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IMLA appoints Godfrey Blight as chairman

GMAC-RFC managing director for sales and marketing Godfrey Blight has become the new chairman for IMLA, the association announced today.

Current chairman Guy Batchelor – sales & marketing director at Lehman Brothers – will become deputy chairman.

Nationwide specialist lending director Paul Howard and GE Money Home Lending chief executive officer Colin Shave both have been appointed as directors.

Paragon Mortgages managing director John Heron remains a director.

Blight comments: “I’m honoured to have been chosen by the members of IMLA to be their chairman for the coming year.  These are interesting times in the mortgage industry and, now more than at any time, I believe it is important to have a strong voice representing the views of intermediary lenders as a key part of the market place.  There will no doubt be many challenges in the year ahead and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to play an important role in the continued development of our sector.”

Batchelor says:  “I would like to thank the directors of IMLA for their efforts and commitment over the two years I have been chairman.  I must also record my appreciation to Peter Williams for his hard work since he became our first executive director just over a year ago.  IMLA has come a long way during this time, and I’m very pleased to hand over the chairmanship to Godfrey Blight, who has a wealth of experience in the mortgage market.  I look forward to supporting him as deputy chairman for 2008.”

Blight, Batchelor, Heron and Shave also become IMLA nominees to the CML Executive Committee.

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