Santander Corporate & Commercial has strengthened its support for healthcare businesses across the UK with the appointments of Graham McKean as Head of SME Healthcare and Mark Pavis as Head of Corporate Healthcare.
The newly created national roles will help the bank increase its commitment to a sector which currently has a lending book in excess of £2bn. The UK healthcare companies whose growth Santander has supported to date include businesses in the care home, GP, pharmacy, dental, optical, and veterinary sectors, as well as children’s day nurseries, education services, hospitals and specialist care sectors.
The appointments of Graham and Mark support Santander’s strategy to provide dedicated support to SMEs and larger corporate operators, by working together to deliver the products and services that healthcare businesses of all sizes need to develop and expand.
Graham will be responsible for developing strong relationships with new and existing customers as well as partnering healthcare support agencies. He will be supported in this national role by Santander’s team of more than 320 Relationship Directors based across the UK.
Mark will be supported by Corporate Healthcare teams based in London and Leeds, who are focused on working with the larger operators in the sector, structuring their financial requirements to support their growth ambitions.
Graham joins Santander from Lloyds Bank, where he held a number of leadership roles, while Mark has been part of the Santander Corporate Healthcare team for the past couple of years, prior to which he worked with large corporate clients across a range of sectors. Both Graham and Mark have more than 30 years each of experience in corporate and commercial lending.
Marcelino Castrillo, Managing Director of SME Banking at Santander, said: “The UK healthcare sector has an extremely important role to play in all of our lives and also continues to be a key driver of UK GDP and employment. Graham and Mark’s appointments will help us deepen relationships with our customers and supports our commitment to being the bank of choice for UK companies as we increase our support and funding for this sector.”