George Higginson has been appointed Director of Northern Ireland, Partnerships & Mortgages at Bank of Ireland UK. George will succeed Ian Sheppard, who has decided to leave the Bank.
Ian McLaughlin, CEO, Bank of Ireland UK said: “I would like to congratulate George Higginson on his new appointment. George is a recognised leader in financial services and brings a wealth of experience to this important role, as we continue to invest in our branch and digital customer services in Northern Ireland, as well as relocate our UK Head Office to Belfast during 2022. George will continue to lead our long-established financial services partnerships with Post Office and the Automobile Association, as well as our successful UK mortgage business.”
“Ian Sheppard is leaving after a long and successful career in Bank of Ireland spanning over 24 years. I want to thank Ian for his exceptional contribution and wish him well for the future.”
George joined Bank of Ireland in 2019 as Director of UK Mortgages and in 2020 was appointed Director of Home Buying & Ownership. During this time he has successfully led the delivery of the Bank’s mortgage transformation strategy, which includes the growth of its Award-winning ‘Bespoke’ mortgage proposition. He is a leading financial services professional with over 30 years’ experience, having held CEO and Board roles in the mortgage and wealth intermediary markets and within the banking sector. George is also Chair of Northridge Finance Board, Bank of Ireland UK’s motor finance subsidiary.
A graduate of Ulster University, George lives in Holywood, County Down.
George Higginson said: “I am excited to be taking on this new role. Bank of Ireland has supported customers, businesses and local communities in Northern Ireland since 1825, and has a unique history. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to build on this legacy, as we continue to play a strong role in Northern Ireland for years to come.”