Alternative finance specialist, ThinCats, has announced that Tony Smedley has been appointed as Head of Sales Operations, and Richard Wilson as Head of Marketing.

Smedley has most recently been supporting businesses in the finance sector who are preparing for start-up and subsequent growth. He brings 20 years of experience in leading teams in the business finance marketplace having previously been Midlands Regional Managing Director at Aldermore Bank, Invoice Finance Division and the National Head of Medium and Small Business Sales at Barclays Bank, Sales Financing Division

Richard Wilson has more than 20 years’ financial services experience primarily in asset management, having led marketing teams at Aberdeen Asset Management, Henderson Global Investors and most recently Jupiter Asset Management.

Damon Walford, CDO at ThinCats, said: “We are delighted that both Tony and Richard have joined us on a permanent basis.  They both have very impressive track records in their fields, which will help to further strengthen the proposition that ThinCats is able to offer to SMEs throughout the UK.”