SME Bank Recognise appoints team in the Midlands

Recognise today announces the appointment of Jackie Skelt as regional director, London and the Midlands and Jeremy Lloyd as business development manager in the Midlands. Jeremy will be based at the bank’s Birmingham hub, whilst Jackie will be based in London.

Jackie joins Recognise with over 20 years’ experience, having worked in senior roles for various financial institutions, including NatWest, Santander and most recently spending four years leading a highly successful commercial relationship team for Metro Bank in Central London. Jackie excels in understanding the needs of SME businesses and tailoring appropriate lending solutions. She will lead the London and Midlands teams, to provide the SME market with a range of lending products to meet their lending requirements.

Jeremy joins Recognise following 29 years’ experience with Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and two Peer2Peer lenders. He was also a managing director of a commercial finance brokerage. Jeremy’s roles have primarily focused on commercial lending and client facing relationships. As business development manager at Recognise, his focus will be on developing long-lasting client relationships through a first-class service.

On her appointment, Jackie commented, “I am excited to take a hands-on role at Recognise at a time when SMEs really need the extra support. Our Midlands team is full of highly experienced people, with a passion for helping businesses grow. And the Midlands is full of businesses with great potential, crying out for specialist lending solutions.”

Jason Oakley, CEO of Recognise said “We are thrilled to add even more talent to our experienced team that will contribute to the growth of Recognise and our expansion within the regions. Jackie and Jeremy are the perfect additions to our Midlands team, with some truly rich experience in SME banking.”

Recognise’s founding ethos – and the reason for the bank’s name – is to focus on the SME community that has been so overlooked and neglected by mainstream banking. The bank will offer a relationship-led proposition which will be delivered through dedicated relationship managers (RMs) based in London, Midlands, Manchester, and Leeds. The relationship managers will meet each client and provide a responsive and personalised service. Each RM will have deep knowledge of industry sectors and a genuine appreciation for SME challenges.

This article appeared in Business Money Online on 24 November, 2020