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Hodge bolsters Commercial Lending team with three key appointments

The specialist lender has expanded the team to meet with demand and drive growth

(l to r) – Jon Hankins, David Hales and Andy Buss

Hodge has added three new experienced managers to its Commercial Lending team.

Andy Buss has joined as a senior business development manager along with David Hales as senior development finance manager and Jon Hankins as senior relationship manager.

Andy Buss joins Hodge from Cambridge and Counties Bank, and before that he spent nearly 20 years at NatWest in the Commercial Real Estate team, working with property developers and investors in the south west of England.

At Hodge, Andy will be building relationships with brokers and intermediaries in the commercial property investment sector and helping customers with their property portfolio plans.

David Hales has spent most of his career in commercial finance, most recently at Assetz Capital, where he was a commercial director lending money to house builders. He has also worked at the Bank of Scotland, Metro Bank and Clydesdale Banks in their commercial property departments.

David will be looking for  opportunities with experienced property developers  and supporting them through the finance process.  

Jon Hankins has moved back into banking after spending nearly four years with Homes England, managing a portfolio of property development clients. Before that he was at The Bank of Ireland and Barclays in various client management roles.

Jon will work on portfolio management  at Hodge, managing a group of commercial customers to support with their development and investment finance requirements.

Kevin Beevers, managing director of commercial lending at Hodge, said of the new appointments: “So far 2022 has been an exciting one for Hodge’s Commercial Lending team. We have launched four new products, with a fifth on the way next month, as well as making significant changes to the criteria around our development finance products to enable us to support more customers by lending on alternative residential classes, including office buildings, industrial and mixed-use buildings. On top of this, we’ve also added a wealth of experience to our team with a number of key appointments.

“Andy, David and Jon have great reputations in the industry and bring with them invaluable knowledge  which will no doubt add to our client offering.  In addition we are currently looking for a few more team members in the Development Finance and Portfolio teams.

“The rapid growth of our team demonstrates our ambition as a commercial lender, as well as our intention to offer the best service levels in the market.”