"I still feel brokers would rather pass up the opportunity than try to understand what lenders like Together can do."
We caught up with Paula Purdy, key account manager at Together, to discuss the Financial Reporter Women's Recognition Awards and how specialist lending can help broker clients.
FR: What area do you cover?
I look after a number of our key packager accounts in the North, including Scotland, under the Together+ initiative, which we launched this year and is designed to build strong partnerships with a select group of specialist distributers.
FR: If you had one ‘top tip’ for life as a BDM, what would it be?
Always return phone calls. I’m still astonished at the number of brokers who tell me that many BDMs don’t get back to them.
FR: How do you pass the time on the road - books, podcasts, audiobooks?
Sadly, sitting in traffic (only joking). Seriously though, I seem to get very little free time - I spend most of my time on the phone returning calls!
FR: What’s one thing you wish all brokers knew?
How specialist lending can help their clients. There are often a range of solutions available but I still feel brokers would rather pass up the opportunity than try to understand what lenders like Together can do.
FR: A quick email on Monday or a phone call in the afternoons - how can brokers contact you?
I’m always on the phone (see above!) especially in the car.
FR: What’s your favourite place to stop for a coffee when you’re between meetings?
Any Starbucks drive thru.
FR: Financial Reporter has launched its second Women’s Recognition Awards – who would you like to see win an award and why?
Mel Whiting from Norton Finance. She has a wealth of knowledge about the mortgage and loans market, having worked in the industry for three decades. She’s been successful through the good times and the bad, and guided her teams through the recessions of the mid-1990s and 2000s. Her drive and dedication over so many years is what really makes her stand out from the crowd.