The Cumberland Building Society has made two new key hires to its commercial team, bringing the team which has a focus on lending to accommodation-led hospitality businesses across the country to a total of 28. Andy Gibson joins the team as a Commercial Relationship Manager with more than 30 years’ experience in banking, having completed his banking exams achieving Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers status. Andy will look after The Cumberland’s customer base in the south-west of England, as well as hotels and guest houses in the north-west of England.

On his new appointment, Andy said: “I’m really pleased to be joining The Cumberland in such an exciting period of growth. I was initially attracted to the role after seeing the passion displayed by the senior team and I’m pleased to see that passion is shared amongst everybody within the business.
“The Cumberland and its relationship-managed approach is really filling a void that other banks are leaving. I’m looking forward to helping our existing customers to achieve their ambitions, bringing on more customers, and proving that we truly are a building society making a difference.”

Georgie McRoberts also joins as a Commercial Relationship Manager looking after a portfolio of existing connections and dealing with brokers and intermediaries to secure new business deals across Cumbria, south-west Scotland, and north-east England. She also has more than 15 years’ experience in financial services, having previously worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank.
Georgie commented: “I’m pleased to have started my role here at The Cumberland which puts people at the heart of what it does. There will undoubtedly be challenges ahead as we face further economic uncertainty but I’m looking forward to supporting our customers in any way that we can.”

Scott McKerracher, Head of Commercial Lending at The Cumberland said: “Georgie and Andy have both got a wealth of experience which I’m sure will positively impact our commercial team here at The Cumberland.
“As our customers continue to come under financial strain due to the ongoing financial crisis, we are pleased to be expanding our team in order to best support them and other potential new customers.”

The Cumberland has hired 148 colleagues in the past 12 months, expanding its workforce to 685 across the wider business.

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