Reporting to CEO Brian Brodie, Skinner (pictured) will be working with the senior team to shape and deliver the group strategy, while helping to enhance the pace of growth and operational flexibility.
He will be responsible for the funding and capital structure of the group, as well as the management of relationships with investors, banks and advisers.
The appointment follows the recent launch of Freedom Finance’s cloud-based platform.
Brodie said the appointment had bolstered Freedom Finance’s leadership team and brought a wealth of strategic mergers and acquisitions experience.
Skinner added: “I was eager to join a hugely ambitious senior team who have a clear vision for the future of the business.
“I am very much looking forward to contributing to the strategy and to helping Freedom Finance deliver an exceptional experience for its customers.”