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Bank North gears up for launch

Rebecca Owen and Louise Halliwell will assume their positions as directors when the bank launches fully.

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Rebecca Owns and Louise Halliwell/Bank North.

Nine months after rebranding from B-North to Bank North, obtaining its banking licence and appointing two new directors, the company has internally promoted two more directors as it gears up to launch.

Regional managing director Rebecca Owen has been promoted to commerce director and head of savings Louise Halliwell has been promoted to savings director.

The two women will assume their new positions when the bank launches fully later this year.

“I look forward to continuing my work in helping to build a truly regional bank,” Owen said.

“With the UK economy pushing forward after a tough two years both socially and economically, our vision for personal and fast SME lending has not changed and is needed more than ever.”

Owen joined the bank in June 2020 having previously worked as commercial director at the Royal Bank of Scotland and head of SME at revverbank.

“Empowering UK savers to put their cash in a bank that will deliver loans to the SMEs powering UK regions, while enjoying full Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) protection, is a unique proposition,” Halliwell said, “and coupled with good service and fair returns I look forward to welcoming customers to our new bank.”

Before joining Bank North in November 2021, Halliwell held positions at a number of banks, including NatWest, Halifax and Lloyds.

In addition to the two internal promotions, the company has made two additional hires to strengthen its Manchester lending pod.

After 11 years as a manager at Handelsbanken, Ellie Woodhouse joins as lending director, while Shane Francis will join as lending manager after a career in service and case management with Santander and four years in relationship management at Cater Allen Private Bank.

“The promotions, along with our new Manchester Pod recruits Ellie and Shane, come at a vital stage in our journey, as we look not just to aid a post-COVID economic recovery, but to help rebalance the nation’s economy and, importantly, as we look ahead to when we will be welcoming savers to Bank North,” Bank North CEO Jonathan Thompson said.

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