United Trust Bank has appointed Achi Ejikeme as a senior manager for property development.

Ejikeme has over 15 years’ experience in property finance and joins from Oaknorth Bank where he was a senior manager.

He has also spent time at Lloyds Bank and Secure Trust Bank.

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In his new role, Ejikeme will support housebuilders and developers in the South and East of England.

Adam Bovingdon, senior director of property development at United Trust Bank, said: “We’re continuing to expand the property development team at United Trust Bank by recruiting experienced property finance professionals with the skills and drive to support SME developers and housebuilders across the country.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re having a busy year with strong demand for our CBILS products as well as our standard funding solutions.

“SME housebuilders need supportive lenders more now than ever.

“They have a vital role to play in helping to deliver the many thousands of new homes the UK still needs as well as employing significant numbers of people and contributing to local economies.”