Specialist lender Together has announced the appointment of Darren Clarke as the group’s Commercial Finance Chief Operating Officer.

Clarke will have responsibility for the lender’s Commercial Finance operational processes and infrastructure to support its ambitious growth strategy.

He joins Together from Redwood Bank, where he worked as Director of Operations for the challenger from its inception in 2017, helping to provide funding for small and medium-sized businesses and building a strong balance sheet.

Previously, Clarke held positions in retail banking and commercial finance during a 20-year career at HSBC before joining Santander where he led the business banking transformation, among other roles.

Marc Goldberg, Commercial CEO, said “We’re delighted to welcome Darren to Together. He has 30 years experience working for some of the leading high street lenders. His vast knowledge of risk and compliance, and his proven ability to transform working practices and improve customer journeys will be of huge benefit to our business as we continue to grow.”