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Challenger Bank bolsters team with experienced Business Development Manager

11/01/2021 08:00:00
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A female banker with more than 23 years’ experience in the industry has joined Redwood Bank’s team.

Sonia Mann had clocked up more than 18 years’ experience working at the high street giant NatWest before she moved to the specialist mortgage and secured loan provider Together Commercial Finance, as Corporate Director. Her appointment is set to strengthen the support Redwood provide to customers and brokers across the Midlands.

The 42-year-old, who has secured the role of Business Development Manager at Redwood, has also worked for Santander UK and was a manager of Client Relations at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Gary Wilkinson, CEO and Co-Founder of Redwood Bank, said:

"Sonia’s track record with previous banks is impressive. She has proven she’s more than capable of delivering fantastic customer service, which is the top priority for Redwood, and satisfaction is consistently at well over 90 per cent among our customers.


"In order to meet increased demand, we are keen to recruit new Business Development Managers who have experience in building, and then managing strong relationships with, a portfolio of commercial clients. When we met Sonia, she fitted the bill perfectly.


"Sonia’s appointment also further demonstrates our commitment to the Women in Finance Charter, which encourages financial services to provide a balanced workforce across gender. We’re very passionate about accelerating gender equality and we feel we’re certainly moving in the right direction when it comes to further diversifying the make-up of our staff workforce."


Sonia Mann, Business Development Manager

Sonia is one of several recruitments Redwood Bank has announced in recent months.

The Bank has continued to employ new members of staff, despite the COVID-19 lockdowns, opting to conduct interviews via virtual appointments and introducing the required technology into each new employee’s home, as required.

Redwood Bank celebrated its third anniversary in the late summer. Since then, it has succeeded in winning the Most Innovative Lender Award category at the first virtual National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) awards ceremony which took place in November, in doing so beating both Barclays and Lloyds, two of the country’s largest high street banks.

For further information about Redwood visit www.redwoodbank.co.uk.


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For further details contact Laura Pearce at Strand PR on [email protected] or 01763 274674 / 07903 106405.

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 its 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.