• 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 before working 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.

  • Shane Donnelly
    Shane DonnellyDirector - Northern Ireland

    Shane has worked in real estate finance in Belfast for 25 years.

    Experienced in financing a wide range of asset types throughout the UK, he has held senior positions with Anglo Irish Bank and most recently Bank of Ireland.

    Shane is based in our Northern Irish office at 20 May Street in Belfast and can be contacted on office line 028 9532 0066 or mobile 07442 091031.

  • Colin Anderson
    Colin AndersonDirector - Scotland

    Colin is an experienced credit specialist and Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. After almost 30 years with Clydesdale Bank and Bank of Ireland, he latterly managed the Scottish Real Estate portfolio for Santander Business. 

    Colin is responsible for credit underwriting.

  • Richard King
    Richard KingHead of Sales

    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.

    Richard can be reached directly on 07388 993985.

  • Jamie Russell
    Jamie RussellBusiness Development Manager

    Jamie is a business development manager with a background in the specialist lending industry.

    Before joining Ortus, Jamie worked at Octopus Property in a sales role where he focussed on bridging and development finance.

    A graduate of the University of Birmingham, he served as a Captain in the British Army for five years.

    Jamie can be reached directly on 07741 196308.

  • Rebecca Chapman
    Rebecca ChapmanInternal Business Development Manager

    Rebecca is an Internal BDM working with Jamie Russell. She is CeMAP qualified with over a decade of experience in financial services and a background in mortgages.

    Before joining Ortus, Rebecca worked as a Lending Manager for Hampshire Trust Bank in their specialist mortgages team and has worked supporting mortgage brokers at Vida Homeloans and Metro Bank.

  • David Foster
    David FosterAssociate Director – Lending

    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.

  • Stephen Davison
    Stephen DavisonAssociate Director – Lending

    Stephen comes from a real estate finance background having held positions with Bank of Ireland Corporate and more recently Link Asset Services. He is a graduate of Queens University in Belfast.

    Stephen is responsible for due diligence, completion and ongoing relationship management across the NI and GB portfolio.

  • Joshua Field
    Joshua FieldSenior Lending Manager

    Joshua joined us from Oblix Capital where he gained experience as a Case Manager. Previously he worked at Nationwide Building Society specialising in Residential Mortgages.

    Joshua provides support across deal structuring and broker relations.

  • Andy Thomson
    Andy ThomsonCredit Manager

    Andy has worked in financial services for over 25 years including spells with Bank of Scotland, RBS Commercial and laterally with Santander Corporate Banking where he provided support to a variety of industry and business sectors including Media, Healthcare, Construction and Real Estate.

    Andy is based in Glasgow and is responsible for managing our existing client book.

  • Daniel Eastwood
    Daniel EastwoodLending Manager

    Daniel is a finance graduate of Newcastle University, his previous experience includes time spent with First Derivatives and more recently Link Asset Services where he worked as an Asset Manager. 

  • Nicola McCoosh
    Nicola McCooshGroup Marketing Manager

    Nicola has worked within marketing for over 15 years with experience in leading a team to plan & deliver marketing initiatives across CRM, digital, social and PR to drive revenue and customer engagement targets.  She has worked with a range of well-known brands within the Travel, Finance and Loyalty industries ranging from British Airways and Aer Lingus to American Express and Tesco Clubcard.

    Nicola is based in Belfast and is responsible for Ortus’ UK marketing strategy to increase revenue and drive brand awareness.  

  • Paul Edwards
    Paul EdwardsFinance Director

    Paul is a chartered accountant with experience in variety of industries. He has an engineering degree from Loughborough University, trained at Smith & Williamson in London and ran his own business before joining our team.

    Paul is responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the business.

  • Krishen Shah
    Krishen ShahTrainee Accountant

    Krishen is a recent economics graduate from the University of Warwick. Along with his work, he is training to become a qualified chartered accountant with us. Krishen’s responsibilities include assisting the finance and operations functions of the business.




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