Masthaven promotes Rob Barnard to Director of Intermediaries

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Masthaven Bank has announced that it has promoted Rob Barnard to the newly-created role of Director of Intermediaries. Rob Barnard will now be responsible for Masthaven’s sales division alongside Richard Deacon, Masthaven’s Sales Director for short-term lending, bringing all of Masthaven’s products under a single, unified sales function.
Rob joined Masthaven in September 2018 as Sales Director, responsible for the sales team handling Masthaven’s first and second charge residential and buy-to-let mortgage offerings.  He will now also oversee the team responsible for all intermediary sales.  Prior to joining Masthaven, Rob was Sales Director at Pepper Money and Head of Business Development at Aldermore Bank.
Rob Barnard, Director of Intermediaries at Masthaven, said:
“Masthaven has a great reputation in the short-term space and strategically it makes perfect sense for us to bring our long and short-term lending offerings closer together as a single sales team. Brokers want a joined-up sales team and that’s exactly what we’re offering. Many of our intermediary partners are interested in diversifying their businesses into the short-term lending market, so it’s a strategic growth area for us. Myself and Richard working together in an integrated sales team will make it easier for both smaller firms and major distributors to do business with Masthaven.” 
Rob Barnard’s promotion is part of a planned reshaping of Masthaven’s senior leadership team and follows the recent appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in Leigh Bartlett as well as Masthaven’s managing director Jon Hall who has been appointed to Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Deputy CEO of the bank.
Jon Hall, CCO and Deputy CEO at Masthaven, said: “Rob is an experienced sales team leader who has made a significant impact at the bank since he joined. Rob shares our vision for the future of Masthaven and Rob and Richard working together across our sales function for all types of lending will strength the Masthaven offering in the marketplace.”
About Masthaven Bank
Masthaven launched as a retail bank in 2016 and offers award-winning saving and lending products. Prior to that, Masthaven Finance has provided a flexible and personalised approach to bridging loans and secured lending since 2004. Today, the bank’s knowledgeable and experienced specialists are committed to providing customers with flexible and fixed term savings accounts, bridging loans, development finance and mortgages.
Masthaven was recognised as 2019’s Most Innovative Digital Retail Bank UK by CFI, the second consecutive win for the category. Masthaven won Best Second Charge Mortgage Lender in the Your Mortgage Awards 2018/19 and Customer Service of the Year in the Money Age Mortgage Awards in 2019.
Masthaven was also awarded Best Specialist Lender in the Moneynet Personal Finance Awards 2019. Masthaven Finance has featured in 2015’s The Sunday Times’ Virgin Fast Track 100 (at number 81) and the bank ranked 240 in Financial Times’ FT1000 list published in 2017. The bank is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority.
Gaby Bryson, Rostrum
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