Intelligent Finance joins sales and marketing forces

Intelligent Finance is integrating its sales and marketing teams. Ian Jeffery, currently sales director, will head up the new team as sales and marketing director from the end of August.

Angela McIntosh, marketing director at Intelligent Finance, will be retiring at the end of August but has agreed to remain with the bank in a consultancy role on its flagship sponsorship programme until the end of the year. Intelligent Finance accredits McIntosh with a “massive contribution” to building the brand, achieving critical business growth and creating a dynamic marketing team.

McIntosh says: “It will be a real wrench for me to retire having been in at the birth of this exciting business which is now the number one UK direct bank in volume terms. I know, however, that I am handing the baton to safe hands in Ian, having worked with him at Intelligent Finance since the beginning and also worked with him in a similar role at Standard Life Bank. I am sure that Intelligent Finance will continue breaking records.”

Jeffery brings a track record of innovation and 25 years experience in sales and marketing in the financial services industry to his enlarged role. He has been an integral part of Intelligent Finance&#39s management team since its inception and will lead a 60-strong team of sales and marketing specialists.

Since the 18 months since its full launch, Intelligent Finance has experienced outstanding growth with a 10.4% share of the UK net mortgage lending, half a million accounts opened across the range and balances in excess of £12 billion with a further £1.1 billion in the pipeline.

Jim Spowart, chief executive of Intelligent Financa, says: “Angela and her team have done a terrific job and I will be very sorry to see her go, particularly as I have had the pleasure of working side by side with her for many, many years. During Ian&#39s time with us, he has proved that he has the vision to build on our success and maintain Intelligent Finance&#39s astonishing momentum.”

Ian Jeffery says: “Intelligent Finance has carved out a position as one of the most innovative banks in Britain today. We give consumers simple, clear, competitive products and, in offset banking, we have pioneered a much fairer way of banking. I have a very hard act to follow but I am looking forward to building on these achievements.”