Bibby Financial Services (BFS), has appointed Sharon Wiltshire as UK commercial director, Mary Sharp as commercial director – South, and Deborah Johnson as commercial director – North from 1 June 2017.
First joining BFS in 2001, Wiltshire has 30 years’ experience in commercial finance, having started her career at RBS Invoice Finance in 1987.
She has held a variety of operational and commercial roles with BFS, including operations director and managing director for the funder’s operations in Leicester, Birmingham and Bristol.
The announcement comes following Edward Winterton’s appointment as UK chief executive in April.
Speaking of her appointment, Wiltshire said: “We have grown significantly in recent years and our expanding product portfolio is now enabling us to support a growing number of businesses, whatever their ambitions.”
Wiltshire leaves her role as commercial director – South, and as part of the organisational restructure, Mary Sharp has been appointed as her replacement.
A chartered accountant, Sharp has over 28 years’ experience in invoice finance and first joined BFS as commercial director – North in 2016. Sharp has a PHD in Industrial Economics and, prior to joining BFS, held a variety of sales and operations management roles at Lloyds Banking Group and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Deborah Johnson, head of operations for BFS Yorkshire, has been appointed as commercial director – North.
Johnson has 30 years’ experience in commercial finance, having held operational roles with Alex Lawrie Factors and Five Arrows Business Finance, before joining BFS in 2008 as operations manager. In 2015, Johnson was appointed as head of operations for BFS’s Yorkshire office.
Speaking of the changes, UK chief executive for BFS, Edward Winterton said: “As a relationship-based funder, it’s our people that set us apart from the competition and I’m delighted to welcome Sharon, Mary and Deborah into their new roles.”
BFS said it supports more than 7,000 UK businesses with its Invoice Finance, Asset Finance, Foreign Exchange, Trade Finance and Export Finance solutions.