Carlos Thibaut, formerly CEO of 360Dotnet, is the new chair of the Society of Mortgage Professionals (SMP).
Mr Thibaut, who was group managing director of Lifetime Group before his role as CEO of customer relationship management software provider 360Dotnet, first joined the SMP board in 2019.
He replaces David Thomas, who is stepping down from the role after two years.
When asked about his plans, Mr Thibaut said: “Following the illustrious David Thomas as chair of the SMP will be a considerable challenge but one that I am looking forward to.
“We have an important role to play in supporting and promoting professionalism. Championing the benefits of seeking out professional advice must be at the heart of what we do. We have an extremely talented, experienced and skilled board, and I am genuinely excited about the opportunities for advisers, professional advice and the society over the coming years.”
Alongside Mr Thibaut’s appointment, Liz Syms, CEO of Connect Mortgages and Connect for Intermediaries, has been named as vice-chair of the SMP.
In 2012, Ms Syms set up the specialist mortgage network Connect for Intermediaries, which supports more than 250 mortgage advisers who operate not only in the mainstream market but also provide advice in specialist areas such as complex buy-to-let, commercial and bridging.
The SMP is a professional body dedicated to those working within the mortgage sector.
The society provides continuing professional development, good practice guidance and offers members the opportunity to give back to their local community through pro bono initiatives such as Forces Moneyplan.
For more information visit: www.smp.org.uk