Louisa Sedgwick has stepped down as chair of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) following the news that she will be leaving her position of managing director, mortgages, at Vida at the end of March.
Jeremy Duncombe (pictured), the current deputy chair, will step into the role effective immediately.
Sedgwick assumed the position of chair in November 2019 – the first female chair of the organisation. Her leadership helped IMLA navigate the challenges presented by the Covid-19 crisis, and she was instrumental in lobbying for government support for non-bank lenders throughout this period.
Sedgwick will leave her current position at Vida at the end of March, and will be joining Tandem Bank on 1 October after a period of gardening leave.
Kate Davies, executive director of IMLA, said: “I am very grateful to Louisa for all the hard work she has done during her time as Chair – some of which is not directly visible to all members, but which is nonetheless extremely important in representing members’ views to those who need to hear them.
“She has been pivotal in adding value to our membership throughout an extremely challenging 14-month period, and it’s disappointing that she’s unable to continue in this role for the remainder of her term. We wish her every success in her new role and look forward to welcoming her back into our ranks later this year.
“In the meantime, we’re delighted that Jeremy, who has long been a trusted member of IMLA’s Management Committee, is to take over as chair.”
Sedgwick added: “IMLA plays a fundamental role in supporting intermediary lenders by providing them with a unified voice, as well as a forum to discuss and debate key industry issues. I would have loved to have finished my full term as IMLA’s first female chair, however, I know the Association is in safe hands with Jeremy.”