Bus and coach funder Forest Asset Finance, part of the Asset Alliance Group, has appointed John Meikle as business development manager for Scotland.

The role will see Meikle working to develop relationships with bus and coach fleet operators in Scotland, and helping to develop Forest Asset Finance’s business structure and service offering.

Prior to joining Forest Asset Finance, Meikle was corporate business development director at HSBC. Before this he held a number of roles within the bank, and was head of asset finance at Forward Trust Scotland – a subsidiary of HSBC- for nearly a decade.

Asset Alliance Group, specialists in commercial vehicle contract hire, finance and sales, acquired Forest Asset Finance in January 2016. The group has secured a £75m revolving asset based lending deal led by Royal Bank of Scotland and supported by HSBC.