Bibby Financial Services appoint Ian Lomas to drive expansion plans
Former Lloyds director to head-up niche business funding division
Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has appointed former Lloyds Commercial Finance client and collateral management director, Ian Lomas.
Ian will join the business on 1 June as niche products director, reporting directly to UK chief executive, David Postings.
David said the appointment forms part of BFS’ significant expansion strategy. He said: “Ian is an experienced senior executive with a history of success. I’m delighted to welcome him to BFS where I’m sure he will have an immediate impact.
“This is a key appointment and having someone of Ian’s calibre will undoubtedly help us to take our business to the next level and further enhance the vital support we provide to businesses in the UK.”
Ian – who has 22 years’ experience in the invoice finance market – will be responsible for the funder’s lease finance, trade, international and construction products as it looks to further compete with the banks in lending to businesses.
Ian said: “BFS clearly has ambitious plans for growth and will play an important part in supporting small and medium sized enterprises over the coming years. For this reason, it will undoubtedly be an exciting place to be and I’m very much looking forward to working with my new teams and the wider BFS family.”
Ian joined Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance in 1992 and was appointed to the board as an executive director in 1997. Over the past 20 years he has held a variety of senior leadership roles, leading national sales and client management teams of more than 300 in the invoice finance market, as well as responsibility for Lloyds HP and leasing business.
Ian added: “BFS is an extremely progressive organisation and it has been making a significant dent in the market share of banks over recent years. I’m delighted to be joining at a time when the business is growing.”
The news follows a string of senior appointments with Mark Lindsey now heading-up Bibby trade finance, the appointment of Helen Wheeler as managing director of construction finance and Marie Harvey taking-up the role of managing director for export finance.
David added: “Our clients tell us that we provide a better service than the banks and we know that we have a greater appetite to lend. Over the past 12 months, we have invested in our people and technology to ensure that we can continue to offer this market-leading service to our customers.”