Previously chief operating officer, Barker joined Skipton in 1992 as technical manager. He replaces outgoing managing director Mark Fleet who has become chief distribution officer at Skipton Building Society. Fleet has also become chairman of SFS.
Barker said: "Skipton Financial Services is a great company to work for with brilliant staff providing an industry leading service to our customers. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead SFS into what I am sure will be a fantastic future."