Leasing Life’s monthly summary of the key career moves in the leasing and finance industry.

BCR appoints non-executive directors

Banking Competition Remedies (BCR), the independent body established to implement the £775m Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) State Aid Alternative Remedies Package, has announced the appointment of two non-executive directors to its board.

Nigel Vooght and John Howard will join the BCR leadership team working alongside the main board consisting of executive chair Godfrey Cromwell and executive directors Brendan Peilow and Aidene Walsh. Nigel Vooght led PwC’s Global Financial Services practice and was a member of PwC’s Global Financial Services Board. He has over 35 years’ experience in global financial services consulting, where he has developed a broad and deep understanding of the regulatory, risk and technological challenges to financial services companies.

Prior to this, he was a leading partner in the business recovery practice, where he developed an entrepreneurial approach to growing businesses. Howard joins with a strong background in regulation and an in-depth understanding of consumers. He is currently vice-chair of the Family Building Society and founder and director of Consumer Insights, a consultancy specialising in principles-based regulation.

He has previously held positions as a non-executive director at the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) and the Financial Ombudsman Service, and as chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel to the Financial Services Authority. A former broadcaster and presenter of Radio 4’s You and Yours, Howard is a member of the Independent Governance Committee at Lloyds Banking Group, and has been a member of a number of advisory committees and independent commissions for many years.

Shoosmiths adds Vauxhall finance lawyer as partner

Shoosmiths has appointed the former head of legal – UK and Sweden at Opel Vauxhall Finance as partner to its national financial services team. Gemma Napper completed her training contract at Shoosmiths in 2004, qualifying into a corporate role, later specialising as a financial services lawyer.

In 2009 she joined Arthur Cox in the firm’s banking team, before leaving to work in-house at Opel Vauxhall Finance, where for the past three years Napper has been head of legal for the UK, Swedish and Irish operations. In her role as partner in Shoosmiths’ financial services team, Napper will be based at the firm’s Milton Keynes office.

Shoosmiths’ head of financial services at Shoosmiths, Stephen Dawson, said: “This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to recruit a senior lawyer of Gemma’s calibre, reputation and profile in the automotive, finance and broader financial services sectors, and we are very pleased that Gemma has chosen to return to Shoosmiths. “With Shoosmiths being one of the leading providers to the financial services sector, her appointment complements our overall offering for our clients as we seek to further enhance their experience with us and as we further expand our unique offering. Her role in Milton Keynes will let us target new opportunities and build on existing relationships.” Napper said: “This is an exceptional time to be joining Shoosmiths. The firm has an excellent reputation for client experience across the board, which, having worked in house for many years, is something in-house legal teams really look for and something I have experienced first-hand.”

Midlands asset finance adds relationship manager

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has appointed a relationship manager to cover the Leicestershire area. Based in Syston, Leicestershire where she was born and lives, Shital Koria joins the business to support SME and corporate clients with asset finance, invoice finance and property finance. Joining from Lombard where she worked as a relationship manager, Koria also spent 10 years as a business manager and service quality manager at Royal Bank of Scotland. Koria is the ninth appointment of the year for MAF, following the recent hiring of five graduates as the firm continues its expansion, which has seen the business more than double in size in the last 18 months. Harry Krikken, Charlie Hubble and Liam Delaney were recruited as trainee relationship managers, Ryan Walker has become a marketing executive, and Sam Greasley has joined as sales co-ordinator while he completes an apprenticeship in business administration. Including the new hires, the team at MAF now stands at 28 people.