Recognise Bank names new director of strategy

Recognise Bank has appointed Anita Maclean (pictured above) as director of strategy.

In her new role, she will focus on the development and execution of the bank’s future strategy.

She will also work closely with Jason Oakley, CEO at Recognise Bank, and Bryce Glover, deputy CEO at Recognise Bank, on a range of key projects linked to the successful development of the Recognise franchise, following the bank’s authorisation at the end of 2020.   

Anita has 28 years of experience in strategic leadership across corporate and commercial, investment and digital start-up banking sectors. 

She joins from the digital SME start-up Revverbank, where she headed up operations for two years. 

Prior to this, she was chief operating officer at Santander, where she worked for 12 years.  

Her experience also includes 14 years in investment banking in frontline advisory and capital markets roles at BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Baring Brothers, as well as entrepreneurial roles, founding, developing and successfully selling a number of SME businesses.

Commenting on her appointment, Anita said: “I am thrilled to join Recognise, a customer-centric challenger bank that genuinely values and recognises SMEs. 

“More than ever, this is a pivotal time for entrepreneurs, and I look forward to developing the bank’s strategy alongside a highly experienced team with a clear and unique vision.” 

Bryce added: “We are delighted to welcome Anita to our team, whose extensive sector knowledge and experience will help drive Recognise’s future strategy forward. 

“In addition to her banking knowledge, Anita’s entrepreneurial mindset — a key component of the bank’s DNA — will be a great asset for Recognise.”

Recognise, a subsidiary of AIM-listed City of London Group plc, has recently commenced lending, and aims to offer a relationship-led proposition to UK SMEs through its relationships managers based in London, Midlands, Manchester and Leeds.

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