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Castle Trust appoints Mikkel Bates as head of marketing

Castle Trust has appointed Mikkel Bates as head of marketing.

Bates has 30 years’ financial services experience, including eleven at Societe Generale Asset Management UK, where he was head of marketing.

He will report to chief executive Sean Oldfield.

Bates says: “The challenge of launching a new business like this with such a compelling proposition is something that does not come along very often so naturally I jumped at the chance to get on board.”



Thames River name may be dropped in F&C revamp

Advisers believe F&C Asset Management will drop the Thames River Capital name as the firm considers a rebrand. F&C has confirmed it is recruiting a new head of marketing but says no decision has been made about the future of the Thames River name. In September, F&C announced it was rebranding its UK multi-manager retail […]


NPI blunder doubled 12,000 pension projections

Around 12,000 NPI pension policyholders received annual projections twice their actual value after a system error doubled up guaranteed yearly pension and annual bonus figures. Policyholders were sent the projections between March 16 and April 13 this year. They were sent the correct information and told there had been a mistake in a letter dated […]

Leeds BS appoints Peter Hill as new chief executive

Leeds Building Society has announced that Peter Hill will succeed Ian Ward as chief executive. Earlier this week, Money Marketing revealed the building society was recruiting for a new chief executive in case deputy chief executive David Pickersgill, who was in line to replace Ward, did not return from sick leave. Hill joined the society […]


FCA set to increase enforcement action

The Financial Conduct Authority is set to increase the number of enforcement cases against the firms it will regulate when it replaces the FSA at the end of 2012. In a document outlining the FCA’s approach to financial regulation, the FSA says that the FCA’s more interventionist stance and lower tolerance for consumer detriment is […]

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Guide: how to… audit your auto-enrolment scheme compliance

As the Pensions Regulator starts to bare its teeth and the changes mentioned in the Budget and Queen’s Speech start to come into force, it is essential that you understand your scheme and the processes you need to undertake to ensure it remains compliant. Our second re-enrolment guide looks at how to audit the key areas of your auto-enrolment scheme.


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