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P2P platform Saving Stream makes three senior appointments


Saving Stream, a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform, has made three new senior appointments as it gears up for the next stage of its development.

Mark Whitburn is head of credit; Robert Easterbrook, head of compliance; and Paul Riddell, head of marketing and communications.
Whitburn has over 35 years’ experience in the banking industry having been previously employed by HSBC Bank. Whitburn spent the last eight years as a specialist in real estate finance, following a number of roles including group audit manager and branch manager. Whitburn is responsible for identifying and mitigating the risks of borrowing proposals and requests, and for monitoring credit policy procedures and processes.
Easterbrook joins as head of compliance, ensuring Saving Stream abides by the more stringent regulations the FCA is looking to bring in. Easterbrook has specialised in compliance and investment accounting within the financial services industry for over 30 years, bringing experience of working at major institutions including Citi and Aviva.
Riddell joins Saving Stream from AXA UK, where he was head of strategic communications, managing brand and public relations for its wealth management arm. Prior to AXA UK, Riddell has experience with major financial services businesses such as Sun Life Financial and Winterthur Group, part of Credit Suisse. Riddell is responsible for building the brand and enhancing the reputation of Saving Stream, taking ownership of its growth and brand evolution strategy.
Liam Brooke, co-founder of Saving Stream, says: “Mark’s experience in real estate investment brings obvious benefits to Saving Stream and its current and prospective clients, and will reinforce our industry leading credit and risk functions.
“FCA approval is a target in the short to medium term for Saving Stream, and Robert’s expertise will be a vital asset in helping us achieving this goal. Gaining his experience with major institutions like HSBC and Citi is a major coup for us.
“Paul is a fantastic addition to the Saving Stream team, and brings many years of knowledge gained within the financial services sector, which will be vital as we look to continue to grow. We have just broken GBP250 million in total lending from over 13,000 members of our platform, and Paul’s expert influence will ensure we keep hitting those milestones.
“These three appointments signal an exciting time for Saving Stream as we look to expand – and improve – our product.”

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