ThinCats, Recognise, Roma, Arbuthnot and Sancus bolster teams

ThinCats, Recognise Bank, Roma Finance, Arbuthnot Specialist Finance and Sancus Lending Group have hired new members for their specialist finance teams.


ThinCats has appointed Keith Morgan as its new chairman, effective today (17th January).

He takes over Quentin Baer, who has been chair since 2016 and who will remain as a non-executive director.

Keith — who was awarded a CBE for his services to small business finance in 2020 — has significant experience working in the SME and alternative finance market, having served as the founding CEO of the British Business Bank between 2013 and 2020.

Prior to this, he held senior roles at Santander and LEK Consulting.

In addition to his position at ThinCats, Keith is also a NED at UK Asset Resolution.

Commenting on his appointment, Keith said: “As a leading alternative lender to mid-sized SMEs, ThinCats has an important role to play in providing much-needed funding to businesses that are putting in place new growth plans following the pandemic.

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of chair at this time, as ThinCats expands its operations and deploys its increased funding base to lend a further £2bn to scale-up businesses over the next few years.”

Amany Attia, CEO at ThinCats, added: “We are excited to welcome Keith to ThinCats, who brings enormous talent and experience to the business. 

“It is a critical time to be supporting mid-sized SMEs who are vital to employment creation and the long-term prospects of the UK economy. 

“Many businesses are keen to make the most of growth opportunities, either organically or through acquisition, as pandemic restrictions have eased. 

“We are seeing growing demand for our services as corporate debt advisers increasingly recommend alternative lenders to their clients. 

“Keith’s experience will be invaluable in guiding us through the next phase of our growth. 

“I would like to thank Quentin for his advice and encouragement as chair and am pleased that ThinCats will continue to benefit from his support as a member of the board.”

Recognise Bank

Recognise Bank has appointed Dean Carter as group treasurer.

He is taking on the role permanently, after having worked with the bank last year to achieve full authorisation and launch a range of personal savings products in 2021.

In addition to his position at Recognise Bank, Dean also works for King and Shaxson’s Building Societies Forum, coordinating a number of small- and medium-sized societies and helping them stay up-to-date on topics, such as regulation.

He also provides all the Building Societies Association’s treasury training requirements through an introduction to treasury and a risk course.

Dean has extensive experience in the banking and building society sector — prior to joining Recognise Bank, he was head of treasury at several banks and mutuals, and held executive roles with responsibility for operational risk and compliance.

“I’ve enjoyed working with Recognise as it has moved through those critical milestones to become a fully-fledged SME bank, so I am delighted to be onboard permanently,” said Dean.

“I’m looking forward to helping shape the bank as it grows and brings on stream more products and services, such as business savings.”

Jason Oakley, CEO at Recognise Bank, added: “Treasury is such a vital function for a bank like Recognise that has to balance the demands of both lending and savings, so I am delighted that we have someone of the calibre of Dean with us, and in particular, the wealth of experience and expertise he brings to the role.”

Roma Finance

Roma Finance has promoted Samantha Williamson to the role of bridging and development specialist.

In her new position, she will be tasked with enhancing Roma’s service, sharing her expertise and supporting property investors in reaching their end goal.

Samantha, who has extensive experience in bridging and development finance, as well as banking relationship management, joined Roma in 2018 as a senior underwriter.

Commenting on her promotion, Samantha said: “I am very excited for this next move within Roma; the business capabilities and variety of projects we work on ensures no two days are ever the same. 

“My experience with my own property portfolio and previous roles will be vital in this new challenge and will allow Roma to deliver a further improved experience.”

Steve Smith, national sales manager for Roma, commented: “We have demonstrated strength and growth over the last 12 months and we are dedicated to providing education and specialist support to our partners and customers. 

“Samantha is a true asset and valued member of the Roma team and will play a pivotal role in this next phase of education and growth.”

Arbuthnot Specialist Finance

Arbuthnot Specialist Finance Limited (ASFL), the short-term property finance subsidiary of Arbuthnot Latham, has appointed Danny Power and Dean Taylor as BDMs.

In their new roles, Danny will cover the North West and Dean will focus on London and the South.

Danny joins ASFL from Bridge Help, where he previously worked as a BDM.

Meanwhile, Dean joins the company from Barclays, where he was also a BDM.

“I am excited to announce my move to ASFL and welcome the opportunity to work with Dean, who has joined at the same time,” said Danny.

“The market is developing fast and bridge finance and short-term development finance are now viewed as vital tools for property professionals.”

Dean added: “I am delighted to have joined ASFL as a BDM for London and the South. 

“2022 is set to be a strong year for the property market and I look forward to helping businesses and property professionals to build and grow.”

Matthew Anderson, head of sales at Arbuthnot Specialist Finance, commented: “It’s fantastic to see ASFL expand, welcoming Dean and Danny to the team. 

“Both will help to drive business development as we pursue future growth. 

“I look forward to working together to provide critical financing to property professionals up and down the UK.”


Sancus Lending Group has appointed Steven Darbyshire as a BDM for its UK team.

Steven, who has over 15 years of experience within the financial services sector, joins the company from Together, where he specialised in bridging and development finance.

Prior to this, he held a number of relationship roles at NatWest.

The appointment follows last year’s recruitment activity, which saw the doubling in size of its business development teams across the group as part of its growth strategy.

Richard Whitehouse, sales director for the UK at Sancus Lending Group, said: “Steven makes another valuable, experienced addition to our business development team and I am delighted to welcome him to the group. 

“He brings with him extensive knowledge of short-term property lending, a large network of contacts with whom he has a fantastic reputation and a pro-active attitude; he will fit in well with our growth plans in the coming years.”

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