UTB expands development finance team with five appointments

United Trust Bank (UTB) has made five appointments to its development finance division in response to growing demand for finance from housebuilders and developers across England and Wales.

Simon Cartwright, Kerry Cooney, Ashley Collier and Davinder Birthee have joined the bank from other lenders.

Simon has been hired as senior manager of property development, while Kerry, Ashley and Davinder have all been appointed as managers of property development.

In addition, Anna Wojtowicz (pictured above) has been promoted from her previous role as senior case manager to manager of property development. 

Simon has over 30 years of financial services experience and has previously worked for Assetz Capital, Handelsbanken, HSBC and RBS. 

He will be primarily supporting clients across the Midlands.
Kerry was previously at Oblix Capital and, during her 16 years in banking, has held real estate sector roles with Arbuthnot Latham and Bank of Ireland. 

She will work closely with property development director, Steve Brigly, supporting customers in London, the South East and East of England.
Ashley joins UTB from Assetz Capital, having previously worked at Royal Bank of Scotland in various property development roles, from monitoring to risk management and credit. 

She will work with property development director, Huw Jenkins, supporting customers in the North West, North Wales and the Midlands. 
Davinder will be working with Hardeep Thandi, director of property development, supporting customers across the Midlands, Yorkshire, Humber and the North East. 

He joins UTB from Barclays Real Estate where he has been a relationship support manager for the last six years.
Anna has been a senior case manager in UTB’s development finance team for the last four years, and previously worked at Bank Leumi, Allied Irish Bank and Wells Fargo. 

In her new role, she will be working with property development director, Philip Kirkwood, supporting customers in London, the South and East of England.
Adam Bovingdon, senior director of property development at United Trust Bank, said: “Simon, Kerry, Ashley, Davinder and Anna bring many years of collective knowledge and experience to the team and, most importantly, a desire to build strong, long-term relationships supporting the building activities of developers and housebuilders across the regions.
“These appointments coincide with increased demand for development finance facilities generated by the launch of the £250m Housing Accelerator Fund with Homes England.  

“With this and other exciting announcements to come in the year ahead, now is the right time to strengthen the team and these appointments ensure we are well placed to support our brokers and customers in 2021.”

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