The four new team members come from a range of backgrounds and bring over 35 years experience in business finance with them, including many years experience working throughout Yorkshire Bank in various roles and divisions.
As business partners, David Thompson and Alexandra Sedgwick will work with the FSC's members on all their business banking requirements, from everyday banking to development funding, asset finance, invoice discounting and foreign exchange with the support of key FSC's specialists in these areas.
David first joined Yorkshire Bank in 1993, working in branches across the North East before moving into the Tees Valley FSC in 2001. His first role was as an associate to a private partner followed by a promotion to private partner prior this appointment.
Alexandra joined the Bank as a small business assistant in 2004, and since then she has progressed to her appointment as business partner which marks her first role in the FSC. A graduate of Newcastle University, she spent her placement year working with Rolls Royce Aerospace.
David says: "I was looking for a new, exciting challenge and I believe the role of business partner will offer me exactly this. The FSC works with a diverse range of businesses across the Tees Valley & North Yorkshire all of which face a range of challenges and opportunities. My role is to guide businesses, helping them meet and exceed their objects and future ambitions. As a locally based expert they are able to build a strong relationship with myself and the team which enables them to do just this."
As private partners, Rachel and Chris will be responsible for providing financial solutions to more than 350 of the Banks private finance customers. Chris has worked for Yorkshire Bank for more than 20 years and brings with him a detailed knowledge of the region. For Rachel, the appointment marks her return not only to the North East but to the United Kingdom, having left Kuoni Travel in the Maldives to take up the post.
Rachel comments: "The role of private partner brings with it many new challenges in an ever changing world of finance. The Tees Valley region has developed substantially over the last 10 years in business and personal wealth and I am looking forward to working with our members to achieve their financial aspirations."
Managing partner of the Tees Valley FSC Rick Warburton concludes: "Once again the centre is going from strength to strength and I am delighted to be starting 2007 announcing the appointment of four new partners. They all bring with them a strong skills set which will be of tremendous value to our members who will engage and benefit from their collective knowledge and experience."