Our Team

Experienced, pragmatic and motivated to lend

Introduction

Our name is only as good as our team’s reputation. That’s why we value the experience and integrity of our team so highly; there’s simply no substitute to these qualities when it comes to understanding our borrowers’ business and meeting their needs. It’s also why when we say ‘yes’, we won’t let you down and if ever if we say ‘no’, we won’t leave you hanging. And despite our tech credentials, this is a relationships business at heart; so each case is evaluated on its own merits by people motivated to say yes, rather than algorithms designed to say no.

Management Team

Luke Townsend

Founder & CEO
+44 (0)20 7650 1801

Luke’s career began working for several media giants, including: Clear Channel, Dow Jones, GWR and latterly AOL-Time Warner. Having received numerous industry accolades, Luke went on to establish and back a number of tech related start-ups whilst simultaneously developing prime real estate in London. His frustration with the service he received from banks during this time led him to create Zorin Finance. Luke has personally funded over 150 real estate loans and equity investments and continues to head Zorin as CEO and principal shareholder.

Benoit Vanpoperinghe

Chief Operating Officer
+44 (0)20 7650 1813

Benoit has over 19 years experience in commercial real estate finance, securitisation and capital markets, having previously held positions at Barclays, Morgan Stanley and Fitch Ratings. Throughout his career, Benoit has held roles in real estate finance, including real estate loan origination and execution in UK/Europe, real estate loan underwriting and credit analysis. Benoit was previously trading real estate backed bonds at Barclays, as well as managing a portfolio of legacy bonds and structuring real estate fixed income securities.

Andrew Scotting

Head of Lending
+44 (0)20 7650 1802

Andrew has over 25 years experience within the real estate finance industry, having previously held positions at Pluto Finance, Heritable Bank and Investec. Andrew has structured hundreds of real estate transactions both in the UK and Europe and has extensive expertise in the stretched senior debt and mezzanine finance sectors. In addition to his excellent loan origination and relationship management skills, Andrew is a seasoned credit risk analyst with a strong background in distressed debt work-outs. Andrew holds a BA hons degree in Estate Management from Reading University.

Henry Wilson-Holt

Lending Manager
+44 (0)20 7650 1804

After graduating with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry from the University of Durham, Henry joined a property finance brokerage in London where he worked for 18 months sourcing and structuring debt for real estate professionals. Since joining Zorin at the start of 2016, he has successfully originated and managed over 35 transactions with a GDV of over £125 million.

Katy Katani

Lending Manager
+44 (0)20 7650 1808

Katy has over 16 years experience in the Real Estate industry and has an extensive network of contacts in the sector. She is responsible for all the business development activities within the company, with a primary focus on introducing new clients to the origination team. Katy started her career in overseas property where she worked for several developers in Spain, Cape Verde and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Zorin, she worked for a large international law firm, Charles Russell Speechlys.

Rohan Dhaliwal

Lending Manager
+44 (0)20 7650 1810

Following his graduation from the University of Manchester with a degree in History, Rohan worked for an SME residential developer operating in the South East. In this role he assessed the viability of residential schemes whilst also procuring mezzanine or senior debt finance for prospective developments. Rohan is responsible for sourcing and structuring new opportunities whilst maintaining client relations from the initial appraisal through to the end of the development.

Alexander Kanji

Lending Analyst
+44 (0)20 7650 1806

Having graduated with a 2.1 BSc (Hons) degree in Politics from the University of Bristol, Alexander embarked on an MSc in Real Estate Investment at Cass Business School. Prior to joining Zorin Finance, Alexander completed internship placements within investment banking, real estate development and real estate professional services. Alexander's responsibilities at Zorin are focussed on expediting the lending process and ensuring the timely execution of transactions across the loan book.

AJ Shazad

Head of Credit Risk
+44 (0)20 7650 1809

Prior to joining Zorin Finance, AJ worked at Pluto Finance, Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of London and the Middle East where he was responsible for the origination, structuring, execution and management of real estate debt finance with an emphasis on residential development transactions. Over the last 10 years he has structured more than 100 senior debt, stretched senior debt and mezzanine transactions in the UK. AJ holds a First Class BA(Hons) degree in Accounting and Mathematics from LMBS.

Richard Gosden

Credit Risk Director
+44 (0)20 7650 1803

Richard has over 25 years experience within the banking industry, with a particular focus on Real Estate Finance. Prior to joining Zorin, Richard held positions at Barclays Bank, Bank Leumi, Israel Discount Bank and most recently a privately funded development lender. Richard has assessed, documented and managed a wealth of residential development transactions, UK wide, over his career as well as having considerable experience in distressed debt work-out and recovery together with documenting European hotel transactions.

Roberta Tourish

Senior Credit Risk Manager
+44 (0)20 7650 1805

Roberta joined the Credit Risk team at Zorin in June 2018. She has considerable experience in debt recovery and work out strategies, having spent 6 years at Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency prior to joining Zorin. Roberta is a chartered accountant and trained as a tax consultant at PwC. She received a degree in Business and Law from University College Dublin and a Master of Accounting from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin.

Nora Rebole

Construction Director
+44 (0)20 7650 1811

Nora has over 10 years’ experience in the construction and development industry and is responsible for development management across Zorin’s loan book. She is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and holds a variety of qualifications including an MSc in Construction Project Management from Westminster University and a Building Engineering degree from the University of Navarre. Prior to joining Zorin, Nora worked at Arcadis (formerly EC Harris) where she was responsible for the cost and commercial management of residential developments, with GDVs ranging from £10m to £200m.

Tatiana Cernakova

Credit Risk Analyst
+44 (0)20 7650 1806

Prior to joining Zorin Finance in October 2018, Tatiana worked in commercial building management for a leading serviced office group and for a premium interior designer in London. Tatiana’s role at Zorin focuses on due diligence, KYC and AML checks, database management, file/documentation review, ongoing construction, drawdown monitoring and sales monitoring. Since joining Zorin, Tatiana has assisted with closing £100m of loans across 29 transactions.

Alexander Moss

Treasury and Technology
+44 (0)20 7650 1807

Alex is responsible for all operational functions within the business, including: transaction support, reconciliation, fund accounting, cash management and data and information management. He also utilises his extensive analytical, research and computing expertise to support the company’s technology aspirations. Alex holds a PhD in Education and Professional studies from King’s and Imperial College London, a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science from Keele University, and an MSc in Modern Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford.

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