LiveMore appoints three heads of department

LiveMore, the mortgage lender for people aged 50 to 90-plus, has promoted and appointed three heads of department across finance, compliance and marketing.

Eduard Akopian joined as head of finance, Carly Chandler was promoted to head of compliance, and former LiveMore consultant Sarah Wade was added as head of marketing (intermediaries).

Akopian will oversee the firm’s corporate model, advise the management team on spending, protect LiveMore’s financial assets and oversee day-to-day operations.

He joined with eight years of experience in financial services, mainly in lending.

He said: “I’m eager to contribute to LiveMore’s continuing success and am looking forward to collaborating with the talented team here.”

Chandler, who has been with LiveMore for three years, was promoted from compliance manager.

With complete oversight of compliance operations, Chandler will build on the firm’s governance foundation, ensuring that LiveMore continues to meet best practice for lenders.

She holds Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approved senior management function (SMF) 16 (compliance oversight) and 17 (money laundering reporting officer).

Chandler said: “I’m really pleased to take on my new role and continue my journey at LiveMore.

“They have a great proposition, and serving an underserved market is something I’m very passionate about.

“I’m really looking forward to where the next few years will take us.”

Wade has consulted with LiveMore since November 2023, and will be responsible for developing relationships with intermediaries to support the firm’s main route to market.

Sarah said: “Having already spent four months consulting with LiveMore, I know exactly where I can put my 20 years’ experience in financial services marketing to good use.

“We’ve got an expert team and a great business, and I’m looking forward to all the initiatives we have planned for 2024.”

Leon Diamond, CEO of LiveMore, said: “As a fast-growing business, we rely on a strong, experienced workforce.

“Ed is a solid attribute to the firm, Sarah has already proved her mettle, and Carly is a long-trusted member of LiveMore staff.

“After a fairly tough 2023 across the market, we started 2024 delivering 75% year-on-year growth in January applications, so it’s an exciting time to be a part of LiveMore.”