Ian is co-founder and Director of LendInvest, the world's largest marketplace lender for real estate. LendInvest is bringing technology to the £1.2 trillion UK mortgage market - an entirely offline market. LendInvest spun out of Montello, an offline short-term mortgage lender, in 2013 to allow retail investors the opportunity to invest in a mortgage. Today LendInvest investors have lent over £660 million against over 2,350 properties making LendInvest one of the fastest-growing (and most profitable) marketplace platforms in the world. The company also has significant institutional backing; in 2015, LendInvest closed UK Fintech's then-largest Series A investment (£22m / $34m) from listed Chinese technology business Beijing Kunlun. In March 2016, LendInvest secured a £17m ($25m) Series B investment from Atomico, the VC fund led by Skype founder, Niklas Zennstrom.
Ian is a qualified chartered surveyor, with significant property and development experience. Before co-founding Montello and Lendinvest, Ian held senior positions with Ballymore Property Group (the largest property group in Europe at the time) and SEGRO.