Meet the Team

We have a team of expert advisers working across all of our products and services to make sure we find the best solution for you, from retirement planning and equity release to pensions and investments.

Craig Skelton

Practice Principal

Craig has worked in financial services for more than seventeen years, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the business. He started his career at The Co-Operative Bank, and after spending five years as a Branch Manager, he moved into estate agency financial services. He managed a team of mortgage advisors and worked closely with estate agency colleagues. After spending eleven years working for various companies at a senior management level, Craig decided to set up his own financial services business, and CS Mortgage Solutions was born. Craig is passionate about providing a first-class service and his team provide a unique offering that focuses on help and advice throughout the various stages of the mortgage process. When he does have spare time, he enjoys spending it with his wife Sarah ideally travelling, watching his son Louis playing rugby league even though he still doesn’t get the rules or being walked by their two dog’s Buddy and Daisy. If you are looking for friendly, personalised, and trustworthy advice, contact Craig or his team now. They are more than happy to help!

Jason Murgatroyd

Financial Advisor

How did you get into the role?
I’ve worked in Financial services since I was 18, I bumped in to an old school friend who was driving his bosses ‘Nissan Bluebird’ I was so impressed that I asked him if he could get me a job, and the rest is history.

What do you love most about what you do?
I really enjoy meeting new people, and I am genuinely interested in hearing what makes people tick. I get a huge Buzz from being able to then help with those things which we all aspire to.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
I’ll never be a Millionaire, however I feel rich in satisfaction, by helping people to find the homes of their dreams and arranging everything for them to make it as simple as possible.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
A desire to help as many people as I can

If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Masterchef Judge

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Walking the dogs in Yorkshire Dales, Working my Garden, Eating Good Food and drinking Red Wine

The one tune that motivates you?
Dignity By Deacon Blue

One thing on your bucket list and why?
Glastonbury, I want to relive my youth

Shamraze Ahmed

Financial Advisor

How did you get into the role?
Upon meeting with Craig, I was impressed by the rapid growth of the company. Craig offered me the position and I simply couldn’t refuse.

What do you love most about what you do?
Flexibility. To be able to work as part of an amazing team, but at the same time being able manage my own schedule.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
Help people spend money on houses.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
A combination of caffeinated drinks.

If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Work for Mr Wonka at the chocolate factory.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Quality time spent with family and friends.

The one tune that motivates you?
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

One thing on your bucket list and why?
Travel the world in ‘style’

Mark Thompson

Equity Release Specialist

How did you get into the role?
Originally an Estate Agent I worked closely with Mortgage Advisers and when I decided on a career change felt the transition to becoming a Mortgage Adviser provided me with the opportunity to do something different whilst continuing in the property industry that was in my blood.

What do you love most about what you do?
I have always enjoyed assisting clients with their moving needs and get a real Buzz from helping people buy and finance their properties.

How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
I arrange mortgages for people and advise on their protection needs ensuring they will never face a situation where they could lose their home. I help them with all aspects of property purchase and if they so require I locate and negotiate a purchase on their behalf. With my 30 years of property experience I invariable save my clients many thousands of pounds in the process and make it as stress free as possible.

What ‘powers’ you through the day?
The many challenging situations that are thrown at me and the opportunity to solve them on my clients behalf.

If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
Management Consultant, I have always liked the thought of helping business owners to develop their companies

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
When the whole family gets to spend time together not forgetting Teddy the dog!.

The one tune that motivates you?
“I want it all” By Queen – As a guitar player myself I really love the energy create

One thing on your bucket list and why?
Visiting the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National in America. As an avid Golfer, experiencing the history and atmosphere of this world famous sporting event which is one of the worlds 4 golf majors, would be fantastic.

Lisa Harrison

Equity Release Specialist
How did you get into the role?
I had worked my way up in banks and building societies but the lack of choice for customers infuriated me so I just had to take the leap of faith and go get them a better choice as a broker.What do you love most about what you do?
Making clients happy, whether it be buying a new home, improving the one they have or simply saving them money and giving them piece of mind.How do you describe your job to your family and friends?
I help people get the home they want and save money.What ‘powers’ you through the day?
My kids Dylan and MeganIf you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
A wedding planner….hahaha I must love helping people with the most stressful life events possibleWhat’s an ideal weekend for you?
A Gin or two with the girls or watching Rugby on Friday night, Something fun with the kids on Saturday, see my family, then being wined and dined would be nice. Sunday morning in the fresh air watching my boy play rugby then home for a Sunday roast, bath and duvet and a movie with the kids.The one tune that motivates you?
I got a feelin….oooo…oooh that tonights gonna be a good nightOne thing on your bucket list and why?
To enjoy my grandchildren one day…..it means I haven’t worked myself to death before then!

Ieva Sirmaca

Equity Release Specialist

Ieva graduated with a degree in Economics but soon moved into financial services. She started her career at Santander Banking Group and has since worked with other large financial institutions, including a market leading estate agency as a Senior Mortgage Consultant. Ieva has a wealth of knowledge across all types of mortgages. In addition to her experience in providing mortgage and protection advice, Ieva has also ample knowledge in processing mortgage cases, which is beneficial as she can share her experience on the process that takes place post advice. When Ieva isn’t busy seeking the best deals for her clients, she enjoys to travel and experience new cultures. Ieva has a great passion for cooking and enjoys cooking for friends and family, although she professes her culinary skills are not completely perfected. Ieva has a warm and flexible approach, and endeavours for a smooth and pleasant process for all her clients.

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We care passionately about making financial advice accessible to all, in an easy to understand and friendly manner. We aspire to raise standards in all areas of financial advice and hope to challenge any negative industry perception by offering a genuine and trustworthy service.

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