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!

Jamie Benn

Financial Advisor

How did you get into the role?
After starting in the retail banking sector I discovered one area of business more than any other was often confused and hard to get the best deal as a client was your mortgage, savings rates were so similar between banks but mortgage rates vastly different. I wanted to understand why so after passing my exams in 2015 Craig offered me a chance to step into the market full time to learn the business.

What do you love about what you do?

I love changing a complex mess or situation into a clear one, problems happen before you meet a client so to take the stress away of a part of their purchase feels great. I also like to break down the detail into manageable chunks for my clients so we can make decisions together, i like to empower my clients with new knowledge so they can make an informed decision with my guidance.
How do you describe your job to family?

My job is a 24/7 responsibility and I can get a call from a client for a simple remortgage or from a lender wanting to discuss the floor plan of a new homes site being built, and everything in between. It’s also a great way to meet people, discover more about them and make sure they’re interests are looked after.

What powers you through the day?
I don’t feel like it’s a sprint, more like a marathon and the only way to keep going is to keep your head up and focus on the positives!

If you weren’t a mortgage advisor, what job would you love to do?
Sounds like a jump but an electrician, after recently renovating my home, I’ve found it’s the job that sounds impressive but mainly involves pulling wires, not that dirty!

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Two days of only good news on the mobile, cooking with my partner, beer in hand and preferably a nice view of the sea.

The one tune that motivates you?
Bakermat – Baiana

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.

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