HM Treasury, following the advice of the board of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has appointed Christopher Woolard as Interim Chief Executive. Woolard will take on the Chief Executive role following Andrew Bailey’s departure to become Governor of the Bank of England.  Woolard is currently the FCA’s Executive Director of Strategy and Competition and an…

Fraud prevention service, Cifas has appointed Nick Downing as Chief Intelligence Officer. Downing’s previous role was Assistant Chief Constable of Kent & Essex, where he oversaw serious, organised, economic and cybercrime, as well as being the national policing lead for financial investigation and proceeds of crime. Prior to this, Nick worked for the Metropolitan Police…

Automotive finance and insurance (F&I) software specialist, DealTrak, has announced the appointment of a new Head of Delivery, as well as launching the search for several senior roles within the team. New recruit Gary Burton will oversee the design, development and implementation of a range of new products and services for the automotive finance and…

Deceased account management specialist, Phillips & Cohen Associates has announced the appointment of Linda Fonner as Global Chief Financial Officer. Fonner is a global finance leader and process improvement specialist, with significant experience overseeing multi-jurisdictional financial planning, strategy, risk & control initiatives for major corporations.   Linda brings with her numerous certifications and over two…

Hitachi Capital has appointed Kim Brien as Chief Information Officer (CIO) to drive forward Group IT and digital operational development at the leading financial services provider. Brien, who brings over 20 years’ experience in Information Technology to the role, has joined from global research and advisory company Gartner, having previously held senior positions at HML,…

Brightstar Financial has appointed Maria Harris as Technology Consultant. Harris has been formerly Director of Retail Mortgages at Atom Bank. In her new role, Harris will support the development of Brightstar Financials’ technology platforms. Brightstar Group group chief executive Rob Jupp said “Technology plays a big role in this proposition and there are few people…

Evolution Funding has expanded its field sales team with the appointment of four key personnel from former Barclays Partner Finance (BPF). The new arrivals follow hot on the heels of BPF’s national accounts director Keith Bell taking the role of sales director, with previous Sales Director, Chris Coverdale, becoming Group Sales Director. Neil Holland takes…

Paragon has appointed Richard Rowntree as Managing Director of Mortgages to spearhead growth across its mortgage businesses. Rowntree joins from the Bank of Ireland, where he was Managing Director of UK Mortgages and will be responsible for Paragon’s lending activities across buy-to-let, second charge and residential mortgages. Rowntree takes over from John Heron, who retired this…

Belmont Green has announced that Anth Mooney, former Director of Financial Services at Virgin Money, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), subject to regulatory approval, and will be taking up his position in late January. Mooney brings deep experience in the mortgage and savings market as well as more broadly in the financial services…

Louisa Sedgwick has been promoted to Managing Director mortgages at Vida Homeloans. Sedgwick has been Director of Sales at Vida since its launch in 2016 and is well known in the mortgage industry, having recently become the first female chair of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association. Sedgwick said: “In just three years Vida has successfully completed…

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