SME bank Recognise has appointed a new regional director for the West Midlands.
Arun Sohanta has taken over the post and will be based in Recognise Bank’s regional hub in Birmingham.
He has more than 15 years of experience in banking and finance in the West Midlands, most recently as a director at Oaks, alongside other roles with Metro Bank, Lloyds TSB and Barclays.
In his new post, he will be responsible for developing and managing relationships with Recognise Bank’s customers in the West Midlands, with an initial focus on commercial real estate lending, particularly bridging finance, before expanding into new lending products.
Mr Sohanta said: “This is an exciting new role at Recognise Bank which is placing relationships at the heart of SME banking again.
“I am looking forward to providing SMEs and entrepreneurs a relationship-led banking proposition that is sadly missing in the sector.”
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In other appointments news, law firm Eversheds Sutherland has made a series of promotions in its Birmingham office.
Rob Holloway from the real estate litigation team has been made a partner while Rachel Soundy (corporate), Isabelle Mitchell (commercial litigation and dispute), Helen Eastwood (financial services disputes and investigations) and Adele Pogmore (core real estate) have been promoted to legal director.
Also in the legal sector, Birmingham-based Gowling WLG has made a series of partner promotions in the city.
They are Rob Bridgman (property litigation), Emma Carr (commercial litigation), Anna Colley (specialist real estate services), Sarah Dyer (contentious construction and engineering), Ruth Griffin (non-contentious construction and engineering), Gurinder Mann (real estate finance), Elizabeth Williams (projects and infrastructure) and Simon Wood (specialist real estate services).
Chief executive David Fennell said: “We are thrilled to promote this fantastic group of lawyers into the partnership.
“The business has continued to go from strength-to-strength as the financial year has progressed and bringing through our largest cohort of partners since 2016 is another strong endorsement of our performance during this uniquely challenging year.”
Engineering-led design construction firm Burns & McDonnell has named Jason Chandler as project director for the UK, a new senior leadership position within the firm.
Based in the Birmingham office, Mr Chandler will lead delivery of the firm’s transmission and distribution projects across the country.
Prior to joining Burns & McDonnell, he served as engineering and design director for Balfour Beatty.
Video and animation company Stone’s Throw Media has recruited a new digital marketing specialist.
Ed Potts has joined the Wolverhampton-based agency having previously been marketing and communications officer at Tettenhall College in the city.
In his new position, he will be responsible for delivering marketing campaigns to reach senior managers and directors looking to deliver creative and video content.
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has made eight promotions in its Birmingham office.
Property litigation solicitor Justine Ball, who specialises in telecoms and advising landowners on the termination and renewal of leases, has been promoted to partner after nearly ten years with the practice.
Further promotions include Hannah Pickering and Lucy Haynes who step up to legal director in the corporate and residential development teams respectively.
A further five promotions to associate level in the region have been made – Laura Taylor and Samantha Vaughan (commercial property and development), Monica Ghai (wealth), Nicola Lediard (litigation and restructuring) and Sarah Parker (residential development).
Pulse Cashflow Finance has appointed Martyn Freshwater as regional director to support the growth plans of SMEs across the West Midlands.
He brings more than 30 years of experience in the finance sector, having held both regional and leadership roles with both mainstream banks and independent funding providers.
The majority of his career was spent at Lloyds Commercial Finance before spells with Investec, Bibby Financial Services and Advantage Commercial Finance.
Barrister Alana Graham has joined Warwickshire law firm Lodders.
She is a tax, estate planning, wills and trusts specialist with more than 20 years of experience as a barrister.
At Lodders, she will advise clients on all tax-related matters as well as represent clients in courts.