Maria Harris is leaving Atom Bank after five years to become an independent industry consultant.
Harris will step down from her role as director of retail mortgages at the lender this week with plans to pursue new opportunities over the summer.
David Castling will take over in charge of the intermediary lending team, reporting to chief operations officer Stewart Bromley.
Atom Bank chief executive Mark Mullen says: “Maria was rightly named ‘Banker of the Year’ at the Inaugural Women in Finance Awards for her achievements and impact in UK banking while she was at Atom.
“After five years of contributing to our success we wish Maria all the very best with her new ventures.
“I am delighted that we are bringing both continuity and experience to our intermediary relationships with the appointment of David Castling.”
Harris says: “It’s almost impossible to capture the last five years in words. To design, build and launch the UK’s first fully digital mortgage has been an exhilarating and rewarding experience.
“As a local lass, the bank and the jobs that we’ve created in the North East is something that I’m immensely proud to have been a part of and I know will create a lasting legacy for the region.
“I’d like to thank Mark and all of my Atom family for an amazing, crazy and emotional journey and know they’ll have every success in the future.”
You can read Mortgage Strategy’s 2017 profile of Maria Harris here.