About us

Craig and Richard took the opportunity in 2013 to step away from RBS. Craig and Richard set up an office in Haywards Heath and have built relationships with a number of estate agents and professionals both locally and in London and have quickly established a book of clients through their customer service and professionalism. In September 2013 Craig & Richard decided the time was right to set up on their own and Wooton & Bean was born.​


Richard Wooton, Director

Richard is one of the Directors of the company and has over 18 years’ experience in banking and finance. Having started his career at RBS in 1997 he worked in a number of back office roles before becoming part of front line sales team as a customer advisor. Richard became mortgage qualified in 2001 and dealt with mortgages within RBS Private Banking along with specialist lending including Bridging and Second Charge finance. Richard became a Business Development Manager in 2004 for Private Banking dealing with some of London’s top brokerage firms.

Richard’s specialist areas include - Residential mortgages, BTL mortgages and portfolios, Bridging, Specialist high value mortgages.


Craig Bean, Director

Craig is one of the Directors of the company and has over 15 years’ experience in banking and finance. Having started his career at RBS in 1997 he worked in a number of back office roles before becoming part of front line sales team as a customer advisor. Craig was quickly promoted through the ranks to Private Banking where he managed a portfolio of wealthy clients looking after their banking and lending requirements. Craig had a spell in business banking where he built up a knowledge of varying businesses and understanding of accounts. Craig also arranged finance for his business customers including Asset finance, Invoice finance, and property finance. He was also involved in a number of development projects in a busy Brighton Market. Craig moved with the Bank to London in 2006 where he became a business development manager for Private Banking. He quickly adapted to his new surroundings building up a book of introducers and generating a multi-million pound book of lending that was varied in complexities. This move has been pivotal in Craig’s carer, building a name for himself amongst some of London’s most prestigious mortgage brokerages for his knowledge and ability to structure a deal through one of the toughest periods our economy has seen.

Craig’s specialist areas include – Residential mortgages, Bridging, commercial and Development finance.


Josh Sisley, Mortgage Advisor

Josh is a mortgage advisor within Wooton & Bean bringing 7 years of customer service and banking experience to the table. Having started his career at RBS, Josh has excelled in the banking industry starting as a cashier working up to a Customer Advisor in the front line sales team running a portfolio of 650 clients as well as branch network clients. During his time at RBS, Josh built up a range of knowledge by advising on a wide range of clients’ needs and lending requirements. Moving to Wooton & Bean in October 2015, Josh started as an administrator providing assistance to Craig and Richards clients throughout the application process. During Josh’s time with Wooton & Bean, he has achieved full CEMAP status and gained vital experience within the industry to be able to give the best advice possible. Outside of the office, Josh enjoys playing golf and football.

Josh’s specialist areas include - Residential Mortgages, Adverse Credit Mortgages, BTL Mortgages, Debt Consolidation, Right To Buy Mortgages, Help To Buy Equity Loan Scheme Qualification & Mortgage Advice, Life Cover and General Insurance Advice.


Elliot Beesley, Mortgage Advisor

Elliot joined Wooton & Bean in 2016 from Bournemouth University where he studied Finance and Economics. During this time, he worked at Charles Stanley Wealth Management as a Branch Assistant where he predominantly dealt with compliance before returning to complete the final year of his studies. In Elliot’s first year with Wooton & Bean he completed his CeMAP qualifications whilst simultaneously undertaking an administrative role. This role gave Elliot the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the industry, regulatory requirements and client management skills, all of which supported Elliot in his transition to one of our trusted advisors. In his spare time Elliot likes to train and compete in Triathlons and also enjoys other team sports such as Football and Lacrosse.

Elliot’s specialist areas are inclusive of but not limited to Residential Mortgages, BTL Mortgages, Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme Qualification and advice.


James Smith, Mortgage Advisor

James joined Wooton & Bean in November 2017 bringing five years’ experience in retail banking. Having started his career at Nationwide Building Society, James worked in personal banking offering a wide range of products and services. Moving from Nationwide to Countrywide Mortgage Services, James took on the role as Mortgage & Protection Consultant but moved to Wooton & Bean to build his knowledge in the whole of market mortgage industry. Outside the office, James enjoys music, films and walking on the Sussex Downs.


Mike Mckernan, Commercial Mortgage Advisor

Mike brings 29 years lending experience with The Royal Bank Of Scotland Plc to his role at Wooton & Bean. Mike prides himself on building relationships with customers and lenders to enable the right match of business services and products whilst providing excellent customer service. Outside of the office Mike is a keen cyclist and also enjoys travelling.


Dan Carr, Insurance & Protection Specialist

Dan joined in December 2018. Having previously worked at Nationwide Building Society as a Personal Banking & Insurance Manager, he brings with him 4 years of retail banking experience where he dealt with a large clientele within the East Sussex area, looking after their banking, insurance and borrowing needs.  Outside of the office, he enjoys long walks around the local area and socialising with friends.

Dan’s specialist areas include - Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection and Whole of Life Cover.


Leia Hall, Mortgage Administrator

Leia joined Wooton & Bean in 2018 as a Mortgage Adminstrator, having been a Senior Sales Negotiator for a well-know local estate agent. She brings with her 9 years of estate agency experience in both residential sales and property management, passing her NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Lettings and Property Management with flying colours, she thrives to be knowledgeable in all areas of work under taken. Prior to her time within this sector she worked in retail working her way up to part of the management team accumulating 13+ years of customer service along the way. Outside the office Leia enjoys swimming, socialising with family and friends and taking her dog out for walks in the Sussex Countryside.