Cambridge & Counties brings in Scott Barber as regional director for the North

Cambridge & Counties Bank has appointed Scott Barber to the new role of regional director – North in its real estate finance (REF) team.

Barber joins from the Co-operative Bank, where he had worked for the past 25 years, most recently as head of business development.

In his new role at the specialist lender, Barber  will be responsible for growing the bank’s real estate finance book in the North markets and will lead on expanding relationships with commercial finance brokers as well as supporting SMEs, business owners and professional property investors.

He will report to Jayne Follows, head of REF.

The lender says Barber’s appointment forms part of a new customer led proposition, which has been established to deliver a more streamlined approach for brokers and customers.

He will lead on expanding relationships with commercial finance brokers as well as supporting SMEs, business owners and professional property investors.

The role has also been developed to further enhance relationships with the commercial finance brokers, which have been central to the bank’s growth.

In addition to Scott’s appointment, recent internal moves included Stephen Parr, who was promoted to Senior BDM, and Karen Crooks, who was promoted to relationship manager.

Barber says: “Real estate finance has long been at the core of Cambridge & Counties Bank’s business model, and I’m delighted to be part of a dynamic team looking to grow in what is a major market for us.

“The bank has a very well-earned reputation among clients and brokers for service excellence and is very well positioned to build on this momentum in 2024.”

Follows says: “We’re delighted to welcome Scott to the team. Relationship-based banking remains 100% key for us and highly regarded individuals such as Scott, coupled with our new structure, will allow for more contact with our brokers and clients. As 2024 unfolds, our UK REF team will offer a differentiated service which is even more tailored to customer needs.”

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