IMLA elects Louisa Sedgwick as chair

The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association has elected Louisa Sedgwick, director of sales at Vida Homeloans, as Committee chair.

Sedgwick will be joined by elected members including Jeremy Duncombe (Accord Mortgages), who takes on the role of deputy chair, as well as Adrian Moloney (One Savings Bank), Kevin Purvey (Coventry Building Society) and Phil Rickards (BM Solutions).

Sedgwick is the association’s first female chair, while she is taking over from Rickards, who has completed his two-year term as chair.

She said: “IMLA represents the views of 40 banks, building societies and specialist lenders across the UK and I am delighted to have been elected as chair, a responsibility I do not take lightly.

“As well as working with my fellow Committee members to champion the views of IMLA’s members, I’m also keen to work further with networks, clubs, packagers and of course advisers as the industry continues to evolve to meet the needs of modern borrowers.

“I will take on my new responsibilities as IMLA chair alongside my daily duties at Vida Homeloans, where I will continue to work with our intermediary partners.”

Sedgwick previously held senior roles at UK Asset Resolution (formerly Bradford and Bingley), and Leeds Building Society.

She has also launched and managed her own consultancy firm in 2011, where she advised companies on key issues affecting the mortgage sector.

Directors Richard Beardshaw (HSBC) and Richard Scott (West Bromwich Building Society) will also join the Committee and Kate Davies will continue as executive director.