Employers are finally getting to grips with the Apprenticeship Levy, a new survey from the IoD has revealed, with over half of employers who use the system now saying they understand it ‘perfectly’, a 42% increase since March (from 36% in March to 51% in November). However, the poll of business leaders revealed that awareness…

Lender, Aldermore, has appointed Jon Cooper as its new Head of Omnichannel within its retail mortgage business. Cooper will be responsible for driving sales through brokers and alternative channels as well as into the direct team. He will continue to build on the great work our intermediary and direct distribution teams have done to drive our…

It is not relationship management or service orientation, but the analytical ability of a finance professional that is the most important skill to develop according to a FinTech Barometer from fintech company Onguard. The barometer shows that these new skills must be developed in order to add value in the future. Almost a third (30%)…

Property and audit specialist Capa has announced the appointment of retail surveyor James Ratcliffe. Formerly head of retail at the Leeds office of property advisory business GVA, Ratcliffe has joined as a Director, taking responsibility for asset management of the 300-store estate of fashion retailer Bonmarchè. He joins the property team led by Capa’s co-founder and…

Registry Trust has announced that Mick McAteer Deputy Chair. Registry Trust is a non-profit organisation which collects decree and judgment information from jurisdictions across the British Isles and Ireland. McAteer, who has been an independent director of the Trust since 2016, takes up the position with immediate effect. Malcolm Hurlston CBE remains chairman He is…

Barclays has announced that it has appointed Tasnim Ghiawadwala as its the new Head of UK Corporate Banking. Ghiawadwala joins the bank from Citi, where she spent 21 years most recently as Head of Commercial Bank Europe, Middle East and Africa. At Citi, she held a range of roles across Investment Banking, Corporate and Commercial…

Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance has bolstered its regional presence with the appointment of John Copping as Regional Sales Director for the North West. Copping joins from RBS, where he worked for 33 years. His most recent role was Regional Head for Williams & Glyn’s Structured Finance team in the North, in which he specialised…

Small business lender Iwoca has announced that Seema Desai has been named Chief Operations Officer (COO). Desai joins a small but growing number of women at C-suite level in the fintech industry. Desai joined iwoca in January 2017 as Head of People, developing Iwoca’s talent and organisational capabilities. Prior to joining Iwoca, Desai led the…

Anglia UK is ending the year with a third key senior appointment. The credit management, haulage and dealership auditing firm has appointed Claire Mitchell as its new Head of Operations. Mitchell joins the company with some 30 years’ experience in the vehicle finance industry having previously worked at a senior level for Lombard Asset Finance,…

Specialist Bank, Aldermore has published its second report revealing progress against the targets it committed to when signing the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter in 2016. The report reveals an increase in female representation in senior leadership roles, achieving its 30% target ahead of the announced 2020 goal. Aldermore committed to the Charter in…

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