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BBB deputy Main leaves after three months

Berkeley Berry Birch deputy chairman Bill Main is stepping down only three months after being hailed as a “significant appointment” by chairman and chief executive Cliff Lockyer.

Finance director Craig Butcher and non-executive director Kevin Higginson are also leaving in the latest in a string of high-profile departures. Former network division chief executive Richard Howells left in August after two years and ex-group chief executive Stephen Ingledew left in March after four years. Jim Gaskin stepped down as non-executive director in February 2002 after a short spell on the board.

Lockyer says: “The way that Bill wanted the company to be run differed significantly from the rest of the board.He has come from a huge organisation and we are a small IFA, which I think caused the difference of opinion. We have little money to spend while he is used to clicking his fingers and millions being produced. Harmony prevailed in the end although all parties are disappointed.”

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