Lloyds Bank has reinforced its commitment to the UK’s not-for-profit sector with the appointments of Chris Francis as relationship director, and Sarah Baker as relationship manager.

Operating out of the bank’s offices in London, both will play a leading role in providing financial solutions to new and existing customers across the capital as part of the bank’s on-going commitment to charities, who are increasingly looking to bridge the financial gap as other sources of funding continue to fall.

Chris brings over 30 years’ experience in banking. In his previous role as relationship director he worked with large charities, education and local government customers across the South Midlands, where he developed a number of new banking relationships for Lloyds Bank. In his new role, Chris will further specialise in the not-for-profit sector and look to replicate his previous success for the London charities team.

Sarah Baker & Chris Francis
Sarah Baker & Chris Francis

Chris Francis, relationship director at Lloyds Bank’s charities team in London, said:

“Just like any business, charities need financial support to realise their aspirations for growth, whether it is to build and develop community assets, or expand to meet growing demand for their services. I look forward to working with charities across the capital, and delivering the bespoke financial services they need.”

Sarah joins from Halifax, where she spent over 20 years across property, retail, and business support and risk management. She most recently worked as a mortgage manager, where she headed up a large team that spanned across 13 branches in London.

Sarah Baker, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank’s charities team in London, commented:

“The sector plays such a vital role in London; not only does it provide essential support networks, but charities provide mentorship and a hand up. This can enable some of the most disadvantaged to really make the most of all of the opportunities in London.”

Nigel Tyrrell, head of national charities team at Lloyds Bank, added:

“The UK charity sector continues to face many challenges, so at Lloyds Bank’s charities team we strive hard for our clients to help them overcome these, and above all enable them to fulfil their ambitions. Providing support to charities is an integral part of our Helping Britain Prosper plan, as they provide the support to really help our communities thrive.”