Meet The Team

We’d like to introduce you to our team.
Helping to put a face to the name of those working hard behind the scenes for you.

Management

Jon Stones

Jon Stones

Managing Director

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 advisers where I stayed until 2008 when I left to set up Mortgage 1st.

For the first 5 years, Mortgage 1st was just me as an adviser working from home. It wasn’t until 2013 that I employed my first member of staff and since then the company has grown year on year to where we are today.

I never set out to be the managing director of a large mortgage broker firm but I wouldn’t change a thing! I’m extremely proud of the team we have and will continue to build and the high standards we deliver to our customers.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time with my wife and 2 young children and watching Sunderland (attempt) to play football!

Lisa Stones

Lisa Stones

HR & Marketing Director

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 initially support my husband Jon with the day-to-day running and management of the company. My role as Director has evolved over the years and I now dedicate the majority of my time to the areas of the business I’m most passionate about which is marketing and the growth and ongoing development of our team.

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

Carly Montisci

Carly Montisci

Senior Manager

History – I have been part of Mortgage 1st since 2016 and the evolution of Mortgage1st as a business during this relatively short space is an incredible testament to all that have been involved and it really does shows what can be achieved when ambitious and like-minded people work together to attain the same end goal. I am lucky to work with such an incredible, dedicated & motivated team of people who are so invested in Mortgage1st and the services that we offer.

I am so passionate about our business and completely dedicated in doing my part in contributing to our growth and expansion. I am grateful for the way in which my role has developed in line with the changes the business has experienced over the years. Together I know we will accomplish our ultimate goals as a company but most importantly provide the best possible service and experience for our clients. I am excited to see what the future holds for us and looking forward to many more years with Mortgage 1st

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – enjoying the simple things in life, relaxing, good company, spending time with my teenage son (a rare treat) nice food and of course wine, I have a particular fondness for wine (Not my fault, it’s in the genes)  I am very interested in Spirituality, mindfulness and meditation, I enjoy reading and developing my understanding in these practices and applying them to real life as it helps to keep me centred and give me balance.

Mortgage & Protection Advisers

Edward Peters

Edward Peters

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

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 – hiking mostly, cycling sometimes, running occasionally.

Megan Kearney

Megan Kearney

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I joined Financial Services before getting my A Level results many 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, I get a huge sense of pride in helping clients achieve their goals.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – enjoying time with my Husband, our two sons and our family dog! Going to the park and feeding the ducks is a regular occurrence for us! We also like to travel when we can and love going to visit my brother who lives in Australia.

Andy Lunn

Andy Lunn

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

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 – spending time with family, friends and loved ones. I enjoy going on lots of holidays whether it be a city break, a cruise or something a little more exotic!

I have a big love for football and watch my team Nottingham Forest on a weekly basis. I wouldn’t say I love the gym but I do try to go a few times a week to keep myself healthy.

Ethan Noakes

Ethan Noakes

General Insurance Adviser

History – I joined the Mortgage 1st team in 2017 as an apprentice administrator and spent the duration of my apprenticeship working as part of the mortgage processing team. I gained so much experience and confidence during that time that shortly after I’d completed the apprenticeship course I was offered the opportunity to progress into a new role and became a General Insurance Adviser. I hope to continue the path of progression and develop my knowledge further, in the hope of becoming a Mortgage and Protection Adviser.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Socialising with friends and family. I enjoy going to the gym and long scenic walks. I also love to travel abroad, Thailand being my favourite place.

Natalie Ellis

Natalie Ellis

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I have worked in financial services since 2005 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 twin daughters Charlotte and Aimee. We enjoy a variety of sports as a family, love eating out and travelling. I support Sheffield United Football Club, have a long love of running & boxing and spending time raising money for local charities and our school.

Matthew Finney

Matthew Finney

Protection Adviser

History – I started in financial services in 2002 as a Mortgage Processor before studying CeMAP and becoming an Adviser in 2003 in a High Street Bank. I then started my journey to be a whole-of-market broker back in 2008. I have a wealth of experience in the residential mortgage market and protecting clients’ family and income.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me 
Coaching and training Kickboxing, travelling to Hong Kong (my wife is Cantonese), and learning to cook Chinese food up to my wife’s’ (high) standard! Coming from the Peak District, I like to get out and explore our local area. In what spare time I do get, I enjoy clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking.

Carol Crawshaw

Carol Crawshaw

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I have worked in the financial services industry since 1983 when I first joined the Halifax.  During my 37 years I have carried out various roles within the banking industry.  This included working in the Branch as a Mortgage & Protection adviser to managing teams of Mortgage Advisers both in Branch and the call centres as a Senior Team Manager.

This role enabled me to look at the customer experience and suggest and implement improvements throughout their journey.  I made the decision to move to Mortgage 1st in 2018 and have not looked back since.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Carrying out various roles.  These include being Mum to my 3 grown up children which often includes the role of Banker and taxi driver (even when they no longer live at home).  Looking after our pets and finally grabbing any spare time to relax and read.

Nikki Betts

Nikki Betts

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I’ve worked in Financial services since 1990, with the last 24 years as a Mortgage Adviser. I worked for Britannia in the branch network for 22 years, and offered mortgage advice in various branches through East Anglia, before leaving in 2014 and starting my whole-of-market journey. I just thrive on helping people achieve their dream of owning their own home, and want to continue to do that with Mortgage 1st.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Taking long walks with my hubby, Nigel and our crazy dog Buttons. I love to socialise and play in a local crib league once a week. Myself and Nigel love our holidays, and can be found in Greece at least once a year.

Oliver Page

Oliver Page

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I have worked within the financial services sector since 2001, working as a whole of market broker for the last five years. Prior to that I worked within the wealth management sector. I decided to specialise within the mortgage arena as I gained more job satisfaction from helping clients achieve their goals for them and their families of owning their own home.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – At the gym as I enjoy keeping fit or at the cinema as I’m a bit of a film buff. You can also find me supporting Wolverhampton Wanderers and socialising with family and friends.

Daniel Sykes

Daniel Sykes

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I joined the Financial Services industry in 2016 after leaving University.  I worked at Nationwide whilst I self-studied to become a Mortgage Adviser. After passing my CeMAP qualification I decided to move away from Nationwide to become a self-employed Mortgage Adviser, before deciding to join up with the team at Mortgage 1st.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – On long walks with my other half Georgie and our dog Cooper. I also spend my time watching Sheffield Wednesday (unfortunately), attempting to play golf and socialising with friends.

Faye Dawson

Faye Dawson

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I have worked in the Financial Services industry since 2001 when I joined The Derbyshire Building Society as a trainee Mortgage Adviser. After achieving my qualifications in 2002 I remained in the industry taking on varies roles until 2010 when I took a break to have my family. I returned to the job I love early 2018 and I’m now really happy to be part of the team at Mortgage 1st.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending quality time with the hubby and our three children. I also love to socialise with friends and family.

Shaun Burke

Shaun Burke

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I began my working career as a sales adviser for BT before joining the Lloyds banking group in 2010. For the next 9 years I worked across both Halifax and Lloyd’s brands in various roles, most recently as a Mortgage Adviser before leaving to join the team at Mortgage 1st.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – With my wife and two sons either in a theme park, zoo or park and my wife and I are massive TV buffs and self-certified ‘Friends’ experts! Mostly enjoyed with a glass of red wine!

Katherine Woolley

Katherine Woolley

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I started my career in estate agency and have worked in the financial industry since 2002 when I joined Halifax as a development manager. I have been a mortgage and protection adviser for the last 15 years and truly love what I do. A mortgage just isn’t about borrowing money, it’s about realising an aspiration and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as helping a client achieve that dream.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – After studying Art at University, it continues to be my passion and when I’m not running around after my 3 girls and 2 dogs, I have my head buried in an art magazine or can be found travelling the country visiting exhibitions.

Holly Sims

Holly Sims

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I have over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry across banking institutions and estate agency-based brokerages across Essex & Norfolk, giving me a great understanding of client’s individual needs when buying or remortgages properties.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – I am an extremely social person so I’m always out and about with my partner and friends. Love finding new adventures in different cities over Europe, particularly the odd theatre trip and escape room. I also take part in many different sports including netball in my local league and representing my country in badminton.

Carl Robbins

Carl Robbins

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I have worked in financial services since 2010 initially joining Yorkshire Building Society as a cashier, whilst there I studied for my Cemap and began mortgage advising. In 2013 I left YBS to take a role as a whole of market broker because I did not want to be restricted to one lender’s criteria and by being whole of market I would be able to help more of the customers I spoke to. I loved working there and in 2018 I stepped into a role managing the team I had previously worked in. It was a great learning experience but I missed mortgage advising and the day to day contact with customers. When I saw the vacancy at Mortgage 1st I was really excited by the opportunity and felt it was the right move for me.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Either at our local park where I attend a boot camp several times a week, at home if I spot the opportunity to be lazy for a few hours or out and about with my wife and/or dog.

Jason Ellis

Jason Ellis

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I began working within the financial services industry in 2005. Since then I have worked for Lloyds Bank before moving onto become a whole of market Mortgage Broker. My favourite aspects of the job are helping first time buyers start their journey to homeowners taking their next step, all the while ensuring you and your family are covered from any of life’s ups and downs. Working with the team at Mortgage 1st allows me to continue to enjoy this.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – On a golf course, up a mountain, fishing, watching Manchester City and F1 or socialising with friends and family.

Chris Griffiths

Chris Griffiths

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I’ve worked in financial services since 2005, prior to which I did a whole host of weird and wonderful jobs, everything from working in a chocolate factory to a car auctioneers!

I started my financial services career with Bank of Ireland, where I worked as a mortgage specialist giving help to customers looking to apply directly. After 6 years I started my first role as a mortgage adviser, working for Which Mortgage Advisers, firstly as an adviser and then as a senior adviser. After 7 years working for Which I joined up with the team at Mortgage 1st ready to start the next chapter of my career.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – I have 2 children, a boy and a girl, who keep me busy 95% of the time outside of work! When I do find the odd bit of time to myself, I like to watch a lot of football, and enjoy binge watching whatever the latest series on Netflix is.

Elliot Skinner

Elliot Skinner

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – Having worked in accounts departments since I was 16, I went on to graduate from Northumbria University, Newcastle with an Accounting degree. Continuing my career in the financial services industry, I gained my dream role as a Mortgage & Protection Adviser at London & Country Mortgages. Within my 1st year, I gained my CeMAP qualifications and went on to win the award for ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’. The following year I was also nominated for ‘Adviser of the Year’.

Having gained a large amount of knowledge from this role as a whole of market adviser, I am really looking forward to the next phase of my career at Mortgage 1st.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Playing or watching football are my main hobbies, it is definitely a great time to be a Liverpool fan! I also enjoy going on holidays, long walks with my girlfriend and dog, as well as socialising with my friends and family.

Hyat Alam

Hyat Alam

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – Educated to Master’s Level with degrees in Business and Computing from Nottingham and Manchester Universities.  I have prior experience of working in IT and Retail Management. In 2007 I moved to Nationwide where I was professionally trained and achieved my mortgage qualifications and advised clients in multiple key locations over an 8 year period.  In 2015 I started whole of market brokering and have since worked nationally including central London for leading specialist firms in the UK. As an experienced Adviser I also have a key focus on protecting my clients. I am proud to be part of the excellent team at Mortgage 1st.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy sport and in particular football and cricket (Captain at School). I have a keen interest in the global economy (Treasurer in my College days) and my favourite holiday destination is Dubai.

Josh Weighell

Josh Weighell

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – After studying Business with International Management at Northumbria university I fell in to my career in the financial services sector. Spending nearly three years with one of the largest Mortgage and Protection brokers in the UK, I gained a vast amount of knowledge on whole of market advice whilst obtaining my relevant CeMap qualifications.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Watching/playing cricket and football (always great fun being a Newcastle United supporter!). Other than that, I’ll be out venturing with my partner and our Romanian rescue dog!

Chris Dunn

Chris Dunn

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

History – I’ve been a Mortgage & Protection Adviser since 2005, initially working for Nationwide Building Society before moving onto Santander in 2008.  Having gained 10 years’ worth of experience in the Financial Services industry I moved to a whole of market Mortgage Broker in 2015 where I specialised as a New Build Mortgage & Protection Adviser.  In 2018 I was promoted to New Build Sales Manager but I missed the role of advising and helping clients on a day-to-day basis, hence joining Mortgage 1st where I can get back to doing what I love to do.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Watching Rugby at Franklins Gardens home of Northampton Saints and I also play football on a Sunday for my local team. I have two daughters who keep my wife and I busy so there is never much “down time” in our house which is great.

Mortgage Processing Team

Sarah Cave

Sarah Cave

Mortgage Processor

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.

Hollie Kilraine

Hollie Kilraine

Mortgage Processor

History – I have worked in the financial service industry since 2007, 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. Since joining Mortgage 1st in 2017 I have worked as an administrator and now work as a Mortgage Processor helping to secure our clients their mortgage offers.

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

Beverly James

Beverly James

Mortgage Processor

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.

Becky Evans

Becky Evans

Mortgage Processor

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 partner & our two children, socialising, reading, planning the next project and trying to catch up on much needed sleep!

Chelsea Hitchen

Chelsea Hitchen

Mortgage Processor

History – I have worked in the financial services industry since 2012, I started out in a temporary role at HSBC which ended up lasting 2 years. I then worked in a mortgage brokers for 5 years which I really loved but decided I needed a change. I took a job as an administrator within a wealth management firm but this only lasted 6 months as it made me realise how much I loved working within mortgages and helping clients get their dream homes! So when the opportunity came up to join Mortgage 1st I was very excited!

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – Spending time with my family and friends or going on walks with my boyfriend and his dog. We also like to go out for meals and to visit new places.

Ashleigh Linacre

Ashleigh Linacre

Mortgage Administrator

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!

Hannah Bowmer

Hannah Bowmer

Mortgage Administrator

History – I have worked in the travel and tourism industry since I left school which gave me many opportunities in different job roles. Since working in the busy tourism industry for many years I fancied a change of career to challenge myself and that’s when I joined the processing department at Mortgage 1st.

When I’m not in the office, you will find me – I like to go out and socialise with family and friends, attempt to keep fit and enjoy visiting new places.

Could This Be You?

Could This Be You?

We are always on the lookout for experienced Mortgage Advisers to join our team…

Could you be our next Apprentice Administrator?

Could you be our next Apprentice Administrator?

Or are you interested in stepping into the Financial Services industry?