HTB appoints deputy managing director for development finance

She is seen as an ideal fit for the newly created position

HTB appoints deputy managing director for development finance

Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) has announced the appointment of Uliana Kuzmis (pictured) as deputy managing director within its development finance division.

Kuzmis joins HTB from Octopus Group, where she spent seven years and last held the position of head of development finance (light). She will report to Alex Upton, managing director of development finance.

Commenting on her appointment, Kuzmis said she was thrilled to be joining HTB.

“From the beginning, I could see so much potential within the development finance division,” she stated. “We have a large team of talented and driven individuals who all thrive to deliver an exceptional customer journey experience to our customers.

“I always look beyond the ‘what’ and the ‘who’ – and right now, I want to focus on the ‘how’. I strongly believe that, especially in these challenging and uncertain times, a lender should be there for its clients and strive to do the right thing in the right manner. And I see this within HTB.”

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Upton added that with Kuzmis in the team, she is confident that HTB can achieve its ambitious growth plans.  

“Uliana has extensive experience of the UK development finance marketplace,” Upton said. “The fact that she has worked across a range of roles means she is ideally suited for success within this new position in the division.  

“We have a real appetite for new business, which was highlighted by the recent increase in our maximum loan amount from £15 million to £25 million.”