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 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.