Bridging lender Hope Capital has appointed its first Managing Director. Gary Bailey, formerly Sales Director of Together. He joins Hope Capital today, 7th January, to help expand and grow the company.

Hope Capital has grown rapidly, having doubled its lending in the past year, increased its staff numbers by 40% and expanded into much larger premises. It also signed up to the Women in Finance Charter and underwent a rebrand. It has plans to more than double its lending again both this year and the year after so Gary’s role will be to help enable this growth.

Bailey will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Hope Capital so that CEO Jonathan Sealey can concentrate on the strategic growth of the company. Bailey was instrumental in growing Together over a twenty-year period and has over 25 years’ experience in the specialist and complex finance markets, across leadership, banking and finance roles. Every role in Gary’s long and distinguished career has been focused on customers and service excellence which fits perfectly with Hope Capital’s ethos of providing high quality, individual service to every client with transparency, integrity and honesty.

Bailey will work closely with Hope Capital’s senior management team. His role will be to promote expansion and innovation within the company whilst delivering the sales targets for 2019 and beyond. He will also be responsible for ensuring the delivery of Hope Capital’s mission statement which is based on continuous improvement through collaboration, communication and education.

Jonathan Sealey, CEO of Hope Capital says, “This is the first time that Hope Capital has appointed a managing director and it marks the next phase of our growth. Gary brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience that will really help drive Hope Capital forward and achieve its ambitious growth plans.”

Gary Bailey says, “I’m excited to be joining Hope Capital. Due to outside interests I’d had no intention of returning to the industry in a permanent role and had many offers ranging from new lenders to challenger banks, however the company values, ethos, aspirations and commitment of Jonathan and his board members was too much for me to resist. I know I can make a positive difference and add value to help Hope Capital achieve its ambitious growth plans. I am really looking forward to working with Jonathan and the team to help drive the next stage of Hope Capital’s growth and development.”