in teams, optimising processes while improving efficiencies and productivity.

Leslie's appointment follows on from that of Eleanor Thornhill as Pure Retirement's new Chief Financial Officer, who joined last month and brought significant cross-industry experience as an accountant and finance director for several organisations. The company's ongoing growth underlines the lender's recent growth and its commitment to ensuring it remains one of the leading lights in the growing and mature lifetime mortgage market.

Speaking of his appointment, Leslie says: “The lifetime mortgage market is becoming an increasingly mainstream facet of the wider financial services landscape, and it's great to not only be a part of it, but to be doing so with one of the market leaders. There's scope to really drive both our business and wider market growth through technology, and I look forward to helping to achieve that.”

Chief Operating Officer Simon Hayton adds: “Technology is likely to be a key differentiator as the equity release sector continues to grow. As a company dedicated to using it to enhance the user journey for advisers and customers alike it's fantastic to have someone of Leslie's calibre joining the company and helping us to drive that side of the business.”

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