Strategic move

Hulse to drive Handelsbanken growth in Edinburgh

Kevin Hulse
New role: Kevin Hulse.

Local relationship bank Handelsbanken has appointed Kevin Hulse as its first corporate manager – business development for Edinburgh.

Born and bred in the capital, the 43-year-old steps into the newly-created position after two years with the bank as a corporate manager based at its Edinburgh East branch at Waterloo Place.

The appointment sees Hulse take on responsibility for driving the bank’s growth across the city, his remit also covering the Edinburgh West End branch at Haymarket.

This is a first for the 150-year-old Swedish bank, which has had a presence in Edinburgh since 2009.

Hulse brings more than 20 years of experience in the banking sector, having joined Handelsbanken after four years with Aldermore Bank where he was the senior lending manager for Scotland. Prior to joining Aldermore, he had spent 16 years with Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, where he enjoyed success in a number of various roles with a property lending background.

Edinburgh West End branch manager Iain Henderson said: “This represents a step-change for the bank in Edinburgh and supports our growth strategy both in the city and UK as a whole. Customer satisfaction is the key measure for our branches, with our focus on long-term customer relationships, and Kevin’s appointment is appropriate to support our growth agenda.

“Previously, anyone employed on the corporate side has worked with a portfolio as well as focusing on business development. The big change for Kevin is he will not have a portfolio, will be more market facing and that will allow Handelsbanken Edinburgh to become more proactive with Kevin covering the entire city in the new role.”

There are now nine branches established in Scotland and north Cumbria as part of a 150-plus network since opening in the UK in 1982.

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