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  • Richard Beenstock
    Richard BeenstockChief Executive

    Richard is a chartered accountant and a leisure industry specialist. A graduate of the University of Birmingham, he trained at Deloitte also worked as an investment banker for Kaupthing Bank.

    Richard is responsible for strategy and funding management and is a member of the Credit Committee and Executive Committee.

  • Jon Salisbury
    Jon SalisburyManaging Director

    Jon is a lending specialist and associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.  A graduate of the University of Southampton, he trained at Bank of Scotland and worked as a private banker at Singer & Friedlander.

    Jon is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business and is a member of the Credit Committee and Executive Committee.

  • Orvar Kaernested
    Orvar KaernestedChairman

    Örvar has held numerous senior positions in the banking and property sectors and is currently Chairman of Tryggingamidstodin hf, one of Iceland’s largest insurance companies.  Orvar is a graduate of the University of Reykjavik.

    Orvar chairs the Credit Committee and Executive Committee.

  • Armann Thorvaldsson
      Armann ThorvaldssonExecutive Committee Member

      Ármann has held numerous senior positions in the banking sector and is currently CEO of Kvika Bank hf in Iceland.  Armann is a graduate of the University of Reykjavik and holds an MBA from the University of Boston.

      Armann is a member of the Credit Committee and Executive Committee.

    • David Foster
      David FosterRelationship Manager

      David is a chartered surveyor and property specialist.  A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, he trained at Colliers in Birmingham and London.

      David is responsible for managing loans through the due diligence and completion processes.

    • Andras Kovacs
      Andras KovacsOperations Manager

      Andras is a specialist in financial modelling and data management.  A graduate of St Francis College in the US, Andras previously held positions at the European Bank of Reconstruction & Development and JP Morgan.

      Andras is responsible for financial control and loans administration.

    • Richard King
        Richard KingBusiness Development Manager

        Richard is a sales specialist with particular expertise in the bridging sector.  A graduate of the University of Manchester, he has previously held senior sales positions with Mint Bridging and BridgeBank Capital.

        Richard is based in Manchester and is responsible for sales and business development across the UK.

      • John Lukic
          John LukicBusiness Development Manager

          John is an experienced sales and property professional.  Prior to joining Ortus he was involved in a range of businesses focussed in the North East.  Prior to this he was a professional footballer and won the League Championship twice with Leeds and Arsenal.

          John is responsible for sales and business development with a focus on the north of England.

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