About Us

LendInvest is the UK’s leading online marketplace for property finance.

Our story began in 2008 when our co-founders, Christian Faes and Ian Thomas, launched Montello Bridging Finance to fill a critical funding gap for property investors and developers during the financial crisis. Montello soon became an established leader in specialist short-term property finance and was rebranded as LendInvest in 2013.

Today, LendInvest is recognised as one of the most active specialist property finance lenders in the UK. To date we have lent £1 billion of property finance to landlords, investors and developers to buy, build and renovate almost 3,000 homes across the UK.

Find out more about LendInvest, our story and our track record here.

Henley Business School

The LendInvest Property Developer Academy was established in 2016 in collaboration with academics from Henley Business School, part of the University of Reading. The support of a renowned leader in property development education ensures the quality and relevance of the evolving course syllabus and all teaching material.

The LendInvest Property Development Academy Team

Ian Thomas

Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer

Chartered surveyor with property development and management with SEGRO Plc and Ballymore Group.

Christian Faes

Co-Founder & Chief Executive

Property lawyer in Australia, and then securitisation and corporate lawyer in London with Clifford Chance and Deutsche Bank.

Rod Lockhart

Managing Director, LendInvest Capital

A chartered surveyor and former senior director of CBRE Capital Advisors, advising UK and global institutional fund managers and pension scheme clients on real estate investments.

Steve Larkin

Head of Development

Steve spent 26 years at RBS, most recently he was the manager of Residential Development in the financial restructuring team. He has held a range of senior roles in real estate credit, restructuring and origination.

Pat McAllister

Professor of Real Estate at The University of Reading

Pat teaches in the areas of real estate development and appraisal. He has published widely on a range of topics linked to real estate appraisal, development, management and investment.