About Us

Who are we?


Metro Mortgages Team

We are dedicated to creating a meaningful, long-term relationship with you that is based on understanding, knowledge and commitment to progress. We are a company of action: proactive, professional and committed to creating long-term success and financial progression for you, our client.

We understand that everyone's different, and that's why our financial planning approach is as individual as you. We know the financial side of life can be complex, and that's why we work hard to get to know you and your aspirations, through careful life planning and consultation. We then provide quality advice services and practical pathways to help you achieve the life you want.

With us, progress means development. Financial and life planning that helps you to navigate life's financial complications, free of financial ambiguity and safe in the knowledge that the professional team is at your side, every step of the way.

Our team are happy to meet at a day, time and location most convenient to you, with no obligation to you. These meetings are usually arranged by prior appointment.

Graeme Cumberland

Graeme Cumberland

Mortgage & Protection Consultant, CeMAP

After moving back to Newcastle in the late 90's, I fell into financial services, working for a bank advising on mortgages. It was whilst there that I gained my qualifications and a passion for helping clients finance their home. After becoming frustrated with the corporate world in 2005, I decided to set up on my own, hence Metro Mortgages. I have always ensured that we adopt the philosophy of a "straight talking approach" to ensure a hassle free process.

Those who know me would describe me as a big family man with a huge appetite for life. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, sport, travel and shooting.

Caroline Parkinson

Caroline Parkinson

Mortgage & Protection Consultant, CeMAP

After 29 years working for one of the major banks, the last 14 in various mortgage departments; starting as a Mortgage Adviser and working my way up to the North Regional Manager dealing with Mortgage Brokers, I decided the time had come for me to leave the Corporate world and set up on my own. Initially in 2008 I set up as a sole trader then last year joined forces with Metro Mortgages to combine 2 very successful businesses into a Partnership ensuring we will have continuity and service for our clients for many years to come.

On a personal note I enjoy walks in the Weardale countryside, where I live with my partner and our 2 black Labradors and family time with my grandchildren.

Paul Cooksley

Paul Cooksley

Mortgage & Protection Consultant, CeMAP

I previously worked as a fireman in the RAF, before changing careers and moving into finance. I enjoy travelling and sport and support Liverpool FC, but don’t let that put you off coming for a mortgage with me! It’s not just a transaction, or pushing you out the door as quickly as possible, but I’m here to help you to buy your first home, dream home or just save you some money!

Financial Conduct Authority Regulated, Professionally Qualified Adviser - CeMAP and Finalist for Best Newcomer at The British Mortgage Awards 2015.

I’m married with one daughter and I have two rabbits Cosmo and Mocha.

Lesley Monaghan

Lesley Monaghan

Case Manager

I have extensive experience both within the financial and customer service sector previously which has given me a solid foundation on which to support and progress our clients and their applications. My attention to detail, keen listening skills, and timely and accurate responses to enquiries make me the go-to person here at Metro Mortgages for case updates.

I am happily married to Ray and outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I am also partial to a spot of DIY and I enjoy travelling.

Janice Cumberland

Janice Cumberland

Office Manager

As Office Manager, it is my responsibility to liaise between the Mortgage and Protection Consultants and the admin team, to ensure all aspects of the business run smoothly. I also manage a range of projects aimed at improving the products and services we offer.

Before joining Metro Mortgages, I spent 18 years working for a major UK airline. I started in the sales team, followed by handling customer complaints and delivering training, and finally worked as a Project Manager for the Customer Relations team. This experience means I have a caring, personal approach when dealing with each of our clients’ needs, along with a proactive 'can do' attitude that delivers results.

Outside the office my passions are my family and travelling. I also enjoy showing and breeding miniature smooth-haired dachshunds.

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