Kunal Mehta
Kunal MehtaManaging Director
Kunal has a passion for service and delivery that developed from his career as an airline pilot.

With a personal interest in property investment and development, Kunal founded SDKA in 2016.

He drives the team to assist clients to support their business growth.

“SDKA give everybody a fair chance, if we sense business acumen we support, we are not blinkered by a lack of experience.
It is incredibly rewarding to know that our team add value to what our clients are doing, assisting them grow their portfolios and their wealth.”

Scot Tsang
Scot TsangHead of Operations and In-House Legal
Scot worked in collaboration with SDKA in his previous legal role and brought his legal expertise to us.

Scot manages operational and strategic initiatives, and with his legal background has been pivotal in ensuring the speedy completion of cases.

“I genuinely enjoy the human aspects of the property industry, whether it’s dealing with someone’s home, business or investment – nothing gets people talking and worked up as much as real estate! It’s great to be part of the emotional journey with clients and to help them fulfil their dreams and goals. With property, there is a very tangible end result. I love walking past and pointing out buildings that I’ve been involved with.”

Steve Allen
Steve AllenBusiness Development Manager
Steve is a key contact for brokers and introducers.

With an extensive career in the financial services industry spanning over 25 years and having worked as a broker, Steve is able to have an understanding of what brokers want from a lender.

“I am enthusiastic about the relationship that I have with my broker contacts, maintaining and nurturing that through visiting them. I have built great friendships with some of my brokers.
I joined SDKA due to the way that they operate; they are renowned for top notch service and speed which other lenders struggle to match, that is very important to me, great service and an ability to deliver loans quickly.”

Paul Gammond
Paul GammondPortfolio Manager
As Portfolio Manager at SDKA, Paul collaborates closely with the broader team, assuming accountability for efficiently overseeing the relationships between SDKA, the brokers, and the borrowers to add value and support clients throughout their projects and beyond.

With an extensive background in the finance industry, Paul is equipped with the expertise and technical knowledge to provide unparalleled customer service. His role is not merely about resolving issues; it’s about building relationships, fostering trust, and exceeding expectations at every touchpoint whilst overseeing the servicing of loans.

“In portfolio management, I leverage my interpersonal skills alongside my bridging finance knowledge to build professional relationships. I am genuinely passionate about nurturing the valuable connections I share with clients.”

Chris Edwards
Chris EdwardsHead of Underwriting
Chris leads the Underwriting team, ensuring that the team works alongside not only brokers and clients but also professionals such as surveyors and legal teams to enable a speedy completion.

Chris has a considerable career in lending which has given him a sound understanding of property and the credit process.

“The best thing about working in Bridging is the ability to structure a deal – coming from a Bank/Building Society one of the biggest frustrations is the ‘tick box or computer says no’ approach to lending that some of those institutions have become known for.”

Gemma Carson
Gemma CarsonUnderwriter
Gemma joined the underwriting team and is responsible for seeing a case to completion.

Gemma’s background is in lending and finance, with an interest in secured commercial, development and bridging finance. Her finance career spans across 18 years and gives an excellent grounding for fast efficient decision making required in bridging.

“I love helping others, supporting my colleagues with workloads and assisting clients to achieve their current and future goals.
I enjoy a busy pipeline of deals, learning and building my knowledge.”

Alex Swan
Alex SwanUnderwriter
Alex is part of he Underwriting team. He is responsible for seeing a deal to completion.

After graduating from University, Alex joined the specialist lending sector as a graduate and has enjoyed the opportunity to apply his logical mind to decision making on a deal.

“I love the analysis and practical reasoning that is involved in specialist lending, moving away from tick box activities and applying logical thought to the decision making process.”

Sooryakanth Pillai
Sooryakanth PillaiBook Keeper
Soorya oversees all financial matters at SDKA, drawing from extensive experience in accounting, auditing, and finance. His expertise greatly bolsters SDKA’s operations and provides invaluable support to senior management.

“With bridging finance growing exponentially joining SDKA is a good platform to perform my abilities and skills.”

Louise Helsby
Louise HelsbyMarketing Manager
Louise joined the SDKA team as Marketing Manager. Her extensive background positions her as a seasoned marketing professional adept at creating compelling content and driving brand awareness through innovative strategies.

“Marketing allows me to merge creativity with strategy, creating a powerful synergy that drives results. It is not just about promoting products or services; it’s about telling a story that resonates with people, executing campaigns that leave a lasting impact.”

Nisha Mehta
Nisha MehtaDirector and Head of Marketing
Nisha is part of the senior leadership team and having worked in marketing for around 20 years is responsible for the brand and vision of SDKA, working closely with all departments to develop our marketing strategy and communicating key messages both internally and externally.

“I love the diversity and opportunity to be creative in any situation.”

Vicky EllisonCompliance Consultant
Vicky’s role is to ensure that we adhere to all policies and processes in our sector, keeping the business on the right side of financial regulations.

Vicky has worked with SDKA for over 5 years.

“I get satisfaction from seeing the business and the team develop and grow, and building a great reputation in the market for operating both compliantly and in the best interests of their customers.”