Together has appointed Mike Davies as its new director of corporate affairs, as the specialist lender continues to expand its operations in line with long-term growth plans.
Mike joins from Instinctif Partners, where he spent over seven years, and was a managing partner of the Financial Institutions Group in the Capital Markets and Corporate division, for clients including Shawbrook and Arrow Global. Prior to this, he was a senior director in corporate and financial PR at Bell Pottinger.
With his experience spanning more than 25 years in financial services, Mike, who qualified as a chartered accountant, is a former investment banker, having worked at HSBC James Capel, and spent over a decade in investor relations roles, with his expertise spanning equity, bonds and debt.
Mike said: “Together has a 42 year heritage, leading positions in growing markets, an excellent customer-focused team and a unique and dynamic culture. I am delighted to be joining the business at such an exciting time in its development and look forward to working with the team to deliver the next phase of the Group’s growth story.”
Gary Beckett, Together’s chief financial officer added: “We’re delighted to welcome Mike to the Together team as we move forward with our ambitious plans. He brings significant experience, has a broad understanding of the specialist finance sector, and has built an extensive network across the investor community.
“During the past eight months we have successfully raised £795m across three public bond transactions, demonstrating strong demand from the investor community to support Together. Mike’s skills will be a valuable asset as we look to continually strengthen our existing relationships and build new ones to support our future growth plans.”
Together prides itself on its common sense approach to lending and has a current loan book in excess of £2 billion, with total new lending for the year ended 31 December 2016 at just under £1.1 billion.