GB Bank and Tuscan Capital bolster teams



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GB Bank and Tuscan Capital have added new members to their specialist finance teams.

GB Bank

GB Bank has appointed Neil Williams as chief lending officer.

In his new role, he will oversee the management direction and development of the bank’s lending proposition, and will be based at the lender’s headquarters in Middlesbrough.

Neil has over 38 years of experience working in the finance and banking sector, having held senior positions at various companies, including Santander.

Before joining GB Bank, he was a strategic growth consultant for a range of North East and Yorkshire businesses.

“I am excited to join GB Bank at this stage of its journey, helping the bank to execute its lending strategy and support regional businesses working in the property sector,” said Neil.

“This is a pivotal time for GB Bank, which recently received its banking licence

“As a lender focused on SME property development, we have scope to make a real difference, filling a much-needed gap to support entrepreneurial SMEs in the North.”

Sue Hayes, CEO at GB Bank, commented: “We are pleased to welcome Neil to our leadership team. 

“He has an impressive track record of supporting business lending and growth, and his experience will be a great benefit to us going forward.

“We believe that Neil is a great cultural fit for GB Bank, sharing our vision to improve the funding options available for regional property developers across the North of England.”

Earlier this year, GB Bank has also appointed Mike Kirsopp and Vicky Griffiths as non-executive directors to its board, subject to regulatory approval.

Tuscan Capital

Tuscan Capital has appointed Carmen Albert as a senior underwriter and Ellis Cluff as a marketing executive.

In their new roles, Carmen will report to head of credit and risk Dena Thompson, while Ellis will report to senior associate, Stephen Palfreeman.

Both of them will be based in Tuscan Capital’s central London head office, but will provide support across the entire team, including to those based in the lender’s regional offices in Manchester and Birmingham.

Carmen, who has over 18 years of experience working in the financial services sector, joins the company from Fiduciam, where she was a senior underwriter.

Meanwhile, Ellis previously worked at Alternative Bridging Corporation as marketing executive before taking the newly created role at Tuscan Capital.

Colin Sanders, CEO at Tuscan Capital, said: “The bridging sector has demonstrated remarkable flexibility and resilience over the past twenty months or so, and as we cautiously welcome the return of more normal conditions, I’m encouraged by the level of demand for our products and services.

“Following significant investment in our regional expansion, we’re now focused on adding greater depth and resource to our back-office capabilities. 

“This will ensure that our broker-facing teams have the support they need to continue to deliver first-class outcomes for our brokers and their borrower clients.”

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