Jason Oakley

Recognise expands regional teams

Recognise has made several new hires to its regional teams.

The company, which was recently granted authorisation with restriction to become Recognise Bank last week, has appointed Angela Norman as head of broker development, who will be based in the bank’s new Manchester hub.

Angela has over 29 years of experience within UK banking and fintech, having previously worked for Lloyds Bank, RBS, and Revverbank.

Recognise has also hired Ian Fields as a business development manager for Yorkshire and the North West.

In his new role, Ian will work closely with prospective customers to deliver tailored financial solutions, as well as engage with intermediaries and the wider professional community to build a regional franchise.

Prior to this, he worked at Aldermore, Yorkshire Bank and Allied Irish Bank.

Angela and Ian are joined in the Manchester hub by James Meigh, who was named regional director for the North.

He will provide a range of property and secured lending solutions for SME clients and intermediaries in the area.

Before joining Recognise, James held various roles at Barclays, Santander, and Nationwide Commercial Property Finance.

Throughout this year, the company has also made several hires to its Midlands and London teams.

Jackie Skelt was welcomed as the new regional director for London and the Midlands, to lead both teams to provide the SME market with a range of lending products.

She has over 20 years of experience in the sector, having worked in senior roles at various financial institutions, including NatWest, Santander, and Metro Bank.

Shami Sharma and Dave Bronson also joined Recognise’s London team as business development managers.

They both previously held relationship management roles at various financial companies, including NatWest and Metro Bank.

For the Midlands team, Recognise has appointed Jeremy Lloyd as a business development manager.

He joined the new SME bank following 29 years of experience at Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and two P2P lenders. 

Jason Oakley, CEO at Recognise (pictured above), said: “We are thrilled to add even more talent to our experienced team that will contribute to the growth of Recognise and our expansion within the regions.”

Bryce Glover, deputy CEO at Recognise, added: “Having spent a great deal of my career in the North West,  I am excited that we are putting down our roots where there is a strong heritage of business entrepreneurship and economic resilience. 

“This is a great opportunity for Recognise to showcase its service proposition and its commitment to relationship banking.”

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