Former Sesame MD joins protection networks

Former Sesame MD joins protection networks

Mark Graves, former managing director at the Sesame Bankhall Group, has joined mortgage and protection networks HL Partnership and the Mortgage Support Network as chief operating officer.

Mr Graves, who recently left SBG amid management changes, will report to Chris Tanner, chief executive officer at both networks.

The new role has been created to develop potential new business opportunities and provide strategic support to the management team.

HLP was founded in 2000 as one of the first networks dedicated to mortgage and protection adviser firms. 

Headquartered in Worthing on the Sussex coast, HLP claims it is the largest privately-owned network in the UK.

In 2017, HLP’s parent, Josewin, bought MSN, a smaller mortgage and protection network based in Leicester, which operates as a separate entity.

Jointly the two networks have more than 600 advisers.

Mr Gave's previous role at Sesame meanwhile was split into two new positions.

He said: "The opportunity to join a business with a clear and unambiguous goal of becoming the best home for mortgage and protection advisers was too good to miss.

"HLP and MSN benefit from being one of the few network groups in settled private ownership, which allows
us to concentrate on building upon the existing strong foundations to deliver a world class proposition that benefits our members and every product and service partner equally."

Mr Graves will focus on supporting the work of the management team that Mr Tanner is building. He will also help build the proposition that managing director Shaun Almond, who was appointed joint managing director both HLP
and MSN last month, is putting together.

Mr Tanner said: "We are putting together a team which will be able to support our growth plans and Mark Graves will play a major role in helping us achieve those goals."

Venilia Batista Amorim is a freelance writer for FTAdviser