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People on the move: Mortgages

Virgin Money UK managing director Rob Clifford has left the business due to the burden on his family life of travelling between the firm’s nationwide offices.

Clifford, who joined the lender from Mortgageforce in December 2008, is now on gardening leave but Virgin says the departure does not impact on its plans to enter the mortgage market. Clifford is tipped to be planning to launch a mortgage broking business.

Mortgages PLC former deputy chief executive Peter Beaumont and former chairman Trevor Pothecary have set up Residential Property Solutions, a sale and rentback firm.

Co-Operative Bank former marketing director David Newman has also joined the firm, which they describe as an ethical sale and rent-back service.

European Financial Solutions, the owner of Mortgage Next, has bought Mortgage Intelligence.

The distributors will operate under the Mortgage Intelligence Holdings umbrella.

Mortgage Intelligence managing director Sally Laker will become managing director of the group while Mortgage Next managing director Gemma Harle will stand down.

Skipton former managing director Steve Haggerty has been appointed group chief executive of Crown Westfalen UK. Haggerty, who helped set up Skipton’s third-party administrator HML, will oversee the growth strategy of Crown Westfalen subsidiary Crown Mortgage Management, which currently manages over £3bn in commercial and residential mortgage loans.

Evaluate Technologies has appointed Francis Ghiloni as commercial director.

Ghiloni was the co-founder and former marketing and business development director at the online direct-to-consumer mortgage company Mform.co.uk, which closed its doors earlier this year.

Catholic Building Society former chief executive Ivan Gould has been appointed to the position of chief executive at Buckinghamshire Building Society. He replaces Jim Mundell, who is retiring.

Eric Stobart has been appointed to Norwich & Peterborough‘s board and will chair its audit committee. Stobart spent over 30 years with the Lloyds TSB Group, from which he retired at the end of 2008.


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