978 Bridging and Redwood Bank welcome new hires

978 Bridging and Redwood Bank have bolstered their teams with new recruits.

978 Bridging

978 Bridging has appointed Alastair Gordon as a business manager.

In his new role, he will be using his experience and skills to help expedite the growth of the brokerage and the wider group. 

He will also be responsible for the general management of day-to-day business operations.

Throughout his career in investment banking and asset management in the UK and abroad, Alastair’s previous roles have seen him managing high profile relationships with global banks and fund houses, launching a number of hedge funds and helping companies expand their businesses internationally.

Commenting on his appointment, Alastair said: “Joining 978 Bridging at this key moment in its growth was an opportunity not to be missed. 

“With its reputation already cemented in the industry, I am proud to help take it to the next level as we start to rapidly scale the volume of business undertaken.”

Simon Das, managing director at 978 Bridging, added: “It has been my ambition to build a business that provides opportunity for everybody it meets, be it clients, partners or indeed staff, and securing such talent shows that this is truly what we are achieving. 

“I’m sure Alastair will have a long and happy career here. 

“I look forward to bringing more of my ideas and ambitions to life with the support of this exceptionally talented individual.”

Redwood Bank

Redwood Bank has welcomed Mark Dobson as head of business development for the South.

In his new role, Mark will lead the existing business development team and grow its business across the southern region.

He will be actively looking to widen the bank’s broker network, while also upskilling the team in the area, helping to enhance their knowledge and understanding of deal structures and opportunities.”

He will work alongside Leon Marklew, Redwood Bank’s director of business development.

Mark has a wealth of banking experience, having worked in the industry for 21 years. 

He started out working for Lehman Brothers, where he was a senior analyst.

Before joining Redwood Bank, Mark worked for NatWest, securing several different roles during his 13-year tenure, including broker business development manager.

“I am excited to join such a dynamic bank, with a reputation for excellent customer service,” said Mark.

“I’m looking forward to supporting brokers and SMEs with the competitive products Redwood has to offer.”

Leon added: “Mark brings with him a tremendous amount of experience, broker connections and a real ‘can do’ enthusiasm, which will help the bank deliver its strategic ambition to be one of the UK’s leading challenger banks for SMEs. 

“His commitment and dedication shone through in his interview, and he has buckets of ambition. 

“We think Mark is an incredibly valuable asset and we’re excited to welcome him to the Redwood family and to see him in action.”

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