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Kent Reliance appoints Rob Procter as deputy chief executive

Kent Reliance has announced the appointment of Rob Procter as deputy chief executive and a member of the main board.

As head of lending, Kent Reliance says Procter has been instrumental in the comprehensive revision of the society&#39s lending policy and product range.

He established Kent Reliance&#39s commercial lending and buy-to-let teams and is also managing director of its wholly-owned subsidiary Jersey Home Loans, where assets have trebled to £150m in under two years.

Last year&#39s review of building societies by accountants KPMG confirmed Kent Reliance as the fastest growing society for the second successive year and showed its mortgage arrears as the lowest among the top 45 societies.

Procter&#39s current executive responsibilities include franchising the branch network by transferring existing branches to agencies and a key role in the outsourcing of business processes to Chennai and Bangalore in India.


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