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Darts for darts’ sake

Chelsea Financial Services managing director Darius McDermott has another weapon in his deadly public relations arsenal – he can play darts. And really, really well.

McDermott was in best form last week, soundly beating MM news editor James “I beat Andy Fordham” Phillipps and investment reporter Matt Davis after pretending he was just an average player.

The Diary welcomes challengers – we need the practice. l ABN Amro’s young turks aboard the imaginatively named yacht ABN Amro 2 have shown they are no respecters of age nor authority after breaking the world speed record previously held by their elder statesmen in ABN Amro 1. AA1 skipper Mike Sanderson’s muted congratulatory message ends: “Haven’t we taught you to respect your elders better than that?”d Smithfield PR director Richard Stephenson is planning to take six MPs to the Arctic on an 800km dogsled ride in his latest fundraising effort for The Children’s Society, Cancer Research UK and Crimestoppers.

The MPs, drawn from all sides of Parliament, will have to face temperatures as low as -40O and build igloos and snow holes to sleep in. They also have to look after their own team of huskies throughout the challenge.

Richard hopes to make room for a couple of celeb- rity adventurers on the trip. Anyone interested in sponsoring the expedition should email RStephenson@


Chief executive Marr steps down at Origen

Origen chief executive Gareth Marr has resigned from the Aegon-owned IFA firm after recent health problems. The move comes as Origen confirms it will be integrating the Positive Solutions’ platform into its business. Marr has been in financial services for 30 years and will remain with the firm in the short term on a consultancy […]

NU set to boost policy bonuses

Most of NU’s with-profits policyholders will see an increase in regular bonuses this year after the CGNU with-profits fund returned 17.7 per cent last year.


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