Newport-based Henry Howard Finance Group (HHF) has appointed a head of HR and compliance, intended to support the funder’s recruitment drive.
Melissa Rees, from Bridgend in South Wales, has over 14 years’ experience in HR leadership and compliance oversight roles in the financial services sector. She joins the business from Vauxhall Finance, where she held the role of UK deputy money laundering reporting officer and senior compliance specialist.
Rees has been appointed to her role to help the firm identify and manage regulatory risks through the development of a robust compliance and operational risk management framework.
An employment law graduate at Swansea Metropolitan University, Rees has held professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) by qualification since 2003 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Rees said: “The business has experienced significant growth during an unprecedented period of regulatory reform. We have a great track record in repeat business and we want that to continue. We will be expanding the HR infrastructure and continuing to provide responsive compliance support to employees are essential tools to achieve sustained delivery of successful customer outcomes.
“Having spent the majority of my career working with entrepreneurial businesses in the SME market, it’s great to have the opportunity to influence change in a highly successful, people-centric and forward-thinking business such as Henry Howard Finance.”
Mark Catton, group chief executive of Henry Howard Finance, said: “Operating in the financial services sector, it is absolutely imperative that we not only uphold the highest standards but also that we recruit and retain the best staff.
“Melissa’s appointment is another string to our bow which will help us develop our company objectives and we are delighted that she has joined the company.”
In July Henry Howard Group announced the sale of its cashflow finance division to Advantedge Commercial Financial.