Alternative finance specialist appoints new boss

Steve Noble

Alternative finance firm Reward Finance has appointed a new managing director in the North West.

Steve Noble is one of the best-known and well-respected figures within the industry.

He brings with him more than 30 years’ experience of leading teams within financial services, as well as first-hand experience of assisting and supporting SMEs.

He joins from Ultimate Finance Group, where he was chief operating officer, prior to which he spent 20 years at RBS, and was also risk director for business finance at Aldermore.

In his new role he will be leading the company’s rapidly expanding North West team.

The appointment completes the formation of the senior management team at Reward, with Steve taking over the role in the North West from Nick Smith, who has now stepped up to become Group MD, and Gemma Wright continuing her role as MD of Yorkshire and the North East.

Nick Smith said: “I have known and worked with Steve for many years and I could not have hoped for a better person to join us.

“With Gemma Wright heading up the Leeds office and Steve responsible for Manchester, both of whom are supported by some of the most experienced people in the finance sector, we really do have a formidable team to take the business forward.”

Steve Noble said: “The chance to join forces with Nick, Gemma, risk director Tim Stafford and the North West team, many of whom I have had direct experience of working with in the past, was irresistible.

“Having helped to support SMEs financially for most of my career, I have admired Reward’s no-nonsense approach to funding. Its combination of business knowledge, flexibility and speed of decision-making ensures companies can access finance when they need it most.”