Close Brothers has added seven members of staff to its Scottish team, based in Livingston, West Lothian, including three new managers and four branch underwriters.

Stephen Walsh has been named as operations manager, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Scottish branch. Walsh has 13 years’ banking experience and has undertaken many roles ranging from managing consumer lending, to helping set up Lloyds TSB’s overseas contact centre.

Matt Maley becomes a sales manager, responsible for helping Scottish dealerships, and managing a team of five account manager dedicated to the region.

One of these managers is Mark Barker. Barker has previously worked at the Scottish Motor Trader Association, and has also spent time working in retail sales for a dealership in the past.

Joining as branch underwriters are: Owen McAdam, Raymond Maxwell, Laura Sandison and Scott McEwan.

James Broadhead, chief executive officer of Close Brothers Motor Finance said: “Expanding the team in Scotland reinforces our commitment to the Scottish market – a region which plays an important part in our business plans. Our new recruits allow us to further focus and expand the support we can provide to our dealership-partners and customers in Scotland.”

“Face-to-face dealership support is a crucial part of our business and these strategic appointments will help us to further support dealerships through strong local account management, accessible regional support teams and flexible human underwriting”