"Driven and talented" business specialist joins award-winning challenger team

07/02/2019 11:00:00
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A “driven and talented” banking specialist with a “passion for forming new relationships” within the industry has joined the award-winning Redwood Bank team.

Leon Marklew, who has a career spanning more than 30 years within the financial sector, is the Hertfordshire-based challenger Bank’s new Director of Strategy, Products and Marketing.
Gary Wilkinson, CEO and Co-Founder of Redwood Bank, said: “When we come across a driven and talented recruit such as Leon, it does not need a lot of thought when inviting them to join the team.
“He has a broad spectrum of experience working within retail, commercial, corporate banking and invoice finance, leading large teams across regional and national geographies.
“Not only that, he’s spent 26 years working in the small-and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) market, which are our target customers. We’re certain he will become a valuable asset to our customers and the Bank.”
Leon follows in the footsteps of several high-profile appointments, which have been made since Redwood Bank’s inception in August 2017. The new recruitment drive was needed to help support the fast, but healthy, growth, and to strengthen the team within the Bank.

Leon Marklew, Director of Strategy, Products & Marketing

Leon said: “I’m thrilled to be joining such a dynamic and hardworking team. I’m extremely passionate about finding mutually beneficial solutions for SMEs, helping them to grow and develop.  I am very much looking forward to getting my teeth into the role and forging new relationships among the customers.”
Redwood Bank is the UK’s first business challenger bank to be completely born in the cloud.
Last year it scooped several industry awards, including Bank of the Year in the Global Business Excellence Awards and England’s Most Outstanding Commercial Mortgages Bank of the Year 2018 in Global Business Insight Magazine’s awards.
Redwood Bank’s products include individually-assessed mortgages for business owners and professional landlords, as well as a range of Best Buy savings accounts offered to businesses, charities, clubs and associations.


For further information, visit www.redwoodbank.co.uk

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Redwood Bank was launched in August 2017, becoming Britain’s newest business bank for SMEs and completing its ‘mobilisation’ phase just over four months after securing its initial banking licence in April 2017. Redwood Bank offers secured SME mortgages for business owners, as well as for experienced commercial and residential property investors. It delivers fast and efficient mortgage decisions to help their business customers seize property opportunities and also offers competitive business savings accounts. Redwood Bank was founded by Jonathan Rowland and Gary Wilkinson. It has a unique private-public ownership structure in which Warrington Borough Council has a one-third stake.