People: Unity Trust Bank; Rippon Homes

Andrew Bird

Unity Trust Bank has appointed Andrew Bird as regional director for the Midlands.

Bird joined the bank in 2021 from Nucleus Commercial Finance and has held relationship management and senior leadership roles at Santander, Barclays and HSBC.

Deborah Hazell, CEO at Unity Trust Bank, said: “Andrew’s network of contacts and his long history in retail and commercial banking will be invaluable to his team of relationship managers who will bring Unity’s services and expertise to more SME clients across the Midlands.”

Mansfield-based housebuilder Rippon Homes has bolstered its commercial team with two new appointments.

Jennifer Mee and Andrew Kelly join the firm as buyer and quantity surveyor respectively.

Mee said: “Rippon Homes is a local developer and works on a smaller scale compared to my previous experience. This gives me the opportunity to be more involved and have more responsibility which I thrive on. It gives me great pride when I achieve my goals.

“Since starting I have been made to feel very welcome by everybody. The site team are helpful and accommodating and the office staff have great spirit and are very supportive.”

Kelly said: “I was attracted to working for Rippon Homes as it is a small tight knit company where all departments work closely together.

“I will continue to be an active part in helping the growth of the business and helping to set up new procedures and methods.”

Andrew Kelly

Jennifer Mee