L-R: Paul Holmes, Lee Casey, Lynn Kemp and Callum Finnigan
L-R: Paul Holmes, Lee Casey, Lynn Kemp and Callum Finnigan
Richard Bell

Warrington-based challenger bank recruits six new staff

A challenger bank based in Warrington has taken on a raft of new employees in response to “phenomenal interest” in its commercial mortgages.

Redwood Bank employed six new staff with over 150 years of combined banking experience, bringing its headcount to 44.

The company took on Callum Finnigan and Joanna Carroll as business development officers, both from Royal Bank of Scotland.

It also appointed Lee Casey, formerly of HSBC, and John Hall, who has experience with Lloyds Bank and Cambridge & Counties. Both now work for Redwood as business development managers for the South and East.

They are joined by business development officer Lynn Kemp, who will likewise cover the South and East. She has 40 years’ experience in banking.

The sixth appointment is Paul Holmes, who joined the firm’s credit and underwriting team. He most recently worked as a business lending specialist within the commercial team at Metro Bank.

Redwood Bank was set up in August last year with the help of a £30m investment from Warrington Borough Council.

Graham Reynolds, the bank’s commercial director, said: “Our new larger team means we can help more smaller businesses and property owners get access to finance and help with their growth plans.

“The team’s passion and experience will be of great value to our broker and business customers, who we have seen phenomenal interest from.”

The co-founder and CEO of Redwood Bank, Gary Wilkinson, commented: “We are a dedicated and committed bank, so these attributes are always at the core of what we’re looking for in new members of staff.

“I’m delighted with our new recruits who will all play a key part in our development. I firmly believe they all bring something a little different to the table and we’re looking forward to welcoming them into the Redwood Bank family.”

He added: “We’re hugely proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short period of time and I’m confident all six new staff members will be pivotal in helping our customers meet their ambitions for 2018 and beyond.”

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