Co-operative bank strengthens Yorkshire team with charities manager

31 January 2013

Helen-Place-2-0811The Co-operative Bank has strengthened its team in Yorkshire with the appointment of a new specialist relationship manager for charities and social enterprises in the region.

Helen Place has been appointed to support the Bank’s not-for-profit customers In Yorkshire and East Midlands.

Helen has more than 20 years experience in banking having held a number of relationship roles covering Yorkshire, the North East and Nottingham.


Helen said:

The Co-operative Bank has a long-standing and close relationship with the sector and the two have shared aims to improve the lives for others in society.

The Bank has a trusted reputation and places importance on strong relationships with managers who are totally dedicated to supporting charity and other not-for-profit customers through good and challenging times.

I’m looking forward to working with those charities and social enterprises based across the region.


Barbara Hodgson, Regional Manager at the Bank’s Charity and Social Enterprise Unit added: 

I’m delighted to welcome Helen to the team.

She brings excellent local knowledge and experience that I’m sure will enhance the high levels of service our customers have come to expect from us.


Helen will be based from the Bank’s Corporate Banking Centre on King Street in Leeds.

The Bank believes its relationship approach, co-operative model and position as the UK’s only high street bank with a clear Ethical Policy makes it a natural choice for the charities sector.

It is an established provider to charities and social enterprises of all sizes and offers banking services to some of the UK’s most well-known groups such as Christian Aid and Amnesty International.

For organisations with annual turnover above £1m it offers a tailored banking service supported by the knowledge and expertise of a dedicated relationship manager.  For groups with turnover below this amount it offers the award winning Community Direct Plus Account, which offers free banking, and the opportunity to apply for project funding from the Customer Donation Fund.

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