Meet The Team

The Faces Behind Our Commitment

Discover the individuals who drive our dedication to excellence and guide you on your financial journey

Our Team

The Experts Behind Your Financial Success

Get to know the dedicated professionals who are committed to turning your financial aspirations into reality with expertise, transparency, and unwavering dedication

James Halstead

Managing Director

James is the MD of JAFS and set up the company in 2012 after having learnt his trade working within estate agency.

Passionate about delivering an exceptional customer service James takes pride in helping clients achieve their goals.

A keen sportsman James enjoys playing Golf, Squash and more recently Padel!

Outside of work James loves spending time with his children, Libby and Pippa, going to restaurants and travelling.

Laura Dibley

Personal Assistant

Laura is the personal assistant to our Managing Director and is the backbone of the company!

From initial phone call to managing the whole process through Laura loves making the mortgage transaction as seamless as possible for our clients.

Laura has worked in the mortgage industry since 2005 and started at James Alexander FS in 2019. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing and early morning walks with her Cockerpoo Bertie.

Simon Gibbs

Mortgage Broker

Simon has worked in property sales and lettings for 7 years and more recently working in the mortgage industry for 5 years as a whole of market broker. Simon really enjoys helping his clients purchase properties and realise their dreams.

In his spare time Simon likes chasing a little white ball all over a field – he calls it golf but we’re not so sure… He also enjoys spending time with family and friends and supporting his boyhood football team Aston Villa.

Julia Niedzwiedz

Mortgage Broker

Julia has been in the mortgage industry since 2020 and excels in delivering results for her clients. Fluent in Polish and English Julia has a great understanding of the needs of customers from many backgrounds. Julia has degree in Mathematics from Sheffield Hallam University.

In her spare time Julia loves spending time with her family, daughter Nina and dog called Calka.

Simon Hewitt

Mortgage Broker

Simon has been within the mortgage industry for nearly 20 years delivering outstanding customer service and building long term relationships.

Outside of work Simon enjoys spending time with his family, going on country walks and travelling the world.

He is an avid Nottingham Forest supporter and tries to attend as many matches as possible.

Simons goal in life is to climb Mount Everest.

Liz Hardcastle

Mortgage Broker

Liz has been in the financial services sector since 2000 and has spent much of her time working for Halifax as a Business Development Manager.

Liz started work as a broker with JAFS in 2020 and brings a wealth of experience to her role.

Outside of work Liz is Sheffield United’s biggest supporter and goes to many home and away games.

Other than support “the blades” Liz loves socialising, gym and walking her dog, Syd.

Claire Burley

Marketing Manager

Claire has been with JAFS since the start and is in charge of marketing and business development.

In her “spare time” Claire enjoys spending time with her husband, discovering new restaurants and travelling.

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