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The Mortgage Market in Northern Ireland seminar


11 May 2017

Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Venue: TBC, Belfast
Price: £90 (VAT exempt) members
£90 (VAT exempt) associates
£145 (VAT exempt) non-members
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The Mortgage Market in Northern Ireland seminar

About this event

The next 12 months will see a continuation of change and development in the mortgage market in Northern Ireland. This seminar will explore the latest issues and examples of best practice with the foremost experts in the industry. The event will finish with an informal networking lunch, allowing attendees to discuss the topics of the day together.

A full programme for this event will be available shortly

Job titles of past delegates included:

Chief Executive, Head of Intermediaries, Director, Business Development Manager, Partner, Head of Mortgage Products, Compliance Manager, Broker, Mortgage Sales Manager, Solicitor, Economist and Housing Development Manager.


CML member & associate rate: £90 (VAT exempt)
Non-member rate: £145 (VAT exempt)

**This event is open to press**

Feedback from 2016 attendees:

"Excellent conference, good pace, relevant & interesting."

"Highly organised and well put together. Broad selection of speakers from various sectors."

"One of the best CML events I have attended. The content, venue and presentations was excellent."

"Very informative, interesting topics discussed - some good bits to take away."

"Excellent range of speakers and subjects covering highly relevant and up-to-date information and bring together cross-sector stakeholders. Good venue, AV and well organised. Very interesting and informative".

Organisations that attended in 2016:


  • Accenture UK
  • Acenden Limited
  • AIB Group (UK) plc
  • Allied Irish Bank (UK) plc
  • Arthur Cox
  • Atom Bank
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Banking & Payments Federation Ireland
  • Belfast Telegraph
  • Bigger-Strahan
  • Birmingham Midshires
  • Countrywide
  • Danske Bank
  • Department for Communities
  • Enforcement of Judgements Office
  • Eversheds Solicitors
  • First Complete Limited
  • First Trust Bank
  • Global Home Warranties
  • Halifax plc
  • Housing Rights
  • John McKee Solicitors
  • Leeds Building Society   
  • Legal & General Surveying Services
  • Lloyds
  • McKinty and Wright Solicitors
  • Milecross Financial Solutions
  • MTB Solicitors
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • Natwest
  • Ni Co-Ownership Housing Association
  • Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association
  • Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • PP Financial Services
  • Progressive Building Society
  • Spicerhaart Ltd
  • Stewart Title Limited
  • The Mortgage Shop Northern Ireland Ltd
  • The Mortgage Shop Northern Ireland Ltd & UPS Financial Services Ltd
  • The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • Ulster Bank Ltd
  • University of Ulster
  • W T Hanna
  • Wise Move Mortgages
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Confirmed Sessions

CML market overview
Paul Smee, Director General, Council of Mortgage Lenders

Post-MCD landscape – what comes next?
Russell Kelsall, Partner, TLT LLP

Rent to own scheme
Mark Graham, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Ownership

Legal update
Gillian Crotty, Partner, Wilson Nesbitt

  • Northern Ireland legal issues
  • Overview of recent lender cases in Northern Ireland
Housebuilding and supply panel      

John Armstrong, Managing Director, Construction Employers Federation
Mark Graham, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Ownership
John McCord, Acting Head, Housing Affordability and Housing, Department for Communities

  • Materials and labour issues
  • Impacts of negative equity

Chair: Derek Wilson

Head of Mortgage Strategy and Distribution, First Trust Bank.

Derek Wilson has over 36 years’ experience in financial services, principally dealing with mortgages and sits on the board for Northern Ireland Housing Executive. Derek is currently in his third term as Chair of CML Northern Ireland. 




John Armstrong

Managing Director, Construction Employers Federation

John Armstrong has held the position of Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation since 2006 and is now also Managing Director of Construction Federation Services, the Building Guarantee Scheme and Construction First.

He joined the Construction Employers Federation in 1997 with responsibility for developing construction exports.  During that time he helped to develop business for Northern Irish construction companies in overseas markets.  He also assisted the Department for International Development in establishing a construction trade association in Uganda.

John currently chairs the Housing Supply Forum established by the Minister at the Department for Social Development. He is a Council Member of the Construction Industry Group and a Member of the NI Committee of the National House Building Council.

Gillian Crotty

Partner, Wilson Nesbitt

Gillian Crotty has been a Partner at Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors for five years and heads up their lender recovery department which encompasses all aspects of lender recovery to include repossessions, unsecured recoveries, shortfall recoveries and professional negligence claims. Gillian specialises in professional negligence and complex defended possession actions in the Commercial and Chancery Courts.


Mark Graham

Chief Executive, Co-Ownership

Mark Graham joined Co-Ownership in 2015 as Executive Director, Property and Development, before taking up the role of Chief Executive in 2016. He had previously held a number of senior management positions in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, latterly managing the Northern Ireland social housing development programme and having also led major change initiatives. He has also a strong interest in housing policy and organisational governance.





Russell Kelsall

Partner, TLT LLP

Russell Kelsall is a leading expert on consumer credit and regulated mortgages.  He regularly advises lenders on authorisation, documentation, policies and procedures, and complicated recoveries.  He acted for the successful lender in Northern Rock (Asset Management) plc v Thakker & Thakker [2014] (the leading decision on the effect of alleged breaches of MCOB).




John McCord

Acting Head of Housing Affordability, Department for Social Development

John McCord has been in Housing Group within the new Department for Communities for just over 6 years and since 2014 has been the Acting Head of Housing Affordability.  His specific areas of responsibility include: developing policy and strategy on affordable housing, examining the barriers to housing supply in Northern Ireland and advancing shared housing under the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community Strategy.

Paul Smee

Director General, Council of Mortgage Lenders

Paul Smee became Director General of the Council of Mortgage Lenders on 1 August 2011. Previously, he was Chief Executive of UK Payments, a post which he held for six years.

Paul set up, and was the first Chief Executive of the UK Payments Council, which sets strategy for collaborative payments in the UK. He was very involved with the introduction of the Faster Payments Service in 2008, the first new payment system in the UK for 25 years; and in the production of the UK’s National Payments Plan.

Before payments, Paul was the first Director General of the Association of IFAs, the representative body for the community of independent advisors which was formed in 1999. He also was instrumental in the formation of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries. 

During his earlier career, Paul worked for the London Stock Exchange, the Association of British insurers and the Independent Television Commission. He started his working life at the Department of Trade and Industry. 


Sponsorship opportunities for this event are available. Please contact richard.patrick@cml.org.uk for more information.

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Laura Marshall

Telephone: 08453736771