We are thrilled to add two new team members to the business as we continue to build our team ahead of launching as an SME-focused bank later this year.
We warmly welcome our new Commercial Director, Alastair Christmas, who has over 30 years of experience within the UK financial sector at the Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank including notable, high-profile positions at Clydesdale Bank, where latterly he led a UK-wide team of 200 corporate and finance professionals as UK Head of Corporate and Structured Finance.
Alastair is a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute of Scotland and has recently completed his term as board member of the Confederation of Business and Industry (CBI) Scotland. He is particularly skilled and experienced in portfolio management, financial risk, business relationship management and corporate finance.
We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Dow as our new HR Director. Mark joins Alba from The Mortgage Lender where he helped build and develop the HR strategy for the business. He is a Chartered CIPD Human Resources Professional with a proven record of demonstrating a return on HR investment, effectiveness and value.
Rod Ashley, Alba’s CEO, commented: “We are delighted Alastair and Mark have joined us at what is an incredibly exciting time for the business. Their wealth of experience and impressive track record within the UK financial sector will undoubtedly be a huge asset to the business as we continue to build a talented team determined on becoming a new bank with a clear vision and purpose – to support small and medium-sized businesses as they develop their aspirations, grow and realise their potential.”