The Five Minute Interview with Claire Rankin, Head of Networks, Shawbrook Bank


Claire_RankinShawbrook is a new savings and lending bank. Who specialise in the savings and lending markets where they have strong experience and knowledge. Shawbrook combine traditional banking values with a modern approach.



We speak to Claire Rankin, Head of Networks, Shawbrook Bank:


What is the best thing about being in the secured loan business?

Joining at a time where the secured loans sector is reporting record lending volumes month on month and the opportunity to take it to another level by embracing the regulatory changes.

What keeps you focussed?

The desire to deliver great results and achieve my goals.

What qualities do you look for in your employees or colleagues?

Positive attitudes, supportive, and fun to be around!

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

I’m a realist.

What did you want to be as a child?

An undertaker.

What will be the greatest challenge facing the secured loan industry in the coming months?

Of course the change of regulator and the ever evolving climate in the lead up to second charge secured loans becoming fully regulated mortgage contracts in 2016 will constantly challenge the sector.

I also think that changing perceptions and educating  brokers will be another challenge; helping them to recognise the various circumstances in which they should consider a Secured Loan as an alternative to a remortgage, in turn ensuring their commitment to helping their customers achieve the best possible outcome.

Who or what makes you laugh?

Micky Flanagan or an episode of Fawlty Towers.

Do you dread Monday mornings?

Definitely not.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’m pretty happy with myself!

With whom would you most like to have dinner?

My friends! I’ve moved recently and I’m long overdue dinner with a few of them.

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