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New Recruits | Carlos Thibaut and Liz Syms Appointed Chair & Vice Chair of SMP

New Recruits

New Recruits


Carlos Thibaut, previously serving as the CEO of 360Dotnet, has assumed the role of chair at the Society of Mortgage Professionals (SMP). Simultaneously, Liz Syms from Connect Group has been designated as the vice chair. This strategic new recruits brings seasoned industry leaders into key positions within the SMP, enhancing the organisation’s mortgage knowledge.

Thibaut’s wealth of experience and Syms’ expertise from Connect Group are expected to contribute significantly to the SMP’s objectives and initiatives. This change in leadership reflects a commitment to fostering collaboration and leveraging diverse skills to drive innovation and excellence in the mortgage professionals’ community.

Thibaut served as the group managing director at Lifetime Group, a wealth advisory firm, for an impressive 11-year tenure. Following this, he assumed the role of chief executive at 360Dotnet, showcasing his versatile leadership skills.

In 2019, after a successful four-year stint in this position, Thibaut made the decision to retire, marking the end of a distinguished career characterised by strategic management and executive

David Thomas
David Thomas, MD of Chadney Bulgin

acumen. His contributions to both organisations underscore his commitment to excellence in the financial and advisory sectors.

Thomas, who is also a joint managing partner of financial advice firm Chadney Bulgin, said: “I was honoured to be invited to take the inaugural chair of the Society of Mortgage Professionals some two years ago, during which time we have created a clear structure while steering through a pandemic. 

“I’m delighted to pass the chair to Carlos, who I know will drive the society further forward.” 

Carlos Thibaut
Carlos Thibaut, Chair of Society of SMP

Thibaut said: “Following the illustrious David Thomas as chair of the Society of Mortgage Professionals will be a considerable challenge but one that I’m looking forward to. We have an important role to play in supporting and promoting professionalism. Championing the benefits of seeking professional advice must be at the heart of our actions. 

“We have an extremely talented, experienced and skilled board, and I am genuinely excited about the opportunities for advisers, professional advice and the society over the coming years.”  

Liz Syms
Liz Syms, CEO and Founder of Connect

Liz Syms is chief executive of Connect Mortgages and Connect for Intermediaries. The latter supports over 250 mortgage advisers who operate in the mainstream and specialist markets.  

Syms said: “Helping advisers to increase their skills and professionalism while championing the consumer is the key aim and differentiator of the Society of Mortgage Professionals.  

 “I am really pleased to be part of the board and I am looking forward as the vice chair to supporting Carlos to increase the profile of the good work that the society does.” 

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