Hampshire Trust Bank has announced two new management appointments to its growing Asset Finance team. Michael Godwin has joined the specialist bank as Head of Operations and Robert Harris has joined as Head of Wholesale Finance.
Michael will be focused on the development and delivery of customer service and scalability to support the growth targets of the business through improving automation, the bank’s digital offering and process efficiency.
Robert will be responsible for building out Hampshire Trust Bank’s wholesale finance offering, which includes the established Block Discounting business.
These two senior Asset Finance hires follow the appointment of Vincenzo Scalzone as Head of Broker earlier this year, with plans for further recruitment in the pipeline.
Jon Maycock, Managing Director of Asset Finance at Hampshire Trust Bank, said: “Michael and Robert are welcome additions to the senior Asset Finance team. We are focused on employing sector experts that have the experience and know-how to help shape the business as we continue to grow, assisting us in continuing to improve the service we provide and developing and enhancing our broker and wholesale finance channels.”
Prior to joining Hampshire Trust Bank, Michael was Operations Leader at GE Capital Bank. Talking about why he decided to join Hampshire Trust Bank, he said: “It's an exciting opportunity to work for a bank with such a competitive focus on growth, customers and doing the right thing. HTB has great people and a real passion for change.”
Robert previously worked as Head of Indirect Sales and Wholesale Funding at Macquarie Asset Leasing and prior to this was overall Head of ING Lease (UK)’s Middle Ticket business and held a similar position for the Bank of London & The Middle East. Talking about the move to Hampshire Trust Bank, he said: “The challenger banks have been instrumental in moving and disrupting certain parts of the banking market forward after the global financial crisis and HTB is extremely well positioned in this regard to grow its business in its selected markets with a great team and business culture.”