NatWest appoints new directors, business banking and commercial banking for Birmingham

NatWest is pleased to announce the appointments of Paul Brookes, (right), to the position of director, business banking and Surinder Summan, (left), as director, commercial banking for Birmingham.

In their new roles Paul takes on responsibility for running the NatWest business banking operations for Birmingham – which supports businesses, that turnover up to £2m -and Surinder assumes responsibility for the commercial banking business - which supports businesses turning over between £2m-£25m.

Paul and Surinder take over their roles as the bank creates two specialist divisions to look after the SME market in Birmingham, utilising the experience of its managers through two dedicated business channels. Paul runs a team of 14 managers across the City and the surrounding area. Surinder has a team of 12managers based in the bank’s business centres in St Phillips Place and Solihull.

Paul has 20 years of banking experience having joined NatWest in 1990. He has held a number of managerial roles within the business banking channel and most recently was as director of asset finance for Lombard. Surinder has worked in banking for 20 years. He has also held a number of key managerial roles within the commercial.

Paul Brookes said: “We are changing the way we serve the Birmingham SME marketplace by providing management support to what we perceive to be two distinct markets. In doing so we are placing our most experienced managers, who are all local to the area with those customers who can benefit most from their knowledge and business contacts.”

Surinder Summan added: “We remain committed to supporting our Birmingham based customers and their business aspirations. The closer we can get to our customers, the better we can support them. We believe this new local proposition, with dedicated experienced managers focusing on the business and commercial channels, will strengthen further our existing customer relationships and attract new business to the bank.”