Tony Ward


Tony Ward, based in London, is focused on business and relationship development in the UK mortgage and broad financial services sectors. Tony will also bring his significant executive experience to support the robust governance and strategic direction of the company.

  • Established and ran one of the first European mortgage securitisation businesses
  • Pioneered the use of securitisation and structured finance in the UK
  • Senior roles including Group Treasurer, CFO, CEO and Chairman of retail banking and mortgage business in the UK
  • Acquired major UK mortgage lender and completed a whole business securitisation
  • Launched first UK Flexible Current Account mortgage and securitised it
  • Launched a start-up mortgage Special Servicer JV with German regional Bank
  • Helped launch a UK Fintech Market place lender
  • Twice Chairman of Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association
  • Chairman of Cross industry Mortgage Funding Group to tackle funding and liquidity needs in the GFC
  • Deputy Chairman of the Council of Mortgage Lenders and Executive committee member

Simon Collingridge


Simon Collingridge, based in London, is focused on business development and ensuring effective delivery of services to UK clients. Simon will bring his significant experience in mortgages, credit ratings, risk analysis and structured finance for the development and delivery of bespoke risk solutions for clients and lead Fortrum’s strategic development in European jurisdictions beyond the UK & Netherlands.

  • Led EMEA Surveillance for global Rating Agency
  • Established and led first European Servicer Ranking programme for global Rating Agency
  • Headed mortgage origination operations for UK top four lender
  • Built and led UK mortgage operations for major French bank and
  • Led mortgage operations for UK insurance company
  • Managed securitisation operations for UK’s first serial RMBS issuer
  • Member European Central Bank Securitisation Working Group
  • Member AFME Securitisation Executive Committee

Michel van der Sluis


Michel van der Sluis, based in Utrecht, is responsible for strategic and and day to day business for all consultancy assigments in the Netherlands and management of the Dutch consultancy team. He is a seasoned financial professional with deep knowledge and practical experience of being a trusted partner for top tier financiel organisations.

  • 13 years’ experience in the financial services industry in the Netherlands
  • As a consultant supported large banks, international institutional investors, startup lenders & servicers
  • Worked in serval roles for ABN AMRO and ING
  • Former lobbyist at the Dutch Banking Association
  • Led the implementation of the Mortgage Credit Directive at several Banks and Mortgage Lenders

He is also involved in our Due Diligence assignments across Europe

Jaap van Raak


Jaap van Raak, based in Utrecht is responsible for strategic and the day to day business for all Due diligence of the company across Europe. He is a financial service professional that understands the front and the back end of the mortgage sector, a commercially driven and enthusiastic personality with a good network within the financial services industry.

  • 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry in the Netherlands
  • As a consultant supprted large banks, lenders, servicers and local governments
  • Worked in several roles for Mortgage Lenders and Banks
  • Previously worked at De Hypotheker and De Hypotheekshop managing the product range and product development
  • Was responsible for maintaining and enhancing the terms and conditions at The Dutch Mortgage Guarantee Fund (NHG).

He is also involved in consultancy assignments.