We created South Yorkshire Money with a vision of having excellent, happy brokers there to assist our clients with a friendly but professional service.  We specialise in mortgages for clients with imperfect credit history or circumstances when a High Street lender cannot help. We cater for all kinds of enquiries though:  From first time buyers to later life borrowers and all in-between.

Danny Clayton, Director

Danny Clayton, Director

Danny has worked in the mortgage industry since 2009, he has experience in nearly all forms of advice having worked as a face to face advisor in a large national Estate agency role to working over the telephone on website and telephone based clients.  Although his experience is vast the area of the job he enjoys the most is helping clients with specialist needs and requirements and clients who maybe didn’t think they could get a mortgage. Looking for a way to work inline with his own beliefs Danny joined The Money Group and set up South Yorkshire Money LTD, with a view to having a company where targets are none existent, the vision is to have happy advisors, assisting clients where the client journey and experience is number one priority.

Dream job?  Well apart from owning my own mortgage brokerage I did always want to be a commercial pilot, I am a full on aviation geek.

Hobbies & interests:  I am sure me and Billy will get on as I am also an avid Sheffield United fan, although I am not as committed as Billy these days, due to my two teenage daughters, two dogs and a cat.  I do like to get out for a beer or two at the weekend though if I can.

What was your first car?  A white Ford Escort, well it was my Mum’s car really but it was my first taste of freedom.

Who would play you in a film?  Being a massive fan of the Sopranos I would love to say James Gandolfini but as he is unfortunately no longer with us I would have to go with Kevin James as apparently I look like him.

Last Holiday?  Spent a lovely two weeks in Crete, enjoying the sun, beer and Ouzo.

 

Michelle Leyland, Director

Michelle Leyland, Director

Michelle is a very experienced adviser with over 16 years’ experience in Financial Services advising clients.  Starting her career as a cashier at Skipton Building Society in 2002, Michelle worked up to management, running over 10 branches.  In 2011, Michelle decided to try the broker market and worked in new builds for 4 years before moving to the Mortgage Advice Bureau in 2015 specialising in re-mortgages and eventually moving into the estate agency arm of the business until 2018.

Favourite Quote? ‘do what is right, not what is easy’

First record ever bought? Kylie Minogue and Jason Donavon – especially for you – on vinyl!

First car? A Citroen Saxo, sporty blue with an embarrassingly yellow and blue interior (cringe)

Favourite film? too many to mention, Dirty dancing, karate kid, the body guard, bridesmaids….. I could go on!

Who would play you in a film? I’d like to say Charlize Theron but it’s probably more like Charity Dingle –  a rough diamond like me

Ideal night out? My favourite gastro pub, red wine next to the cosy fire

Favourite biscuit? anything with chocolate

Last holiday? Portugal in October… it rained a lot!

What do Michelle’s clients say about her? Having someone like Michelle in your corner is invaluable! Someone there who will answer any questions you might have quickly and in a way you will understand. I would definitely recommend South Yorkshire Money to anyone looking for expert advice from down to earth professionals! - Roisin, Doncaster
 

 

Amy Cory, Protection Specialist

Amy Cory, Protection Specialist

Amy has worked in the Financial Services Industry now for over 16 years, having experience in both Mortgage and Protection advice. Since 2008 she decided to specialise in protection only, as she felt this area of the industry was too often over looked from an advice point of view, and was as equally as important if not more, as it can offer financial security and help in the times of need and when clients are at their most vulnerable.

Why Did you make the move From Mortgage Advice to Protection Advice? When we buy our 1st house or forever homes, we don’t like to think of the worst, or ever losing the roof over our head, after all “we are all invincible right? And it will never happen to us”, but it does happen and circumstances can arise that are out of our control. I like to think that I help take away the Financial Stress and burden, so that people can focus their attention on their main priorities. 

Favourite Quote? Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. (I live by this quote)

Favourite thing to do? Family Time, with My 3 favourite Humans, My Husband, My Daughter and My Son.

How do you Relax? Once The clan are in bed, A Glass of Malbec and a good old True Crime Documentary.

Favourite Biscuit? I’m more of a Savoury person, can I just pick a sausage roll?

Who would play you in a film? I’d like to say Jennifer Aniston, but if you ask anyone else or My husband they would say Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby from Coronation Street) or Kellie Bright (Linda Carter from EastEnders), I get a lot of stick from my Family and Friends for being a cross between the two of them. 

Favourite Place to Holiday? Florida every time, once the kids grow up and leave home, I will still be standing at the Disney Parades, waving like I need a life guard.
 

David Fearn – Specialist Mortgage Broker

David Fearn – Specialist Mortgage Broker

Favourite Quote? Success is no accident.

First record ever bought? Red hot chilli Peppers – Aeroplane – On Cassette. 

First car? Corsa Sport – Loved the car, didn’t love the insurance premiums!

Favourite film? Band of Brothers 

Who would play you in a film? E.T

Ideal night out? Japanese Restaurant, with plenty of sake!

Favourite biscuit? Jaffa Cake – technically classed as a Biscuit.

Last holiday? Staycation with the family at Tattershall Lakes 

What do David’s clients say about him? I had tried many other sources to obtain a mortgage, but due to a historical blemish on my credit file plus my age and type of mortgage required, I had been unable to get a mortgage offer. David Fearn overcame all obstacles to provide a mortgage product that was both suitable for my needs and most competitive. David always answered my (many) questions quickly and provided an excellent service. I have and will continue recommending him to all. Richard A – Cumbria
 

Chloe Ficken – Specialist Mortgage Broker

Chloe Ficken – Specialist Mortgage Broker

Chloe joined the South Yorkshire Money team in March 2019 after previously working as a mortgage adviser for Mortgage Advice Bureau where she joined as part of their academy and gained all her qualifications. Previous to this Chloe was a retail store manager where she developed exceptional customer service skills. Chloe is extremely pleased to be part of the South Yorkshire Money team and is very excited to be helping South Yorkshire money clients into their new homes. 

Hobbies & interests – Reading and shopping, I love settling down with a good book and sometimes there’s nothing better than a little bit of retail therapy to pick you up. 

First car – a ford KA, I only bought it in 2015 and it still had a cassette player in it! 

First CD bought – It was the Bewitched album (embarrassingly), I remember the cover was orange and the full band were jumping in the air all wearing double denim, I must’ve spent hours with C’est La Vie on repeat. 

Last holiday destination – Rhodes in June 2018, it was the first time I’d been to Greece or any of it’s islands and I cant wait to go back and see some more, the beaches were beautiful!

Favourite Food – Probably cake it doesn’t matter if it’s a cream cake, a chocolate cake or a fruit cake I’ll eat it. 
 

Adam Bashford, Mortgage Advisor

Adam Bashford, Mortgage Advisor

Adam has 10 years of experience in the mortgage industry, having previously been a broker for a high street estate agency and also as part of a new build broker. During this time Adam has experience of dealing with clients both face to face and over the telephone to provide solutions for various different circumstances, even when clients have been turned down elsewhere. Prior to being a broker Adam worked in other estate agents and banks in varying other roles providing him with a background knowledge of the house buying process.

Hobbies & Interests - most of these are sport related, I play cricket regularly during the summer and like to watch Rotherham United as often as possible. My other passion in my spare time is poker and was previously sponsored by a company to play.

First car - a ford fiesta which I struggled to fit in!

Favourite film - Lord of the Rings

Last Holiday - a stag do to Albufeira in Portugal

Favourite band - Oasis
 

 

Alan Braithwaite, Specialist Mortgage Advisor

Alan Braithwaite, Specialist Mortgage Advisor

As of April 2019 I have 15 years’ experience as a mortgage advisor working for numerous brokers including 3 years within the corporate world with The Halifax. I have spent the last 20 years working for Whitegates Estate Agents where I spent the first 10 years as the mortgage adviser.

Working with high street Banks as well as more specialist lenders, helping clients buy their first homes & forever homes including clients who are unable to obtain mortgage finance on the high street due to poor credit or short term self-employed for example.

Being a landlord myself I can also appreciate the frustration sometimes experienced when dealing in the But To Let market & my knowledge & experience helps me greatly when I am helping other established or would be landlords with financing their new investment. 

I live with my partner, Helena of 20 years & her son Jack. We moved in together for the second time in August 2018. It's a long story!
We are currently contemplating getting a dog but not having had a pet myself before, I am still not sure if I am ready for such a commitment but excited at the prospect.

We love to holiday in Cornwall & mostly visit Newquay in apartments overlooking Fistral beach. We have been so many times, it's like a second home.

I genuinely love to help people regardless of the task at hand & cannot wait to get stuck into my role & get back into mortgages with South Yorkshire money on 29th April 2019.
 

Favourite Quote?  Nothing ventured nothing gained

First car? Chocolate Brown Triumph Dolomite Sprint purchased in 1987

Favourite film? Stand By Me

Ideal night out?  Drinks with friends, listening to a band in a pub then on to the local Italian or Indian restaurant.

Favourite biscuit? Anything covered in chocolate

Last holiday?   New York . Jan 2019. 

Who would play you in a film? Tom Hanks.
 
First Home? 2 bed terrace in 1995 which cost me £25000. I still own this now & let it out.

How do you Relax?  Weekend away in a nice hotel with my partner

What are your goals?  To retire soon enough to enjoy it.

Favourite thing to do?  Eat & drinking on weekends away
 

Billy Cooper, Case Manager

Billy Cooper, Case Manager

Billy's interest with business started at secondary school, where at GCSE he took Business and Finance.  He carried on that interest to college where he also studied Business and Finance. It amazed him all the different aspects of business and the different areas he could go into and develop his career.  He joined South Yorkshire Money LTD as He saw them as a forward thinking company who are looking to grow and he wanted to be a part of that.  He also intend to train as a mortgage advisor.

What are your hobbies outside of work?  I am an avid Sheffield United fan who for the past 5 years has travelled home and away every weekend.

What do you consider you best achievement so far?  Passing my driving test first time is something I am very proud of.

What was your first car?  A lovely little Ford Fiesta, I have recently upgraded to a new sportier version.

What are your goals?  My main goal is to be a qualified Mortgage Advisor, I hope to achieve this with the help of Danny and the team at SY Money within around 18/24 month and I will be putting in the hard work to achieve this.
 

 

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