View more on these topics

Out of context

•”If people continue to get divorced, quite frankly, it&#39s good business for us.” – Countrywide chief executive Harry Hill.

•”How nice it has been to sit at the head table with the cast of Last of the Summer Wine.” – Guest speaker Radio 4&#39s Garry Richardson at The Mortgage Event gala dinner.

•”Try and pin Ray down? He&#39s like the Scarlet Pimpernel.” – B&B&#39s Siobhan Hotten on Charcol&#39s Ray Boulger.

•”There really was a lot of bling.” – The Money Portal&#39s Kerry Nelson at a rap festival in Miami.

•”I&#39m trying to figure out if when this woman comes in I should kiss her or not”. – Pivotal&#39s Keith Brookbank struggles with his social etiquette.

•”I am keen and available for the Woking Hockey Club pantomine.” – Skandia Investment Managers&#39Jamie MacLeod reveals another talent.

Any Out of Contexts or Diary stories? Send them to Diary editor Alison Bone, email: or tel: 0207 943 8037


Michael Jones

I f Fidelity was looking for an enthusiastic proponent to head UK distribution, it has not gone far wrong with Michael Jones. Jones hails from the institutional side of the fund management business at Merrill Lynch although his last position there was in third-party retail. But there is little to suggest he will not be […]

Zurich set to move into IFA protection market

Zurich is planning to enter the IFA protection market early next year. It is understood to be focusing its relaunch on a small number of IFAs and will increase roll-out over 2005. Protection development at Zurich will be headed by protection development manager Gerry Warner, formerly of Standard Life. Features believed to be included in […]

Critical questions

A conference at the Royal College of Pathologists last week hosted by General Cologne Life Re UK brought experts together to address current critical-illness standard definitions and how these could change in the future. Experts from institutions around the UK discussed five critical-illness conditions -cancer-solid tumours, leukemia, myocardial infarction (heart attacks), stroke and multiple sclerosis […]

Tablets for stressed IFAs

Increased business demands in recent years have meant that advisers have needed to work harder and longer often just to stand still. Add to this the average two hours a day spent commuting and it is easy to see why better alternatives are being pursued. Technology has long promised a smarter way of working but […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up


    Leave a comment