Chris Preston appointed to further Cornerstone Finance offering in south west

Chris Preston

Cornerstone Finance Group has appointed Chris Preston as Head of Commercial Finance (South West) to drive expansion of the business across the south west of England.

Chris, who has more than 35 years’ experience of advising SMEs through high street bankers NatWest/RBS, joins Wales-headquartered Cornerstone Finance Group where he’ll have responsibility for growing both the team and client base across the south west region.

Chris has vast experience having undertaken a number of senior roles during his banking career, as well as more recently running his own consultancy business. He most recently held the role of NatWest/RBS Regional Managing Director for the South West and Wales region, as well as Regional Board chairman.

Chris will be immediately joined by experienced banking duo Mark James and Lynn Ross who add over 75 years experience to the team having both had extensive relationship banking careers with NatWest.

Chris lives and will be based out of a new Plymouth office, which will extend the physical reach of the Cornerstone Finance Group offering a face to face presence across the west country – something which will add great value in these challenging times for business clients.

Chris, on his new appointment, said:

“I am delighted to be taking up this role to further expand the business and provide the support business clients need in these challenging times.

“Cornerstone has a proven track record of working with clients to offer unrivalled advice and support to find solutions that are right for them. I am delighted to be joining Cornerstone at such an exciting time and look forward to realising the opportunities that the south west brings.”

The Cornerstone Finance Group is a hub of financial industry experts offering specialist interlinking services that work together. The Group operates across five different sectors of the UK financial services market – commercial finance, commercial insurance, wealth, mortgage and protection.

Haydn Thomas, Chief Commercial Officer at Cornerstone Finance Group, commented:

“We are delighted to have Chris on board as we embark on a significant growth chapter in the Cornerstone journey.

“Chris brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts to take the business to the next level and we’re looking forward to growing the team and helping clients across the region to deliver the very best for them.”