Hampshire Trust Bank appoints sales manager


Mike Kilford Hmpshire Trust Bank

Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) has announced the appointment of Mike Kilford as sales manager within its middle ticket specialist equipment asset finance division.

Mike has over 25 years experience in the asset finance industry, spending the past 12 years at Aldermore Bank, working with a variety of brokers across the UK.

Before that, he ran his own brokerage for four years.

During his career he has also worked for Capital Bank, Hodge Bank, Hitachi Capital and Tokyo Leasing. He has held numerous sales roles throughout his career, with a focus on machinery finance and construction.

Kilford’s appointment highlights the bank’s commitment to support the funding of investments for both SME and corporate clients across a wide range of asset classes.

Mike Kilford, sales manager, Asset Finance, Hampshire Trust Bank, commented:

“I have followed HTB over recent years and have been impressed with their ability to find solutions, whilst continuing to provide outstanding service levels.

I am excited to be joining the team at this time in HTB’s story and playing a major part in its success moving forward.

I am looking forward to being reunited with a number of former colleagues and working together again to deliver the Bank’s growth ambition as we support our brokers and businesses across England and Wales.”

Paul Bartley, managing director, Asset Finance, Hampshire Trust Bank, added: 

“We have assembled an outstanding team in our asset finance division and Mike’s appointment further enhances our capability and appetite to pursue our ambitious growth strategy.

He will also be able to use his considerable experience and expertise to support our valued brokers on larger value transactions across a wide range of asset classes including engineering, construction, and ‘green’ assets.

His skills and experience will be invaluable as we continue to build our position in the asset finance market through innovation, expertise, and great customer service.

Indeed, against a backdrop of challenging economic conditions, HTB’s market leading service levels led to a 47% growth in loan book in 2022.

HTB has become a magnet for the brightest and best talent in the industry and Mike’s appointment supports HTB’s commitment to this area of the market and our ability to build upon the success of last year in 2023 and beyond.

He will be a key contributor to our future success.”