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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.”


Bull in a mortgage shop

Secure Mortgages has taken on board the talents of ex-Wolves goal machine Steve Bull to unveil its new financial services shop in Wolverhampton.

Derbyshire expands its mortgage services

Derbyshire Building Society is increasing its product range, becoming the latest corporate introducer to work with national broker Mortgage Force. The deal, available through all 53 of their branches and online, increases the number of mortgages approved for Derbyshire customers, benefiting those who may face difficulty getting a mortgage due to poor credit rating or […]

Home on the range

Non-conforming lender Mortgages plc believes the challenges to innovation posed by regulation will see lenders bounce back with some interesting products and it has its own range lined up, including plans for affordability-based lending.


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