Meet the Development Money Team

Mark Ellis ACIB:

Mark has carried out his own Property Rearrangement on an HMO back to a Single Family Dwelling.

Mark has had 25 years of working in Corporate and Commercial Lending for several High Street Banks.  His former post, Head of a Real Estate saw Mark manage a team of 130 Business Development Managers and a Multi-Billion Pound loan book.  

In Mark's spare time he is a regular Gym member however his quality time is spent with his wife and young daughter enjoying and exploring new destinations around the UK and Overseas. 

Lesia Chomiak  CEMAP, CEFA:

Lesia has extensive experience in Commercial Lending previously working for a Commercial Bank and National Brokerage.  She has also worked for several lenders in their Administration and Complaints Handling Teams. 

In her spare time Lesia enjoys Skiing, Country Walks, Dog Sitting, Property Refurbishment and is also a Landlady of UK and Overseas Property assets.

Karl Mitchell:

Karl started his property journey in Suffolk working for a small Independent Estate Agent.  His first position was as a Negotiator progressing to Branch Manager after 10 years of service. 

Karl had a career change moving into selling ‘Regulated Insurance’ products to the Army however after a few years he missed property so much that he came back into the Industry and trained in Property Finance to work with Development Money.     

The best tonic for Karl keeping a clear head is taking out his dog Daisy for long walks which allows him to problem solve some of his most complex deals!  Aside from this Karl likes to get away a few times a year to some of his favourite destinations.

Esther Bennett:

Esther's property journey started in Suffolk working for a small independent Estate Agent with Karl Mitchell training her!  She went onto a PA and Marketing post for a Home Improvement Group where she progressed into Management co-running a sub division of the Group based in Essex.  Esther then went onto work in Commercial Lending having worked alongside Lesia Chomiak for a National Brokerage for 12 years.  It was within those 12 years that both Lesia and I introduced business to Mark Ellis at the Bank.

Her ‘hands on’ journey and experience has included being a Landlady that continued with some Refurbishment and Flips, an extension within PDR's which included Heavy Refurbishment and it was this experience that has led her to set up the Brokerage "Development Money".

In her spare time Esther is a Mother to two young children who continues to build her property investments to enable her to secure her children's financial future.    Her latest property challenge is her first major 7000 sq ft  Development which is a Conversion and New Build of 6 units in Norfolk. 


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