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New commercial challenger bank bolsters lending team with six new hires

Rozi Jones -
5th April 2018
Redwood Bank team
"Our new larger team means we can help more smaller businesses and property owners get access to finance and help with their growth plans."

Redwood Bank, the new challenger bank for SMEs which launched in August 2017, has hired six new lending specialists in response to growing demand for commercial mortgages.

Lee Casey has joined as a BDM for the South and East region, having previously worked for the HSBC Group in the Home Counties for 23 years.

John Hall joins the South and East team and brings over 40 years’ experience in banking to the team from brands such as Lloyds Bank and local challenger bank Cambridge & Counties.

Lynn Kemp has been appointed as business development officer for the South and East team.

The Warrington and The North West team has welcomed two new business development officers, responding to the increased amount of interest from businesses in the region.

Callum Finnigan joins the team from Royal Bank of Scotland and Joanna Carroll joins from RBS, where she specialised in supporting businesses with complex cases in and around Warrington and Liverpool.

Finally, Paul Holmes has joined the credit and underwriting team at the Bank’s Letchworth head office. Paul started his career in finance with GE Capital, where he was a mortgage underwriter for eight years. He then moved to the finance arm of Renault and Nissan before joining the Metro Bank commercial team, where he specialised in business lending.

The bank’s products include individually-assessed mortgages for business owners and professional landlords, as well as a range of savings accounts.

Chief executive officer and co-founder of Redwood Bank, Gary Wilkinson, said: “We are a dedicated and committed bank, so these attributes are always at the core of what we’re looking for in new members of staff.

“I’m delighted with our new recruits who will all play a key part in our development. I firmly believe they all bring something a little different to the table and we’re looking forward to welcoming them into the Redwood Bank family.

“We’re hugely proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short period of time and I’m confident all six new staff members will be pivotal in helping our customers meet their ambitions for 2018 and beyond.”

Graham Reynolds, commercial director, added: “Our new larger team means we can help more smaller businesses and property owners get access to finance and help with their growth plans. The team’s passion and experience will be of great value to our broker and business customers, who we have seen phenomenal interest from.”


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