In a major coup for Yorkshire Bank, Jon Whiteley, the renowned risk asessment and mitigation specialist has been announced as the first non-executive chairman of the bank's Financial Solutions Centre in Doncaster.
Whiteley's appointment is the result of the bank's desire to attract a local business leader in this key advisory role.
Graham Watson of Yorkshire Bank says: "We wanted a highly experienced and respected leader to join our team of specialists and act as a mentor, an advisor and a bridge between the bank and the Doncaster business community. Jon Whiteley is the ultimate person for the job; he is highly regarded in the regional business market and has great ideas on moving with the times."
Considered a leading figure in Yorkshire and Humber insurance broking, John Whiteley, is Chief Executive of the award-winning ProAktive Risk Group which employs around 100 people with a combined turnover of more than £20 million.
Jon Whiteley explains: "I've been extremely impressed with Yorkshire Bank's plans for the development of their business banking network of Financial Solutions Centres.
"Yorkshire Bank in Doncaster has a desire to further integrate with the local business communities and the team has an excellent model to deliver it. The FSC concept is at the core of the Bank's proposition to the Doncaster businesses and I am excited at the prospect of helping to develop and promote the benefits to current and potential customers."
As non-executive chairman Jon will act as mentor to FSC managing partner, Graham Watson, advise senior bank management on strategy and business development and promote further understanding of the needs of the local business community. The partnership is also predicted to facilitate links with the local commercial, advisory and deal-making communities.
Graham Watson concludes: "Customers are telling us they want a return to face-to-face banking where decisions are made locally. Our FSC does just that and John Whiteley is a key part of our plans to work closely with Doncaster businesses to meet their needs ."