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Mint Financial Services chief executive officer and co-founder Paul Gains is to leave the firm next year. Gains, who has been absent from the network since November 26, is currently on gardening leave and his employment will terminate in February 2011.

Former Beachcroft Regul-atory Consulting managing director Richard Hobbs has joined Lansons Commun-ications to set up a regulatory consulting arm. The Lansons public affairs division is being rebranded Lansons Public Affairs and Regulatory Consulting and Hobbs joins as board director.

The Financial Ombudsman Service has appointed Natalie Ceeney as chief ombudsman and chief executive. Ceeney succeeds Walter Merricks, who stepped down last October after 10 years. She will join as chief ombudsman on March 22 from the National Archives, where she is chief executive and keeper of the public records.

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has appointed Kate Bartlett as new director of operations. Bartlett joins on February 1. She also becomes an executive director of the FSCS.

The FSA has appointed former Which? consumer champion Julian Edwards as consumer senior adviser. Edwards, who took up the role on January 1, has more than 30 years’ experience working for various organisations, including Which? and Consumer International.

Nucleus has made former Standard Life Savings chief operating officer Aileen Mathieson its new chief financial officer. Mathieson, who was responsible for the execution of Standard Life’s platform strategy, will be responsible for overseeing the financial affairs of the Nucleus wrap. She replaces Neil Howitt, who left the platform last November.

Unleash Advice Partnership IFA Adrian Kidd has left the advisory firm to join Barclays Corporate.

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