About us

We’re customer obsessed: We’ve spent eight years building a business known for putting its customers first. Our customers come back to us time and again, because they trust us to put together the right deal, at the right time.

We’re not your average lender: We provide funding to property investors and developers at every stage of the property life cycle. You won’t get that type of commitment anywhere else. And we’re not a bank, so we can be as flexible as our customers need us to be.

We relish the unconventional: There’s always a better way to do business. We take pride in achieving what others think is impossible, and our unique approach has helped us win every property lending award going.

We’re part of something bigger: We’re proud to be part of Octopus, a group of innovative companies that are determined to create better futures for everyone by taking care of their financial security, health and wellbeing.

Meet the Team
Everyone at Octopus Property has an instinctive understanding of the needs of landlords, developers and property investors. It’s in our DNA. And it means we’ll never stop working to be the UK’s most flexible and customer-focused funding partner.
Leadership team
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Mario Berti
CEO
Mario joined Octopus Investments in 2010 as Head of Specialist Finance and chaired the Investment Committee for seven years. He was previously a board member of NM Rothschild & Sons. Mario read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Ludo Mackenzie
Head of Commercial Property
Ludo joined Octopus Property in 2013, having previously worked at Henderson Global Investors, where he managed the UK element of seven pan-European funds. Before that Ludo held roles at Melford Capital and LaSalle Investment Management. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
D'mitri Zaprzala
Head of Sales
D’mitri joined Octopus investments in 2011, where he worked on the tax-efficient product range, focused on IHT, VCT and EIS markets. He currently runs a team of Business Development Managers. Before joining Octopus, D’mitri worked for Chelsea Building Society.
Nick McAuliffe
COO
Nick joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously, as a founding member of the executive team at Shawbrook Bank he helped the business to a successful IPO in 2015. Prior to that, Nick also held senior positions at Commercial First, GE Capital and First National Bank.
Commercial team
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Dominic Gibson
Fund Manager
Dominic joined Octopus Property in 2014. Previously, he was a fund manager at Active Group, where he managed a £175m portfolio. Prior to that, Dominic was a fund manager at Ekistics Property Investors and was also an investment surveyor at JLL. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
James Nunn
Fund Manager
James joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously, he worked for D2 Private, a boutique investment management and development business, where he was an Associate. Before this, James held surveyor roles at CBRE and at BNP Paribas. James is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
Nick Westoby
Fund Manager
Nick joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously, he was at Hatfield Philips International (Starwood Capital Group), where he was the senior member of its UK Real Estate team. Nick has also held origination roles at Gatehouse Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland. Nick is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
Development team
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Emma Burke
Head of Development Origination
Emma joined Octopus Property in October 2015. She has over a decade of experience within financial services and real estate lending. Having started her career at Anglo Irish Bank, she moved to Investec Bank as Portfolio Manager within the structured property finance team.
Gavin Eustace
Head of Residential Development Credit
Gavin joined Octopus Property in 2014 and was recruited to help set-up the Residential Development Funding team. Before joining Octopus, Gavin spent ten years working in corporate real estate debt at Lloyds Bank, with a focus on the housebuilder and residential development sectors.
James Gibbs
Development Originator
James joined Octopus Property in 2016. Previously he was a founding member of a venture capital backed start-up called EatFirst. James holds a First-Class Honours degree in BSc Business.
Jamie Rahder
Development Originator
Jamie joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously he worked within the Property Finance team at Hampshire Trust Bank. Jamie graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Economics.
Martyn Pollock
Refurbishment and Light Development Origination Manager
Martyn joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously he ran a property development business in West London focused on residential developments and refurbishments. Martyn also spent four years as a corporate lawyer specialising in Private Equity transactions.
Paul Watson
Development Origination Manager
Paul joined Octopus Property in 2017, having previously worked for Jones Lang LaSalle, The Royal Bank of Scotland and a successful private property company. Paul is a Registered Chartered Surveyor.
Sales team
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Alex Alexandrou
Business Development Manager - East
Alex joined Octopus Property in 2016. Prior to that, he managed an estate agents for three years, and also working in foreign exchange for two years, working on hedging products for the corporate sales team.
Carl Graham
Business Development Manager - North
Carl joined Octopus Property in 2018. He has spent 15 years working in the financial services industry, previously working for Advantage Homeloans, Beacon Homeloans and more recently Bridgebank Capital.
Charlotte Williams
Business Development Manager - South and North West
Charlotte joined Octopus Property in 2015, initially starting as an international Business Development Manager. Previously she worked for BankWest in Sydney, Australia.
Chris Scott
Business Development Manager - London
Chris joined Octopus Investments in 2014 before moving to Octopus Property in 2016. Previously he worked for a global insights and consultancy firm as part of their graduate scheme. He has a First-Class degree in Economics.
Claire Perrin
Business Development Manager - Home Counties
Claire joined Octopus Property in 2017. She has spent 15 years in retail banking, holding roles as a mortgage adviser, private banking manager and branch manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as nine years in investment banking and wealth management with Deutsche Bank.
Dan Murray
Business Development Manager - London
Dan joined Octopus Property in 2015. Previously he worked as a relationship manager for BlackRock.
Doug Bowley
Business Development Manager - South and North West
Doug joined Octopus Property in 2017. Previously he spent three years on a Futures Trading Floor for a small hedge fund, and two years as a foreign exchange consultant for a currency brokerage.
Ellis Farley
Business Development Manager - London
Ellis joined Octopus Property in 2017, having previously worked in business origination for Clean Tech Asset Management.
James Collins
Business Development Manager - London
James joined Octopus Property in 2017. He previously worked at an Australian start-up mortgage brokerage, Shore Financial, before moving to Westpac Bank, before moving to London. James graduated from University of Technology Sydney with a degree in Business, majoring in Accounting and Economics.
Jamie Russell
Business Development Manager - East
James joined Octopus Property in May 2017. Before moving into financial services, he served as a Captain in the Infantry, having trained at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Lauren Gill
Business Development Manager - West
Lauren joined Octopus Investments in 2013, working as a Business Development Manager for its tax-efficient investment range. She joined Octopus Property in 2016. Previously Lauren worked for Barclaycard in their payment solutions department, working with SME businesses.
Mia Colgan
Business Development Manager - London
Mia joined Octopus Property in 2014. Mia started as a team administrator before joining the Sales team as a Business Development Manager. Mia has a degree in Psychology.
Sam Wisker
Business Development Manager - London
Sam joined Octopus Property in 2015 and has worked his way up from a junior role to Business Development Manager for the London region. He graduated from Bristol with a degree in Economics and Management.
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