Henry Howard Finance has made two senior appointments to the vendor finance division, as part of its drive to expand equipment finance offering.

Marie Dunkley has joined Henry Howard Finance as head of vendor, hard asset finance, to create a new vendor-led asset finance stream. She joined from her role of UK sales director for construction, transport and industrial at DLL.

Prior to this, Dunkley held senior roles at Hitachi Capital and GE Capital.

Ms Dunkley said: “I’m delighted to join Henry Howard Finance – the company’s forward-thinking approach, customer-centric ideals and growing own-book lending is an exciting journey that I’m keen to be part of as they establish a stronger presence in vendor asset finance.”

Charlie Ryley joins Henry Howard Finance’s vendor finance team as an account manager under the leadership of Gyles Thompson, after spending time at Pinnacle Telecom in Wales.

Mr Ryley said: “A major priority for Henry Howard Finance is to ensure all customers are provided with the best possible service. Previous roles have set me up well for that challenge and I’m really pleased to be joining such as innovative company that continually puts the customers first.”

Henry Howard Finance recently celebrated a year-on-year increase of 50% in own-book lending.

Mark Catton, chief executive officer of Henry Howard Finance, said: “I am thrilled to be welcoming Marie and Charlie into our team. We continue to enjoy success across our markets and we are very pleased to have their experience to help us manage this growth and build high quality customer relationships.”

Last month HHF appointed a chief financial officer, Mark Tweed. He will join HHF from October. Tweed was previously at Opel/Vauxhall Finance as deputy European chief financial officer. Prior to this, Tweed was managing director in the UK for GM Financial, and chief financial officer in the UK for US-headquartered financial services provider Ally.