Appointments

Castle Trust and Recognise bolster teams




Castle Trust and Recognise Bank have made new additions to their specialist teams.

Castle Trust 

Castle Trust Bank has appointed Matthew Lawrence as a regional account manager for central London.

In his new role, he will work with brokers in the area to help BTL investors access the finance they need to maximise their returns.

Matthew has more than 13 years of experience in financial services, having held relationship roles at Barclays Corporate Banking, NatWest and, most recently, Shawbrook Bank.

“Castle Trust Bank has long had a reputation for delivering innovative solutions to help property investors achieve their objectives, however complex their requirements,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with brokers in London on structuring loans, delivering terms, and raising awareness of propositions like bridge-to-let, and I’m excited to be joining Castle Trust Bank at this stage on its upwards journey.”

Rob Oliver, sales director at Castle Trust Bank, added: “Matthew is a very experienced relationship manager, with a strong pedigree in the specialist market. 

“Good communication in this market is key, and Matthew will be on hand to work in partnership with brokers in central London on identifying and delivering the most effective finance solutions for their landlord clients. 

“At Castle Trust Bank, we’re seeing strong demand for the unique combination of flexibility and certainty that we are able to provide to brokers, and we’re continuing to go from strength to strength with a growing team and reputation.”

Recognise Bank

Recognise Bank has appointed three new BDMs to cover the North West region.

Chris Stevens has over two decades of experience working for various lenders, including RBS, Revverbank and, most recently, Acre Lane Capital.

He will focus on Manchester, along with fellow new BDM, Michael Doxford, who moved from Aldermore Bank, having started his career in finance at Manchester Building Society.

Meanwhile, the bank’s third new BDM, Jonathan Kirk, joins from Assetz Capital, having previously worked at Aldermore Bank and Lloyds Bank. 

Jonathan is a commercial mortgage specialist and will focus on Yorkshire, where he will support SMEs looking to acquire their own premises. 

“SMEs need trusted support, fast decisions and quick access to funding,” said Chris.

“The reason I’ve joined Recognise is because it’s built its entire proposition to provide that, combining personal relationships with cutting-edge technology to ensure speed of delivery.”  

Michael added: “I’m delighted to be joining Recognise; I’ve been watching its progress since it started, so to be a part of that journey, especially here in the North West, is a great opportunity.”

Jonathan commented: “The property market is buoyant, so that means people need to act quickly when they see a property they want, whether it’s an SME expanding or buying new premises, or an investor adding to their portfolio.”

James Meigh, regional director for the North West and Yorkshire at Recognise Bank, stated: “The North West is a thriving business community, full of ambitious businesses that just need the right advice and support to help them grow. 

“It’s a region Chris, Michael and Jonathan know well — it’s their home — so I am delighted to have them onboard doing what they do best, which is working with great brokers and SMEs.”

Recognise has a network of regional hubs across the UK, created to bring personal relationships back to SME banking.

The lender aims to provide more than £1.5bn of lending over the next five years, with plans to launch both business and personal savings accounts later this year.

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