Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) has promoted Louise McIntosh to operations director and has appointed Nigel Pearce as a senior underwriter within its Specialist Business Finance division.

McIntosh and Pearce are based in London and report to Jon Maycock, managing director of Specialist Business Finance and Andrew Woodhouse, credit and risk director, respectively.

McIntosh has been central to driving the growth of the Specialist Business Finance division since she joined HTB earlier this year. McIntosh has 15 years operational and change management experience in the industry and joined from Amicus Finance where she project managed the launch of a new Commercial Mortgage division.

Prior to this, McIntosh worked at Aldermore Bank, and she started her career at ING Lease UK.

Bringing over two decades of experience to HTB, Pearce joins from Distribution Finance Capital where he served as risk director. Prior to this, Pearce was head of credit at Paragon Bank. Pearce also served as managing director at Five Arrows Business Finance and Fineline Media Finance.

Jon Maycock said: “I would like to congratulate Louise on her promotion, this is a recognition of her technical ability and specialist knowledge, she has played a pivotal role in driving the success of our business strategy. We are delighted to welcome Nigel to our growing team, he is a recognised industry leader with extensive market expertise and an outstanding track record.  Louise and Nigel are proving invaluable as we build our proposition through innovation, expertise and first-rate customer service. People are the key differentiator in this increasingly competitive marketplace, which is why we prioritise attracting and retaining market practitioners of Louise and Nigel’s calibre.

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The continued growth of our Specialist Business Finance division demonstrates our commitment to providing tailored and flexible solutions for our intermediary network and forms part of our wider strategy to deliver excellence through specialism in our chosen markets. These recent appointments are evidence of our dedication to this approach.”