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Kensington appoints new head of national accounts

Kensington Mortgages has appointed Frances Hayter (pictured) as head of national accounts.

Her responsibilities will include managing key intermediary accounts.

Frances has over 15 years’ experience in financial services, having previously worked for Chelsea Building Society, Countrywide PLC and Principality, where she held the role of national account manager for nearly three years.

Kensington Mortgages sales and distribution director Steve Griffiths comments: “Frances joins us with a great amount of experience and we’re delighted to welcome her to the team.

“This is an exciting time for Kensington Mortgages, as we continue to meet the goals we set for ourselves following our full brand refresh at the end of last year.

“The knowledge, passion and professional relationships which Frances brings with her will be crucial in helping us in our long-term goals and we look forward to working closely with her.”

This comes after Kensington Mortgages released a series of new rates across its Select product range, at the back end of last year.

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