Paragon has appointed Richard Rowntree as Managing Director of Mortgages to spearhead growth across its mortgage businesses. Rowntree joins from the Bank of Ireland, where he was Managing Director of UK Mortgages and will be responsible for Paragon’s lending activities across buy-to-let, second charge and residential mortgages.

Rowntree takes over from John Heron, who retired this month after 34 years with Paragon. Richard has also held senior roles at RBS (Williams & Glyn), Santander, Lloyds TSB and Halifax, and was also the Chairman of UK Finance’s Mortgage Product Board in 2019.

Rowntree said: “Paragon has carved out an exceptional reputation in the buy-to-let market over the past 25 years under John’s guidance and I am excited to be able to take that forward. Buy-to-let is increasingly becoming the domain of the portfolio landlord and, with our experience of working with these customers, we are perfectly placed to meet their needs.”

“We’ve introduced a number of initiatives over the past year to improve intermediary and customer experience, such as the launch of the Intermediary Portal, and we will introduce further changes in 2020 to build on that.”