CrowdProperty has appointed a new CTO as part of an expanded executive team.

The Birmingham-based property peer-to-peer lending platform has brought in Ian McManus following the appointments of chief commercial officer Damon Walford and chief financial officer Steve Morgan.

McManus has a proven track record of 20 years’ success in delivering disruptive, complex, technical projects through all stages of software platform delivery in both the US and the UK.

He has previously held a number of senior roles in innovative technology businesses including group CTO at Dining Alliance, and CTO and co-founder at FreshRealm, which saw him grow a FoodTech business from concept to $40 million valuation in under 18 months.

Mike Bristow, CEO of CrowdProperty, commented: “Ian is a strategic technology evangelist with a history of driving innovation, delivering technical excellence and bringing compelling, intuitive experiences to the user – values which align with the existing innovative and customer-centric FinTech/PropTech approach that contributes to CrowdProperty’s market leading status.

“Whilst the property expertise at the heart of the business is core to our offering, we’re increasingly being recognised for the innovative technology solutions that we bring to property project funding.

“In the last 18 months, we’ve won overall residential real estate lender of the year at the PropTech Breakthrough Awards, ranked #11 in BusinessCloud’s PropTech 50 – the UK’s most innovative property technology creating firms – and been named as the highest-growth technology business in the Midlands region in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50.

“The experience Ian brings in mentoring, coaching and motivating technical teams to successfully deliver products which make a real-world difference is very exciting in terms of both process efficiency and customer experience improvements that we are planning to continuously advance our services.”

McManus added: “It’s great to see the recognition CrowdProperty has already received for its FinTech/PropTech credentials – I look forward to continuing to drive forward this award-winning tech strategy.

“The business is growing at a phenomenal rate, due in part to the digital processes and systems that are in place which enable key business efficiencies. 

“The focus on continuous improvement of the customer experience on both sides of the market through a data-learning, tech-enabled, analytics and expertise-driven approach is to be expected from disruptive businesses with innovative cultures like CrowdProperty and I very much look forward to collaborating with the team on this.”