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Together boosts executive team.

27 Jul 2016 | 3 min

We’ve announced seven new additions to our executive team this year, as we move forward to the next phase of growth.

The huge spate of board-level appointments follows the restructure of the business to separate our retail and commercial activities, with recruits from the likes of HSBC, Harrods Bank and M&S Bank plc. The appointments, in order, of announcements are:

  • Ron Baxter, non-executive director in the retail division -  Previously a senior advisor at the Prudential Regulation Authority - part of the Bank of England - Ron has over 30 years’ experience within the industry, including involvement in a wide variety of regulatory initiatives.

  • Wayne Bowser, group non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee - Previously deputy head of commercial banking at HSBC, Wayne has held non-executive directorships at various leading firms, in sectors including housebuilding, motor dealership and investment.

  • Colin Kersley, non-executive director in the retail division - Sitting alongside Ron on the retail board, Colin was previously chief executive officer of M&S Bank plc. where he worked closely with the independent board to convert the card company to a bank.

  • Helga Wright, commercial finance director- Joining from the Co-operative Bank, where she was financial director of retail, commercial and business banking, Helga brings a wealth of financial services experience, spanning nearly 20 years, as well as being ACA qualified.

  • Peter Ball, chief executive of retail - Former CEO of Harrods Bank, where he led the rejuvenation and transformation of the 120 year old bank, Peter’s career in financial services spans nearly 30 years. He has also held senior roles with Virgin Money Group and MBNA Bank of America.

  • Brian Jackson, operations director for retail - Brian held the role of director of credit and collections at British Gas before joining Together. Prior to this, he spent 18 years at MBNA Bank of America and his vast experience spans collection, recovery and credit operations.

  • John Hunt, chief risk officer in the retail division John joins from Nationwide, where he spent six years in various senior risk and compliance roles. He has vast experience in compliance, corporate planning and commercial, unsecured and secured lending credit risk with previous roles at Capital One and GMAC RFC UK.

In addition to these, and as part of the new corporate governance structure, David Bennett, who previously chaired the audit committee, is now chairman of the retail division and Nigel Dale, previously a partner at Eversheds, was announced as general counsel and joined the group in April.

Chairman Mike McTighe added: “Since creating our new corporate governance structure we’ve made a number of high-profile appointments to create a really dynamic executive team that will drive the business forward. They bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge in their areas of expertise, and we’re delighted to welcome them to Together as part of our formidable new leadership team.”

Together takes a common sense approach to lending and has a current loan book in excess of £1.7 billion, with total new lending for the year ended 31 March 2016 at £971 million.

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