Masthaven Bank has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Leigh Bartlett as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Director. The bank has also announced a series of promotions as it reshapes its leadership team in order to create the platform to drive the growth and maturation of the company.
Leigh joins from technology company FNZ and has more than 15 years of CFO experience operating principally in the financial services sector. He has worked both in the UK and overseas, having previously held CFO positions at Williams & Glyn, Westpac Banking Corporation, RBS and Alliance & Leicester.
Leigh Bartlett said:
“Masthaven is a key player in the UK challenger banking market and I’m looking forward to leading the bank’s finance function and playing a key role in the leadership of the bank as we move into the next stage of our evolution.”
Masthaven’s Managing Director Jon Hall has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Deputy CEO. Jon has a wealth of experience in the financial sector and – working with CEO Andrew Bloom – has been a pivotal player in Masthaven’s growth and development.
Other senior promotions at the bank include Tricia Halpin who was promoted to Chief People Officer (CPO). Tricia has over 25 years’ experience working in financial services in both corporate and retail banking as well as extensive human resource management experience. Paul McCan has also been promoted to Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Paul brings over 30 years' experience designing, building and managing IT systems and helped Masthaven develop and launch its technology platform in 2016.
Andrew Bloom, CEO, Masthaven, said
“Masthaven continues to deliver against our growth plans while simultaneously ensuring that we have the right talent and ethos within the business. Leigh is a high-calibre, experienced individual who shares our vision for the bank that Masthaven is and can become.
“These appointments reflect our continued investment in growing an expert team to help serve our customers, challenge the traditional high street lenders and be a bank which can whether any economic storm.
“Jon has been a high-quality MD for Masthaven and is the right person to lead the day-to-day running of the Bank as we pursue our five-year plan following the investment from Värde Partners. His move to CCO and Deputy CEO is well-timed and well-deserved.”
About Masthaven Bank Ltd
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.
It 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.
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