Lankey starts the role at the end of February after a long career with Aldermore, the NACFB and most recently, Amicus.
He will lead the growth of Shawbrook’s commercial investment arm which represents a key area of focus for the lender in 2019 and beyond.
The bank is adding 15 industry experts to this team including several senior underwriters, as well as credit risk and lending operations staff to support an end-to-end customer journey.
The team includes other industry stalwarts in the shape of Mike Williams, David Stiff, Luke Watson and Steve Prydderch. Lankey will lead this expert function to deliver the bank’s ambitious growth plans in the commercial and semi-commercial investment space.
Lankey said: “I’m delighted to be joining Shawbrook at such an exciting time, both for the business and the market. Portfolio investors in the commercial space represent a key demographic for the UK and supporting these businesses with their growth plans via the broker channel is a big part of Shawbrook’s future plans.
“Shawbrook has always led from the front with innovative products and a strong service proposition, and this is culturally something with which I am very familiar given my previous roles. I know the team well from my time in the industry and am looking forward to hitting the ground running in the summer”.
Emma Cox, sales director, Shawbrook commercial mortgages, said: “Rob has a wealth of experience across the commercial landscape and having him take on this important role within the senior leadership team is a big win. This immediately dials up our capability in the commercial space and along with on-going investment in other areas of the business, demonstrates our appetite to grow in all our specialist markets.”
She added: “At a time where there is some industry turbulence from a lender perspective, it is encouraging to be able to make firm commitments for the future in support of brokers and property professionals”.
New year, new start
In January, Shawbrook promoted Daniel Standing to regional development manager for London and the South East, moving from the bank’s underwriting team where he held the position of senior manager.
Also in January, Specialist lending Solutions exclusively reported that John Eastgate quit One Savings Bank (OSB) to join Shawbrook Bank as managing director for commercial mortgages.