Nick Taylor has been appointed as head of portfolio management – development lending at Saxon Trust following the recent, expansion of their funding lines.

Taylor is a structured finance, investment and treasury professional with diverse asset management experience, he has a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management and a Master of Science degree in investment management.

Most recently Taylor spent nearly 10 years at Coronado Property Developments Group in London and prior to this he worked for Botswana Insurance Fund Management (a member of the Sanlam Group), Fleming Asset Management and Stanbic Investment Management Services (part of the Standard Bank Group) during a decade spent in Botswana.

He began his career working for several leading companies in South Africa including Investec and the Brait Group.

During his time at Coronado, Taylor fulfilled a range of treasury, investment and finance functions including the management of substantial senior and mezzanine funding arrangements and a large book of equity investor’s capital.

He also established strong broker relationships from whom he sourced, arranged and negotiated a range of senior and mezzanine funding facilities for development projects.

Taylor will be sourcing and then conducting due diligence on new development and renovation loan enquiries. He will also be conducting site visits and building strong relationships with developers as well as monitoring and reporting on ongoing loans. Consequently, he will be working closely with both Saxon Trust’s chief investment officer and co-founder and director, Andrew Gardiner.

Taylor said: “My new role at Saxon Trust is both broad and exciting. With the business entering a scale-up growth phase I’m confident that my contacts and experience in the property development sector can make a difference.

“I’m particularly looking forward to getting out on site, meeting borrowers and helping them to deliver their projects successfully.”

Gardiner added: “This is the first of a series of key appointments we are looking to make as we gear up for 2022 and beyond. We are ending the year with a strong pipeline of cases and with Nick working closely with our brokers and getting out on site to meet and pro-actively assist developers we will be looking to maximise these opportunities and bring many more deals on board.