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Mortgage Express managing director Tim Dawson is retiring on March 31. He leaves after 16 years at the lender and will not be replaced. The senior management team will instead report to parent company Bradford & Bingley lending director Chris Gillespie.

HBOS is also set to undergo a change at the top after chief executive James Crosby’s decision to quit the group. He will be replaced by chief operating office Andy Hornby on July 31.

Until that time, the pair will continue to work together to ensure a smooth handover.

Eight more BM Solutions staff will join Oakwood Group ahead of the private equity firm’s launch of a new lender firm later this year. The exodus follows hot on the heels of the departure from HBOS of Michael Bolton in October – who also took four senior staff with him – to establish the new arm. The latest to leave include HBOS specialist lending head of operational credit Chris Preston and senior product manager Colin Barrett.

Abbey has appointed Alan Brener as compliance director. He took up his role at the end of December and was formerly director of retail compliance at Royal Bank of Scotland between 2001 and 2005.

Leeds Building Society has appointed Carol Kavanagh as a non-executive director. Kavanagh, who has worked in retail business for over 20 years, is currently Argos human resources director and will retain that role. The Leeds post is her only current non-executive role.

Skipton has announced a management restructure following the retirement of directors Alan Scotter and Ron McCormick. Operations director David Cutter takes the new position of group corporate development director.

He will be assisted by two group commercial directors, customer services general manager Peter Craddock and Homeloan Manage- ment MD Steve Haggerty. Richard Twigg will chair the society’s operational board alongside his role as finance director while James Mack becomes general manager for finance.
Life and pensions
As part of the restructure of the Norwich Union UK businesses, Patrick Snowball (right), currently group executive director of general insurance, will become group executive director of Aviva UK and will be responsible for the group’s UK businesses.

This includes Norwich Union Life, Norwich Union Insurance and RAC, with the exception of Morley Fund Management. Snowball also takes over as executive chairman of Norwich Union Life.

The Pension Trust has appointed Phil Bradish as sales manager following a restructure of its sales team. He was formerly at Pensions & Benefits Services, where he was a pensions consultant. Robert Fletcher and Roddy Hoffman also join the team as sales consultants.

Bill Shannon is taking over as non-executive chairman at Aegon UK. Shannon replaces Charles Monaghan, who retired from the board on November 30, 2005. Shannon has been a non-executive director of Aegon UK since 1997.

He is also a non-executive director of Matalan plc, Barratt Homes and chairman of Gaucho Grill restaurant.

Winterthur Life has signed up Lord Patten as non-executive director. Formerly the MP for the City of Oxford West and Abingdon, he has held a number of positions with both listed and private companies.

Winterthur has also appointed Andrew Farrelly to enhance its adviser support services. Farrelly previously held senior sales positions at Clerical Medical and Prudential and has 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Reliance Mutual Insur-ance has appointed Cara Whatford to its manage-ment team in the newly created position of finan-cial controller.

She is responsible for the overall finance function for Reliance Mutual, including management information and its resources for future acquisitions of closed funds by the company. Prior to joining Reliance Mutual, Cara was chief accountant at Swiss Life.


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