Secure Trust Bank’s (STB) Commercial Finance division has appointed John Gribbon as regional director for Yorkshire and the North-East.

Gribbon comes from 26 years in Invoice Finance at Royal Bank of Scotland, most recently as regional managing director for the North.

In his new role, Gribbon will be additionally responsible for building a local STB team in Leeds.

Gribbon said: “Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance [has] seen outstanding levels of growth since inception, making the firm one of the top 10 providers of asset based lending in the UK.

“I am looking forward to working with the professional community and businesses across Yorkshire and North East, and developing STB’s already strong reputation for delivery.”

Sean Powell, national sales director at STB Commercial Finance, said: “John’s strong reputation and expertise make him an excellent addition to the team, and will help us grow our operations into new regional markets. John will be an integral part of our senior leadership team and will support us as we continue to grow our lending balances at the impressive rate we have seen in recent times with a strong focus on service.”

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Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance is headquartered in Manchester. In the year to June 2017, it reported a 72% increase to £92.4m in SME lending.