Bank North makes senior promotions and key hires as full launch draws closer

Bank North, the first truly regional business bank of the modern era has announced the internal promotion of two senior team members, to take effect once the Bank reaches full launch. With Regional Managing Director, Rebecca Owen, being promoted to Commercial Director, and Head of Savings, Louise Halliwell, being promoted to Savings Director. To meet significant customer demand, Bank North has also made two key hires to further strengthen the Manchester Lending Pod.

Rebecca Owen joined Bank North as the Regional Managing director two years ago after having accumulated extensive commercial experience during her 23-year tenure at RBS. Since joining Bank North, Rebecca has played a significant part in the company’s regulatory and commercial journey, recently overseeing the successful launch of lending to SMEs, showcasing Bank North’s fast, agile loan delivery. Rebecca’s expanded role as Commercial Director at full launch will see her shape Bank North’s proposition, lending to SMEs by working with commercial brokers across the UK, helping to provide vital lending support as we face the challenging economic environment.

Louise Halliwell, Bank North’s Savings Director, has been promoted. Bank North is gaining momentum ahead of the launch of savings products to UK consumers later in the year. Louise Halliwell, Head of Savings since 2021, has played a vital role in ensuring Bank North offers the best savings propositions to savers. As Savings Director, Louise will continue to apply her vast knowledge of the savings market, including eight years as a Senior Manager at the Yorkshire Building Society, to ensure that Bank North’s future customers get the best service.

Both Louise and Rebecca will formally assume their new roles at the full launch.

Rebecca Owen, Bank North Commercial Director, said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as Bank North’s Commercial Director, and I look forward to continuing my work in helping to build a truly regional bank. After two difficult years, both economically and socially, the UK economy is moving forward. Our vision for personal and quick SME lending has never changed. As Regional Managing Directors, we have accomplished so much since joining. From authorisation with restrictions (AWR) to providing loans to great companies. I look forward to continuing to work with our outstanding team, attracting more talent as we roll out across the UK.”

Louise Halliwell, Bank North Savings director, stated: “I am delighted to take up the role of Savings Director at Bank North; I joined Bank North at such an exciting time for the company and the savings market, I want to continue to apply my knowledge in launching a range of dynamic saving products that offer great value for customers. Empowering UK savers to put their cash in a bank that will deliver loans to the SMEs powering UK regions, while enjoying full Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) protection, is a unique proposition, and coupled with good service and fair returns I look forward to welcoming customers to our new bank.”

Bank North has promoted Ellie Woodhouse to Lending Director and Shane Francis to Lending Manager in the Manchester Pod. Ellie joins Bank North’s team after 11 years as a Manager at Handelsbanken. She will bring her local banking knowledge to the Manchester pod team. Shane joins the team after a career as a service and case manager with Santander. Shane also has four years’ experience in relationship management at Cater Allen Private Bank. Ellie and Shane will work to strengthen and grow Bank North’s regional expertise and contacts with local brokers and companies.

Jonathan Thompson, Bank North CEO & co-founder stated: “Since joining, Rebecca and Louise have become key members of the team, and these promotions reflect their hard work. The promotions, along with our new Manchester Pod recruits Ellie and Shane, come at a vital stage in our journey, as we look not just to aid a post-COVID economic recovery, but to help rebalance the nation’s economy and, importantly, as we look ahead to when we will be welcoming savers to Bank North.”

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