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Who’s who at The Route

Our team looks after each Member’s financial arrangements in a proactive, personalised and ongoing way. Put a face to a name and and see how we work to help you.

The Board

Richard Admiraal

Director and Business Owner

Richard Admiraal

Director and Business Owner

Richard is a founding partner and director at The Route, starting it in 2000, after holding senior management positions in several retail financial services companies. He is responsible for formulating and delivering the overall business plan. He provides input and guidance into the ongoing evolvement of the Member Proposition and the club concept, to ensure that The Route puts client satisfaction at the forefront of its operational decision making.

Prior to establishing The Route, Richard was an equity partner at a Private wealth Management company, responsible for both client relations and the management of advisors. He started work in the City after completing a degree in Business Studies at the University of Bath.

Lisa McLeod

Head of Operations

Lisa McLeod

Head of Operations

Lisa oversees all operations at The Route. In partnership with the executive management team, she assists in creating effective working practices to support The Route’s mission and goals. She has oversight responsibility for operational efficiency and applies an ongoing review process to ensure a ‘Best in practice’ approach.

Prior to The Route, Lisa worked in banking, accountancy and financial services, gaining a wealth of experience in operational support, administration and management.

Alan Gunner

Company Secretary

Alan Gunner

Company Secretary

Alan has been company secretary for The Route since its inception. He has been qualified as a Chartered Accountant for over forty years. Following his time in the profession, Alan held financial positions in a variety of industries including retailing, clothing importing and financial services.

He has previously been a Finance Director in a publicly quoted company and, in 2002, formed his own consultancy practice to provide accountancy services.

Richard Admiraal

Director and Business Owner

Bio

Richard is a founding partner and director at The Route, starting it in 2000, after holding senior management positions in several retail financial services companies. He is responsible for formulating and delivering the overall business plan. He provides input and guidance into the ongoing evolvement of the Member Proposition and the club concept, to ensure that The Route puts client satisfaction at the forefront of its operational decision making.

Prior to establishing The Route, Richard was an equity partner at a Private wealth Management company, responsible for both client relations and the management of advisors. He started work in the City after completing a degree in Business Studies at the University of Bath.

Lisa McLeod

Head of Operations

Bio

Lisa oversees all operations at The Route. In partnership with the executive management team, she assists in creating effective working practices to support The Route’s mission and goals. She has oversight responsibility for operational efficiency and applies an ongoing review process to ensure a ‘Best in practice’ approach.

Prior to The Route, Lisa worked in banking, accountancy and financial services, gaining a wealth of experience in operational support, administration and management.

Alan Gunner

Company Secretary

Bio

Alan has been company secretary for The Route since its inception. He has been qualified as a Chartered Accountant for over forty years. Following his time in the profession, Alan held financial positions in a variety of industries including retailing, clothing importing and financial services.

He has previously been a Finance Director in a publicly quoted company and, in 2002, formed his own consultancy practice to provide accountancy services.

The Team

Iain Burke

Senior Underwriter - The Route – Finance

Iain Burke

Senior Underwriter - The Route – Finance

Iain is the Senior Underwriter for The Route – Finance, and is responsible for the origination and underwriting of bridging and development loan applications. His primary role involves sourcing new loan projects from a network of commercial finance brokers as well as overseeing the due diligence process for each loan that is agreed to.

Prior to working at The Route, Iain was employed as a Case Manager with the United Trust Bank.

Will Carpmael

Relationship Manager - The Route – Property

Will Carpmael

Relationship Manager - The Route – Property

Will works as a Relationship Manager in The Route – Property. He is responsible for the delivery of the Buy-To-Let Service to The Route’s Members who are interested in equity property investment. He assists each Member in negotiating the marketplace, liaising with service providers and for further developing the Member offering.

Will has over 20 years’ financial services experience, having traded equities for investment banks and hedge funds. He read mathematics at Jesus College, Cambridge and enjoys cricket, tennis and country life.

Gordon Grant

Technical Support - The Route – Future

Gordon Grant

Technical Support - The Route – Future

Gordon works for The Route – Future and provides technical support. His role involves processing new business enquiries, liaising with product providers and servicing client accounts. He has worked in Financial Services, since 2014, as a third party and investment administrator.

Henry Hair

Relationship Manager & Head of The Route – Membership

Henry Hair

Relationship Manager & Head of The Route – Membership

Henry is a Relationship Manager within The Route – Membership team and has overall responsibility for the delivery of its business plan.

His role involves introducing new Members to The Route, servicing the relationship between existing Members and its business lines, and evolving the Proposition. Henry came to work in the City after completing a Masters degree in Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Alex Innes

Head of Legal & Risk

Alex Innes

Head of Legal & Risk

Alex works with The Route – Finance in structuring commercial loans for Members from a legal perspective, and assists with the due diligence for funding secured loan projects. He also provides advice to The Route on Legal and Risk issues as he is dual-qualified in Scots and English law.

Prior to joining, Alex worked as a partner in commercial law firms, from 1992. Most recently he was a banking partner at the international law firm, Addleshaw Goddard LLP. Alex has a law degree from Edinburgh University, as well as a Diploma in Management from the Open University.

Kyleigh Lynch

Private Debt Platform Manager - The Route – Finance

Kyleigh Lynch

Private Debt Platform Manager - The Route – Finance

Kyleigh works for The Route – Finance managing the Private Debt Platform’s portfolio of tasks enabling Member participation in Secured Loan raises. This involves ensuring that the raise processes are efficient and effective in bringing the projects to The Route’s Members, and completings each loan raise. Kyleigh has worked in financial services since 2005 .

John Mason

Interim Head - The Route – Property

John Mason

Interim Head - The Route – Property

John works for The Route – Property to increase organisational and operational efficiency across that business, and to enhance the relationships with The Route’s Members. He has worked in the Commercial and Residential property markets for over 40 years as a Chartered Surveyor. John brings his considerable experience of both the Private and Public Sectors, where he has held senior positions, including sitting on the main board of a PLC.

Ella Mcleod

Administrator - The Route – Property

Ella Mcleod

Administrator - The Route – Property

Ella works within The Route – Property team to provide administration support for the delivery of its services. She also supports the sales, purchases and lettings of properties – liasing with The Route’s Members, Solicitors, Agents and other third parties.

Before joining The Route, Ella worked within the corporate and private event sectors, having studied Arts and Events Management at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Danielle Noonan

Business Manager - The Route – Membership

Danielle Noonan

Business Manager - The Route – Membership

Danielle works as a Business Manager for The Route – Membership team, providing the link and supporting the communication between The Route’s Technical Advisors and Relationship Managers, and its new and existing Members. Danielle is also responsible for some general office management duties, including Health & Safety and the maintenance of The Route’s business management systems.

Previously, she has worked in event and office management for a government agency, in supply chain management at a European retail company and as an analyst in the travel and tourism sector.

Simon Pimblett

Head of Research & Monitoring

Simon Pimblett

Head of Research & Monitoring

Simon is Head of Research and Monitoring at The Route. This involves internal product development and due diligence, as well as managing The Route – Finance’s Secured Loans projects to conclusion. He is also responsible for producing much of the internal & external comment on financial matters, including newsletters and reports. Simon attended the University of Manchester, where he studied Management Science. He joined the financial services industry in 1987 and specialises in technical aspects.

Simon joined The Route in 2003 as a specialist technical adviser.

Richard Truett

Head of Business - The Route – Finance

Richard Truett

Head of Business - The Route – Finance

Richard is responsible for The Route – Finance, its delivery, and the Secured Loan offering to Members.

Prior to joining The Route, Richard held a variety of senior executive positions within banking, and has extensive experience in commercial lending and strategic innovation, fulfilling his last role as Head of Strategy & Propositions for over four years.

Cuan Tait APFS

Chartered Financial Planner and Head of The Route – Future and Mortgage Adviser at The Route – Property

Cuan Tait APFS

Chartered Financial Planner and Head of The Route – Future and Mortgage Adviser at The Route – Property

Cuan is a Chartered Financial Planner at The Route – Future and is responsible for delivering all aspects of regulated financial advice to The Route’s Members, including tax efficient investments, retirement planning strategies, protection and estate planning. He is also a specialist Mortgage Adviser for The Route – Property which provides independent mortgage advice to its Members for Buy to Let, residential, commercial and portfolio mortgages.

Cuan has worked in financial services for over 10 years and has been at The Route since 2012.

Katanya West

Business Manager - The Route – Finance

Katanya West

Business Manager - The Route – Finance

Katanya works in The Route – Finance, managing the Private Debt Platform’s portfolio of tasks for Secured Loan raises for The Route’s Members. This involves ensuring that it follows an efficient and effective process to bring projects to Members and completing each loan raise.

Katanya joined the financial services industry in 1989, working in customer services at various banks, and mortgage administration for a brokerage. She joined The Route in 2002.

Richard Wilkinson

Consultant

Richard Wilkinson

Consultant

Richard has acted as a consultant to both The Route’s Board & Senior Management Team since 2014. His expertise has assisted in better delivering the overall business plan and developing The Route’s corporate culture.

Richard is a graduate of Oxford University and the Cass Business School (CBS). His career has spanned positions globally in both finance and industry. Richard has been a mentor and guest lecturer in Structured Finance for the MBA programme at CBS.

He has a senior practitioner level Post Graduate certificate in coaching board level executives and entrepreneurs. In 2015, he completed an Executive Masters in the Neuroscience of Leadership, and has been a Non-Executive Director on the boards of public and private companies based in the UK and overseas.

Iain Burke

Senior Underwriter - The Route – Finance

Bio

Iain is the Senior Underwriter for The Route – Finance, and is responsible for the origination and underwriting of bridging and development loan applications. His primary role involves sourcing new loan projects from a network of commercial finance brokers as well as overseeing the due diligence process for each loan that is agreed to.

Prior to working at The Route, Iain was employed as a Case Manager with the United Trust Bank.

Will Carpmael

Relationship Manager - The Route – Property

Bio

Will works as a Relationship Manager in The Route – Property. He is responsible for the delivery of the Buy-To-Let Service to The Route’s Members who are interested in equity property investment. He assists each Member in negotiating the marketplace, liaising with service providers and for further developing the Member offering.

Will has over 20 years’ financial services experience, having traded equities for investment banks and hedge funds. He read mathematics at Jesus College, Cambridge and enjoys cricket, tennis and country life.

Gordon Grant

Technical Support - The Route – Future

Bio

Gordon works for The Route – Future and provides technical support. His role involves processing new business enquiries, liaising with product providers and servicing client accounts. He has worked in Financial Services, since 2014, as a third party and investment administrator.

Henry Hair

Relationship Manager & Head of The Route – Membership

Bio

Henry is a Relationship Manager within The Route – Membership team and has overall responsibility for the delivery of its business plan.

His role involves introducing new Members to The Route, servicing the relationship between existing Members and its business lines, and evolving the Proposition. Henry came to work in the City after completing a Masters degree in Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Alex Innes

Head of Legal & Risk

Bio

Alex works with The Route – Finance in structuring commercial loans for Members from a legal perspective, and assists with the due diligence for funding secured loan projects. He also provides advice to The Route on Legal and Risk issues as he is dual-qualified in Scots and English law.

Prior to joining, Alex worked as a partner in commercial law firms, from 1992. Most recently he was a banking partner at the international law firm, Addleshaw Goddard LLP. Alex has a law degree from Edinburgh University, as well as a Diploma in Management from the Open University.

Kyleigh Lynch

Private Debt Platform Manager - The Route – Finance

Bio

Kyleigh works for The Route – Finance managing the Private Debt Platform’s portfolio of tasks enabling Member participation in Secured Loan raises. This involves ensuring that the raise processes are efficient and effective in bringing the projects to The Route’s Members, and completings each loan raise. Kyleigh has worked in financial services since 2005 .

John Mason

Interim Head - The Route – Property

Bio

John works for The Route – Property to increase organisational and operational efficiency across that business, and to enhance the relationships with The Route’s Members. He has worked in the Commercial and Residential property markets for over 40 years as a Chartered Surveyor. John brings his considerable experience of both the Private and Public Sectors, where he has held senior positions, including sitting on the main board of a PLC.

Ella Mcleod

Administrator - The Route – Property

Bio

Ella works within The Route – Property team to provide administration support for the delivery of its services. She also supports the sales, purchases and lettings of properties – liasing with The Route’s Members, Solicitors, Agents and other third parties.

Before joining The Route, Ella worked within the corporate and private event sectors, having studied Arts and Events Management at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Danielle Noonan

Business Manager - The Route – Membership

Bio

Danielle works as a Business Manager for The Route – Membership team, providing the link and supporting the communication between The Route’s Technical Advisors and Relationship Managers, and its new and existing Members. Danielle is also responsible for some general office management duties, including Health & Safety and the maintenance of The Route’s business management systems.

Previously, she has worked in event and office management for a government agency, in supply chain management at a European retail company and as an analyst in the travel and tourism sector.

Simon Pimblett

Head of Research & Monitoring

Bio

Simon is Head of Research and Monitoring at The Route. This involves internal product development and due diligence, as well as managing The Route – Finance’s Secured Loans projects to conclusion. He is also responsible for producing much of the internal & external comment on financial matters, including newsletters and reports. Simon attended the University of Manchester, where he studied Management Science. He joined the financial services industry in 1987 and specialises in technical aspects.

Simon joined The Route in 2003 as a specialist technical adviser.

Richard Truett

Head of Business - The Route – Finance

Bio

Richard is responsible for The Route – Finance, its delivery, and the Secured Loan offering to Members.

Prior to joining The Route, Richard held a variety of senior executive positions within banking, and has extensive experience in commercial lending and strategic innovation, fulfilling his last role as Head of Strategy & Propositions for over four years.

Cuan Tait APFS

Chartered Financial Planner and Head of The Route – Future and Mortgage Adviser at The Route – Property

Bio

Cuan is a Chartered Financial Planner at The Route – Future and is responsible for delivering all aspects of regulated financial advice to The Route’s Members, including tax efficient investments, retirement planning strategies, protection and estate planning. He is also a specialist Mortgage Adviser for The Route – Property which provides independent mortgage advice to its Members for Buy to Let, residential, commercial and portfolio mortgages.

Cuan has worked in financial services for over 10 years and has been at The Route since 2012.

Katanya West

Business Manager - The Route – Finance

Bio

Katanya works in The Route – Finance, managing the Private Debt Platform’s portfolio of tasks for Secured Loan raises for The Route’s Members. This involves ensuring that it follows an efficient and effective process to bring projects to Members and completing each loan raise.

Katanya joined the financial services industry in 1989, working in customer services at various banks, and mortgage administration for a brokerage. She joined The Route in 2002.

Richard Wilkinson

Consultant

Bio

Richard has acted as a consultant to both The Route’s Board & Senior Management Team since 2014. His expertise has assisted in better delivering the overall business plan and developing The Route’s corporate culture.

Richard is a graduate of Oxford University and the Cass Business School (CBS). His career has spanned positions globally in both finance and industry. Richard has been a mentor and guest lecturer in Structured Finance for the MBA programme at CBS.

He has a senior practitioner level Post Graduate certificate in coaching board level executives and entrepreneurs. In 2015, he completed an Executive Masters in the Neuroscience of Leadership, and has been a Non-Executive Director on the boards of public and private companies based in the UK and overseas.