Paymentshield appoints two distribution directors as James Watson retires

Paymentshield has created two director of distribution roles prompted by the retirement of sales director James Watson.

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Rozi Jones
30th March 2022
Emma Green Rana Ali Paymentshield
"Rana and Emma have been instrumental to Paymentshield’s growth and propositional development over the past decade or so."

Emma Green and Rana Ali will both be promoted into the new roles, with Emma responsible for Paymentshield’s mortgage and financial adviser-related partnerships and Rana the lettings and fintech/proptech distribution.

Between them, Green and Ali have clocked over 30 years at Paymentshield, with both initially joining the Southport-based company a year apart – as key accounts manager and telephone account manager respectively.

Emma Green has over 20 years’ experience in the mortgage sales industry – including 15 years at Paymentshield, with the last five spent as head of intermediary sales. She has particular expertise in building relationships and panel appointments with key networks including Openwork, SBG, Mortgage Intelligence, MAB and Quilter.

Part of the Paymentshield business for a similarly long time – over 14 years – Ali has worked his way up the ranks to now co-lead the GI provider’s sales activity. This includes the last seven years as head of business development with responsibility for driving the company’s lettings proposition.

The double internal promotion follows the retirement of James Watson after 37 years’ in financial services and 20 in insurance – including a stint as Paymentshield’s acting chief executive in 2015.

Rob Evans, CEO of Paymentshield, commented: “James has been a fundamental part of our success and what he has brought to the team, the business and the industry has been incredible. On behalf of everyone in Paymentshield, I can only thank him for his invaluable contribution and wish him all the best for a happy retirement.

“Of course, despite the loss we feel at James’s retirement, it’s fantastic that we are able to promote internally, as it speaks to the high-calibre of Paymentshield’s staff and the team James built.

“Rana and Emma have been instrumental to Paymentshield’s growth and propositional development over the past decade or so. I’m sure their success will continue in their new roles and it’s a privilege to have them as part of Paymentshield’s leadership team.”

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