Meet The Team

As we work with clients all over the UK, we process many Mortgage & Insurance applications via email and over the phone, meaning that we often never actually meet our clients face-to-face.

This doesn’t affect the high levels of service we offer, if anything, it helps to speed up the application process. We still remain the highest mortgage advisers in the UK on Free Index.

We would like to introduce you to the team, so you can put a face to the name of the people who are working hard behind the scenes to process your mortgage application.

Meet Our Team:

Directors

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    Jon Stones

    Managing Director

    Joined Mortgage 1st – I launched Mortgage 1st in 2008 and have worked hard over the years to build the company to what it is today.

    History – I joined the financial services industry in 2001, prior to that I had many jobs including supermarket shelf stacker, travel agent and call centre worker. My first job in the industry was as a financial advisor for Co-op Bank. I left there in 2003 to join a firm of independent mortgage advisors where I stayed until 2008 when I left to set up Mortgage 1st.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time with my young family and watching Sunderland (attempt) to play football!

    Contact mejon@mortgage1st.co.uk

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    Lisa Stones

    HR & Marketing Director

    Joined Mortgage 1st – April 2015

    History – After studying Fashion Marketing at University, I secured my first job as a Manager for Topshop Retail in 2004. Then in 2008 I left to launch my own Wedding Planning Company. During this time I also worked alongside a Boutique Hotel as one of their wedding coordinators and ran training courses specialising in business start-up and event management. I joined Mortgage 1st in 2015 to support my husband Jon with the day-to-day running and management of the company.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Looking after our young children, shopping or pottering around at home!

    Contact melisa@mortgage1st.co.uk

  • Mark Wilkins

    Business Development & Sales Director

    Joined Mortgage 1st – December 2017

    History – I started my career by joining the student training programme of one of the UK’s leading retailers in the early 90’s. Spending the next 15 years working in a variety of leadership roles with a primary focus on driving business efficiency before leaving to help launch Mortgage 1st in 2008. I then went on to have numerous senior management positions and develop my own successful business before returning to Mortgage 1st in 2017 to help the business reach its ambitious future goals.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time with my crazy family, socialising with friends, travelling, and if I have any spare time left playing golf.

    Contact me – mark@mortgage1st.co.uk

Mortgage & Protection Advisers

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    David Fearn

    Mortgage & Protection Adviser

    Joined Mortgage 1st – November 2014

    History – I have 10 years work history in financial services, starting at Halifax then moving on to Lloyds Bank. I then went to be a Mortgage adviser for one of the large estate agents in the UK before going self-employed and joining the team at Mortgage 1st.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Exploring the Great outdoors.

    Contact medavid@mortgage1st.co.uk

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    Kevin Pierce

    Mortgage & Protection Adviser

    Joined Mortgage 1st – May 2015

    History – I have worked in Financial Services for 20 years as a Financial Advisor with Co-operative Bank, RBS and Lloyds. I also have 5 years’ experience working at a national estate agent as a Mortgage Advisor.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – With my 6 year old son George and my wife Sarah. We enjoy spending time in Cornwall and try to visit every school holiday. I enjoy collecting limited edition art prints and play the guitar badly!

    Contact mekevin@mortgage1st.co.uk

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    Edward Peters

    Mortgage & Protection Adviser

    Joined Mortgage 1st – June 2016

    History – I’ve worked in financial services since 1986 including spells in London and in Asia. Since returning from Tokyo in 2013 I’ve specialised in arranging Buy-to-Let Mortgages.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Canoeing on the Norfolk Broads with my wife, or finding a hilly part of the country for some hiking.

    Contact meedward@mortgage1st.co.uk

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    Megan Smith

    Mortgage & Protection Adviser

    Joined Mortgage 1st – November 2016

    History – I joined Financial Services before getting my A Level results over 13 years ago. I qualified as a Mortgage and Financial Adviser before I was 20 and have been in Financial Services ever since. I spent time working in Banks and Building Societies as both a Mortgage and Financial Adviser. Prior to joining Mortgage 1st I was managing a Mortgage Brokers but I missed the direct relationship with clients and joined Mortgage 1st to begin advising again.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me  Abroad! I like to travel to new places; one of my favourite places so far has been visiting my brother who lives in Australia. I don’t like to be out the country for too long though as I love spending time with our puppy Barkley.

    Contact memegan@mortgage1st.co.uk

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    Andy Lunn

    Mortgage & Protection Adviser

    Joined Mortgage 1st – November 2016

    History – I have worked in the Financial Services industry since 2001 when I joined Abbey National as a cashier, 15 years later after various roles with Abbey/Santander which included Mortgage Adviser and most recently Regional Mortgage Manager, I decided to join up with the team at Mortgage 1st.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – watching Nottingham Forest & running my Sunday league football team. I also enjoy weekend city trips abroad.

    Contact meandy@mortgage1st.co.uk

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    Natalie Ellis

    Mortgage & Protection Adviser

    Joined Mortgage 1st – October 2017

    History – I have worked in financial services for the last 15 years as a Mortgage Advisor for Halifax, Lloyds & Bank of Scotland. I have worked throughout the UK at various locations in both branch & call centre. The part I love most about my job is that I thrive on helping people.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – With my 6 year old twin daughters Charlotte and Aimee, and my husband Chris. We enjoy a variety of sports as a family, love eating out and travelling. I support Sheffield United Football Club.

    I have a long love of running and spending time raising money for local charities and our school.

    Contact me – natalie@mortgage1st.co.uk

  • Imran Mirza

    Mortgage & Protection Adviser

    Joined Mortgage 1st – January 2018

    History – I have worked in the Financial Services industry since 1995. I joined Lloyds Bank as a Financial Adviser and have since worked in various National Business Development & Senior Management positions. In 2016 I was a Branch Director at Santander, before moving to Swinton Insurance as an Area Manager until December 2017. As I’ve always enjoyed helping people plan for their future aspirations, I decided to join the Mortgage 1st team to help clients with the biggest purchase of their lifetime.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Doing volunteer work in the community and spending time with family & friends socialising or taking holidays abroad.

    Contact me – imran@mortgage1st.co.uk 

  • Mark Brear

    Mortgage & Protection Adviser

    Joined Mortgage 1st – May 2018

    History – I have worked in financial services since 2010 when I joined Santander as a banking adviser. I then became a mortgage adviser with Santander in 2014 after gaining my qualification and worked in their flagship branches around Derbyshire. In 2016 I decided to become self-employed and worked out of local estate agents as a mortgage broker before joining the successful team here at Mortgage 1st.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending quality time with my young son Harrison, wife Marie and our dog Olly. Enjoying a drink with my friends, slogging my way around a golf course and still trying to play football at 40! I am also a fan of Sheffield United FC for my sins!

    Contact me – markbrear@mortgage1st.co.uk

  • Tania Clarke

    Mortgage & Protection Adviser

    Joined Mortgage 1st – August 2018

    History – I have been working in the financial services sector since 1998 as a Financial Consultant and Mortgage Advisor for both Derbyshire Building Society and Lloyds Bank. More recently working as a Mortgage Broker for the past 2 years. I am excited to be part of the Mortgage 1st team!

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Providing a free taxi service for my 2 children!

    I enjoy spending quality time with my family, socialising with friends, travelling and visiting new places.

    Contact me tania@mortgage1st.co.uk

Mortgage Processing Department

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    Carly Montisci

    Head of Mortgage Processing

    Joined Mortgage 1st – August 2016

    History – After finishing my A levels I worked for an Estate Agents working on new home developments. Following this I began work at a local Football Club, initially within the commercial department before moving into event coordination. In 2005 I focused solely on weddings, working as a business consultant and wedding planner for various venues over the next 10 years. In 2015 I left the Wedding Industry and joined the Alzheimer’s Society for a short time as a Services Administrator, before joining the team at Mortgage 1st in 2016.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me –Enjoying time with my son Josh and my family. I enjoy the simple things in life, good company, nice food, good wine, walks in the countryside, reading and relaxing, which I have finally remembered how to do!

    Contact mecarly@mortgage1st.co.uk

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    Lucy Boler

    Para Planner

    Joined Mortgage 1st – October 2013

    HistoryPrior to joining Mortgage 1st, I worked for a Risk Management & Driver Training Company for 13 years.  I had various roles within the business including Training Co-ordinator and Sales & Marketing Administrator before moving to the Accounts department.  I left in 2013 and worked as a self-employed book keeper before joining Mortgage 1st in October 2013.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find meOut and about spending time with my husband and 2 children.  We love eating out, walking the dog and trying to keep fit!

    Contact melucy@mortgage1st.co.uk

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    Sarah Cave

    Mortgage Processor

    Joined Mortgage 1st – March 2016

    History – Since leaving school I have worked within the child care industry at a number of day nurseries gaining qualifications along the way. My latest role was as a senior supervisor at a play centre within a holiday park, after a number of years I realised I enjoyed the ‘paperwork’ side of things more and decided a change in career was needed…. This is when I joined the administrations team at Mortgage 1st

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time with my husband and daughter, baking cakes and being creative with crafts.

    Contact mesarah@mortgage1st.co.uk

  • Hollie Kilraine

    Mortgage Processor

    Joined Mortgage 1st – March 2017

    History – I have worked in the financial service industry for the last 10 years, starting with the Co-operative Bank and working my way up to Branch Manager and then moving to the Money Advice Service as a Money Adviser.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time with my little boy, my partner and our 2 dogs and going to visit our family in Spain.

    Contact mehollie@mortgage1st.co.uk

  • Beverly James

    Mortgage Processor

    Joined Mortgage 1st – January 2018

    History – I have 32 years banking experience with TSB, Lloyds TSB and Lloyds in various retail roles including Personal Banking Adviser, Mortgage Adviser, Assistant Bank Manager and Manager. I have had the pleasure of working in various support roles including Internal Verifier, trainer and PA to the Area Director. I left the Bank in September 2016 and took a well-earned break before joining Mortgage 1st in early 2018.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time with my daughter and two granddaughters. I have a love of gymnastics and follow the GB team around the country and abroad either attending as a spectator or as a judge

    Contact me – beverly@mortgage1st.co.uk

  • Becky Evans

    Mortgage Processor

    Joined Mortgage 1st – January 2018

    History – Before joining Mortgage 1st, I worked for a kitchen company doing the administration for a short time. Prior to this I worked for a well-known high street store, beginning as a Christmas Temp and working my way up to become store manager.  I had had my eye on a job at Mortgage 1st for quite a while, so when the opportunity came up I didn’t want to miss it!

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time with my young daughter and partner, socialising, reading, and trying to catch up on much needed sleep!

    Contact me – becky@mortgage1st.co.uk

  • Ashleigh Linacre

    Mortgage Administrator

    Joined Mortgage 1st  – May 2018

    History – I have worked in the retail industry in various roles for nearly 4 years both in the UK and in Australia during the year I spent there with my partner. We returned home to the UK early 2018 then after a holiday to Cyprus where we got married I joined the team at Mortgage 1st as a Mortgage Administrator.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time socialising with family & friends. My husband and I like to eat out and enjoy a glass of wine!

    Contact me – ashleigh@mortgage1st.co.uk

  • Ethan Noakes

    Apprentice Mortgage Administrator

    Joined Mortgage 1st – August 2017

    History – After finishing my GCSE’s just this year, I was keen to get into the financial industry. I was offered an apprenticeship at Mortgage 1st and knew it was the perfect opportunity. I decided to choose the business administration route initially and I hope to progress within the industry as my knowledge develops.

    When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time with my family & friends and watching the mighty Chesterfield play football.

    Contact me – ethan@mortgage1st.co.uk