"This immediately dials up our capability in the commercial space "
Shawbrook has appointed Rob Lankey as director of commercial investment.
Lankey has 30 years of experience in the industry and has held previous roles at Aldermore, The NACFB and most recently, Amicus.
He will now be leading the growth of Shawbrook’s commercial investment arm, which the firm says is a key area of focus in 2019.
Additionally, Shawbrook is adding 15 new members to this team including several senior underwriters as well as credit risk and lending operations staff.
New faces include Mike Williams, David Stiff, Luke Watson and Steve Prydderch, with Lankey leading the team to deliver the Bank's growth plans in the commercial and semi-commercial investment space.
Rob Lankey said: “I’m delighted to be joining Shawbrook at such an exciting time, both for the business and the market. Portfolio investors in the commercial space represent a key demographic for the UK, and supporting these businesses with their growth plans via the broker channel is a big part of Shawbrook’s future plans.
"Shawbrook has always led from the front with innovative products and a strong service proposition, and this is culturally something with which I am very familiar given my previous roles. I know the team well from my time in the industry and am looking forward to hitting the ground running in the summer.”
Emma Cox, sales director, at Shawbrook Commercial Mortgages, added: “Rob has a wealth of experience across the commercial landscape and having him take on this important role within the senior leadership team is a big win. This immediately dials up our capability in the commercial space and along with on-going investment in other areas of the business, demonstrates our appetite to grow in all our specialist markets.
At a time where there is some industry turbulence from a lender perspective, it is encouraging to be able to make firm commitments for the future in support of brokers and property professionals.”